Rick Vesole first learned to snow ski when he was in college. His first skiing trip was to the place that is one of the best places to ski … Vail, Colorado. He went for a week. He started out taking lessons on the first day on the bunny hill. After a half day of lessons, he was ready to take on the big slopes. He even tried the advanced slopes that first week. What Rick really loved was going fast and navigating between and over moguls. He also liked jumping through mid-air, and trying to land without falling. Rick even went off the slopes to dodge through the trees and try his skis at something more challenging.
When Rick first met his wife, he recommend that she learn to ski too. Once she learned, they went together and it became something that they really loved doing together.
Other places that Rick skied over the years included Aspen, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat Springs, and Winter Park – all in Colorado. Being from Iowa, he often skied closer to his home in the Midwest such as Indianhead Mountain, Michigan, Afton Alps, Minnesota, Devil’s Head, Mt. La Crosse & Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, Chestnut Mountain in Illinois, Sundown in Iowa, and Snowstar in the Quad Cities, where he lives.
What is your hobby?
I love snow skiing and getting out into the beautifully mountain ranges of Colorado and the Midwest.
How did you get started with this hobby?
When I was in college, some of my friends asked me to go skiing with them at Vail Mountain in Colorado. Once I joined them, I knew that it would be something that I would enjoy for a long time. It later becomes something that I enjoy doing with my family as well.
Tell us what you love about your hobby.
I loved the challenge of it, the speed, jumps and trying to maintain my balance. Even falling was fun.
What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?
Skis, poles and boots. And of course, the expense of getting there and the lift tickets.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?
Sporting goods stores for the most part. I like looking for a deal on great quality gear.
How much money have you invested into this? How much would a beginner have to invest to get started?
At first I rented equipment. Then once I knew I wanted to keep doing it, I bought my own equipment. I don’t recall the cost, but in the long run, it is more economical to buy than to rent, and the equipment you buy is more custom fit to your needs.
Are there any good books for beginners?
I didn’t read any books – just had a few lessons and the rest was by trial and error, and practice. The best thing you can do is start with someone who is already good at it, and keep practicing until you are able to ski without many falls.
Are there any online videos you recommend to help beginners?
There probably are many on You tube. I recommend doing a search for “skiing for beginners”. There will be videos on pointers of all types.
How has your hobby changed your life?
Lots of fun and great memories. A great way to spend time with your friends and significant other.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Just do it – don’t give up, you will get better over time, and even if you never get “good” it will still be fun.