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Parallel Lines

Like skiing, Ortho-bionomy has touch, light, sound and variability in density, it clearly connects the nervous system to the moment, it has flow, it requires transitional and adaptive skill, it has its own signature, and much like skiing a big mountain line, it contemplates the whole structure.

Follow the parallel lines between this current life work and my previous passionate pursuits as they become as clear to me as a ski turn signature on a bluebird powder day.  Indeed the similarities continue to stack up, one line after another, some staying parallel, some crossing in perfect ‘8’ formation.

An almost complete lack of access to skiing as a child and young person defined my passion for seeking mastery in the sport and the daily gratitude I have for being able to play in snow.  It was in my final moments of a brief tenure living in Whistler during my undergrad years that I had a clear vision of life within minutes of a ski area and I knew with the same crystal clarity that it wouldn’t be Whistler.  I was a few certification levels into my Alpine skiing instructor path and just completing my Masters in Adaptive Sports when I moved to Crested Butte to learn how to Telemark and sling coffee to support my ski habit.  This was the winter of 1996/97 and in driving down the small hill into town for the first time I realized in that single moment that I had found Brigadoon.  And that was the moment I officially started my life-long career as a ski bum.

I have now dedicated much my adult life to enjoying and anticipating both perfect and imperfect turns, in search of fluid lines, and of course the pursuit of coldsmoke moments. I have been 'working' as a Ski Industry professional along a number of different lines, formats and venues for almost 20 years, maintaining enough work to support the habit. 

 My own ski improvement is a life-long pursuit and I believe my best turns are still to come.  It is with this attitude and passion that I have worked with my students and my ski work, however varied, has consistently been directed toward helping people understand themselves better through intention and grit, having synthesized experiences, actively pursuing and discovering the spark that makes them want to experience flow, and perhaps seeking to find something that is at once stimulating and miraculously calming.

It has been affirming to discover that these very characteristics of experience, the objectives I had intentionally been directed toward my entire ski career also parallel the path of learning that Ortho-Bionomy offers. Like skiing, the work in Ortho-Bionomy is a life-long pursuit with a potential of depth in experience that is outside the realm of description.

Karen Reader