Purveyor of RAD #0004 - Heather Kenison
Last December we piled in an SUV and headed to Lake Tahoe for our buddies wedding. Upon arrival, we sat down at The Plump Jack in Squaw Valley and ordered a couple cold brews. This is when we met Heather Kenison. As the afternoon progressed we became enthralled by Heather's story and inspired by her passion for RAD activities in the great outdoors. Here is an interview we put together with Heather after her shift ended. Enjoy!
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Santa Cruz but grew up in the boonies of New Hampshire. A small town called Barrington. I had an idilic childhood near the sea coast where my parents taught me how to farm and tap maple trees. I started getting rad as soon as I could walk romping in the woods.
If you could take any three people to a dinner party who would they be?
Kip Garre, Shane McConkey and Benjamin Brackett. All amazing people and friends that I've lost in skiing accidents. Get RAD but stay safe.
What does your ideal day look like on the Mountain?
My ideal day is somewhat unrealistic but I like dreaming. I'd wake to the avy bombs going off because it snowed a few feet the night before. I'd role over to KT-22 and the only people there would be me and my friends because the road blew up and no one could get to Squaw. I'd get on the first chair and have my pick of any line on the mountain. My first line would be down The Fingers and I would stomp my line and make it look easy. My next line would be down The West Face going Mach 10. The day would continue like this as we moved from lift to lift slaying untracked Pow until I could barely move my legs. I would celebrate with a tasty beer at Le Chamois. I'd power nap after my celebratory beers and then get all snazzy for a 10 course meal at PlumpJack. I'd spend the evening eating my favorite foods paired with my favorite wines and favorite people.--Favorites--
Trip you've been on:
I've been skiing, rafting and partying all over the world. It's hard to choose...Backcountry skiing in Patagonia...Slaying Pow in the Austrian Alps...Crushing rapids in the Grand Canyon...Being a judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam...Boating through the jungle in Guatemala.
Place to take photos:
On the top of any mountain or the bottom of any canyon.
Do or do not, there is no try.
Anything pop country.
Type of transportation: A long bus ride without a bathroom.
Where do you live now?
I live behind the Tram building in Squaw Valley
Is it RAD? Why / Why Not?
It is beyond RAD. I put my ski boots on in my living room and walk to the lifts. I can ski back to my house. My community is supportive and fun. I have an amazing job that allows me to ski, boat, travel, bike and hike. I've got a high quality of life that I'm extremely grateful for.
What are you most looking forward to in 2014?
I've got a few trips in the works right now. We'll have to see which ones I can pull off. A 120 mile river trip down Labyrinth Stillwater Canyon in the fall. Backcountry Skiing in the Eastern Sierras in the Spring. I'm also trying to plan a trip doing the Haute Route in the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt, but I'm thinking that might be 2015.
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