Sun Valley, Idaho
Nicole works as a ski patroller at Sun Valley by winter, and is developing her medical skill set as an EMT the rest of the year. She appreciates any opportunity to sharpen her snow science skills whether in the resort or touring in the backcountry and she takes any opportunity to explore the many mountain ranges around Sun Valley on skis. In the drier months, Nicole adventures on two wheels and enjoys piecing together new trails and routes on gravel or single track.
Top Adventure Bucket-list Item: Winter Traverse of the Pioneer Mountains
Spirit Animal: Mountain Goat
What drew you back to Idaho after leaving for school?
Going to school in Colorado and traveling to the desert of Utah often, I had many outdoor opportunities that solidified my need to integrate it into my daily life. I loved many aspects of Colorado, but like many others felt a lack of direction after finishing school. Going back to my roots seemed like a good way to re-ground and allow my career course to naturally take shape in an environment I knew I loved and missed.
Looking back on the Leadville 100, what was your biggest take away and would you do it again?
Ahh so much to look back on regarding the Leadville 100! I'd have to say my biggest take away was learning just what I could put myself through physically (and mentally). You really don't know what you're capable of until you truly test yourself. There were so many instances where I [thought] I couldn't keep going, and then did. I think I would like to do it again. Understanding the course as well as knowing what you're getting yourself into is really such a huge advantage of that race. I am curious what it would be like with a different perspective and how I could do.
At Stio we believe balance is the key, how do you practice balance in your day to day life?
Yoga is an important way of resetting and bringing balance back to my life mentally and physically. It provides a metaphor for my entire life: balancing busyness with time off, pushing limits and knowing when to dial back.
What does Let The Outside In mean to you?
To me this means prioritizing the "micro adventures" as much as the big, ambitious ones. It could mean a sunset skin to picnic with friends or a quick bike ride for the sake of fresh air.