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AVSC’s Lisa Perricone sports deep skiing roots

AVSC staff report
A skier heads out from the start of the Wilder Dwight Memorial downhill last weekend.
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Lisa Perricone

AVSC Alpine Lead Coach — As a Steamboat Springs native, Lisa Perricone grew up skiing under the lights of Howelsen Hill, getting her first taste of the sport from the seat of a baby’s hiking backpack as her father skied around the mountain.

While in preschool, her mother would come every winter day during nap time to take her skiing for an hour while her classmates slept.

“I was a fanatic from the get-go,” said Perricone, “I have loved everything about skiing from the very beginning.”

As a young athlete, Perricone had a lot of success in alpine ski racing, representing the United States at the world level.

“It motivated me to have ambitious goals in the sport,” said Perricone, who later went on to race for the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Throughout her collegiate career, she earned five All-American honors and served on the NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Board.

After graduating, Perricone collaborated with a local alpine team in Boulder, creating a program to support athletes who were of college age and wanted to race competitively — many with goals of making a collegiate team or the U.S. Ski Team.

Additionally, she worked for the Eldora Mountain Ski Club for three seasons.

After living on the Front Range for seven years, Perricone missed genuine, exceptional skiing and decided to make the move to Aspen.

Perricone, the alpine U16 lead coach, has been with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club for the last three seasons.

Her love for the mountains and passion for skiing was the driving force that led her to AVSC.

“I have met the most amazing athletes and families in my short time here in Aspen,” Perricone said, “The rich culture of skiing in this valley makes me proud to continue the tradition in some way.”

Rocky Mountain Freestyle Series

AVSC hosted the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Series at the Stapleton Training Center at Aspen Highlands. It was a busy weekend for all disciplines and the most traffic the course has seen this year with more than 110 competitors carving away on the moguls on Thunderbowl.

Rocky Freeski Divisional Championships

Snowy and windy conditions in Vail confronted athletes competing in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air.

Carson Campisi had two of her best runs of the season, walking away with two-second place finishes in halfpipe.

Joey Lang finished inside the top five if both halfpipe events.

Wilder Dwight Memorial

During the first two days of competition at the Wilder Dwight Memorial, FIS and USSA athletes competed in downhill. AVSC athletes skied strong, with the men and women’s FIS team having podium finishes both days and the men sweeping the field on Monday.