Stories of Snow

As the 2020-21 snow season rolls in, many skiers may be unable to continue their favorite winter pastime due to the coronavirus. However, as a school we are lucky to be only a short drive away from one of the most pristine mountain ranges in the world giving us fantastic conditions to strap our boots on.

Ivan Ijzerman, Paly Sophomore and Ski Team member

Racing down the slopes, Izjerman practices his slalom in Sun Peaks, Canada last year’s ski season, November 2019. Photo Courtesy of Tichy Racing Camp.

“The adrenaline and the feeling I have going down a course… Skiing is such a high risk sport which is what makes it that much more fun,” Ijzerman said. Ijzerman started skiing at the age of one, and it took off ever since, growing into a love for skiing. Ijzerman is currently part of the Sugar Bowl ski team, where he races the slalom.

Damon Schultz, Paly Junior

Schultz turns down Resitsu Mountain in Niseko, Japan, March 2020. Photo Courtesy of Andrew Schultz.

Growing up in Hong Kong, Schultz has been a traveler all his life, seeing countries all over the world. This allowed him at the time to see and experience some of the greatest snow and ski resorts on the planet. “My love for skiing had built over time from traveling to skiing locations around the world,” Schultz said. Visiting the Japanese island of Niseko last Ski season, “Niseko was awesome… the powder is so fluffy and all the trees are white and leafless,” Schultz said.

Yasmin Friedrichowitz, Paly Sophmore

Friedrichowitz prepares to strap up at Heavenly at Tahoe during last year’s ski season. Photo Courtesy of Ingo Friedrichowitz.

Friedrichowitz has been skiing at Tahoe a couple years now, and has loved every minute she is there. “You’re always having fun if you’re on the mountain,” Friedrichowitz said. Friedrichowitz, among many others this season are seeing the effects of Coronavirus on the Ski resort industry. “It’s just going to be much more of a hassle,” Friedrichowitz said.