Jumper: Chelsey Cook

Town: Fairbanks, Alaska

Quote: “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast…a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.” – Edward Abbey

About Chelsey: I grew up on a farm in New Hampshire, loving the mountains and the lakes. At 18 months old, my father had me on plastic skis, starting a life-long love affair with the sport. My dad loved skiing more than anyone I know, and I spent my childhood following him down mountains all over the north east. In high school and college I had a brief foray into ski racing, falling in love with the speed and precision, but always finding time for the occasional powder and tree run.

In 2014 I joined the U.S. Army, was stationed in Alaska, and fell madly in love with the state. While I went deep down the rabbit hole of backpacking and trail running, between my work schedule and the rather flat nature of Interior Alaska, skiing was largely put on the back burner. Beyond the occasional trip to Alyeska or backcountry skiing in the Deltas, my winters were largely spent on Nordic skis.

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This year, my contract with the military and my dad’s battle with cancer ended in short succession. The man who taught me to ski is no longer here to enjoy winter, but I, with his love of skiing firmly rooted in me, am.

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I’m determined to enjoy every bit of winter I can, and to make this season, and every one after it, the best one yet. For my dad.

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