Both your parents were ski
instructors. How did that
Tremendously. ;ey both gave me the
sense of what it was like to give up your
free time to help people who want to
be outside and active during the winter.
Growing up, I watched them make other
people’s lives better through skiing and
that made a pretty deep impression on me.
I really don’t know what people do during
the winter if they aren’t on the mountain.
How has snowboarding
improved your life?
In too many ways to count; it has brought
me lifelong friends, given me a winter
family that I can rely on (even when it’s
not winter), inspired me to move forward
in other areas of my life when things get
rough, and humbled me. ;e struggles
each of us go through in our daily lives
HOLLY ANNE ANDERSEN
Snowboard Level III, Adaptive Snowboard Level II,
Alpine Level II Instructor, and Snowboard Examiner
for Eastern Division; Mount Snow, Vermont
seem manageable when you step outside
of what seems comfortable and look at
everyone else around you. What I mean
is that it has shown me that anything is
possible, regardless of an individual’s
particular circumstances. When you watch
a kid turn for the first time, or watch a
mono-skier rip through the bumps, the
rest of life becomes incredibly manageable.
Why is it important to you to share
the sport with other people?
Every aspect of the sport has taught me
something. Being hurt. Being cold. Being
with friends. It has taught me that if I
can do this, I can do anything, and we all
can. I would love for everyone who has a
desire to be outside have the opportunity
to enjoy my sport. I know it’s corny, but
I sometimes think of what Kennedy said
about not asking what your country can
do for you, but what you can do for your
country, and I feel the same way about
snowboarding. I’m really proud to be
able to give something back to the sport,
because it has given me so much.
Your kids’ initials spell JIB and
CAB – are you really that snow-
board crazy? Got any other fun ex-
amples of your snowboard mania?
Yes, my poor children were named,
in part, so that they would have cool
snowboarding initials. My parents gave
my sister and me cool initials too. Both
of my babies have been hauled o; to
PSIA-AASI events, clinics, exams, and
were pulled around on boards when they
were not even one-year-old yet. My first
daughter, JIB, made her first turns at six-weeks-old when we had a snowstorm and
I strapped skis on her stroller and took her
for a ride. I don’t care if they are good; I
just want them to love it.
What other sports do you do, and
how do they inform your world?
I spend as much time outside as I can. I
am an avid fisherman, I love to camp and
to hike. Riding my mountain bike is the
best time ever. Having two small children
makes this challenging, but always doable.
;e alternative does not seem to me to be
very much fun.
PSIA-AASI members talk a lot
about passion, What does that
word mean to you?
It means coming back to riding even
after bad injuries. It means that when
people ask you why you would ever
go back to a sport that caused you two
shoulder surgeries and one back surgery
(from being run into) you have no idea
what they are talking about. How can
you not come back to this? How can I
not be outside, playing on the bumps,
teaching a student on the greens, or just
turning left and right with friends? Maybe
being passionate about our sport means
having a general lack of common sense?
I don’t know.
Where do you see yourself in this
sport in 10 years? In 20?
I love that snowboarding is the type of
sport that keeps evolving, keeps changing.
I am not going anywhere. I will be around
to the bitter end.