WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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around the globe in places like New Zealand, Switzerland, France, Iceland, Czechoslovakia, Andorra (a principality between Spain and France), Canada (Whistler), and the US (Colorado and Maine). Recently, Eddie competed at the European Open in Loch, Switzer - land. "I didn't do too great in practice that morning — I wasn't in my zone and a lot of other guys were really killing it," he recalls. "I needed a good result, so I was stressed going into the competition." While he was still doing warmup tricks, Eddie made move called a switch double cork. "At the apex of my jump, I looked up and I could see the sun rising over the Swiss Alps. The moment lasted a fraction of a second, but it felt as long as a minute," he says. "That instant made everything worth it. It reminded me of why I love to do slopestyle, and it took the pressure off." 130 Slope Style W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Getting Onboard Early: Ski Teams for Youngsters If your young ones love to get out there on skis, then it's not too early to get them involved in a more formal program. Two good nearby options are the Bogastow Ski Team at Nashoba Valley in Westford, Massachusetts, and the Gunstock Freestyle Academy in New Hampshire. Bogastow has has teams for skiers ages 7 and under, and several for children ages 8 and above. Young skiers train and compete in slalom and giant slalom courses against skiers from other local clubs. Bogastow competes in the Eastern Massachusetts Buddy Werner League. The season runs from December to March. For older kids aged 9 to 18, another option is to go a bit farther north to New Hampshire. The Gunstock Freestyle Academy seasonal coaching program is for experienced skiers and snowboard riders with the main focus on jumps and rails. Your children can learn new tricks, perfect old ones, and get ready for freestyle competition. Helmets are always required. BOGASTOW SKI TEAM: www.bogastow.org/ GUNSTOCK FREESTYLE ACADEMY: www.facebook.com/gunstockfreestyle

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