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Nicole Cordingley

Skier, River Guide, Writer  Image
Hometown New Hampshire
Current Town Salt Lake City, Utah
Instagram @nicolecordingley

Skier, mountain biker, kitesurfer, river guide, trail runner and giggler—Nicole loves fast skis, deep powder snow, sleeping under the stars, flowy singletrack, polished waves and steady wind, the pulse of a river, and a Type 2 adventure that sits on the line of “that was a bad idea.” She grew up in New Hampshire with pink dinosaur skis on her feet, even in the living room. Utah is home now, where Nicole gets to balance play with freelance marketing and writing work. She spends her summers river guiding in Idaho, on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork, dreaming about ski lines from beneath a different set of ponderosa pines every night.

Which of Stio's values personally align to you?

Outside is for Everyone. The thing I love most about river guiding is showing others a life outdoors. I get to introduce many people to their first night out camping and see people from all walks of life flourish when being immersed in nature for a week. There’s an innate human connection to nature, and it’s amazing to watch people find that.

How do you create balance in your daily life?

The balls are always in the air! And I try to make sure they aren't knives. I'm lucky to live in a place with amazing access to skiing, biking and running. Getting out to play every day helps me to prioritize work and the rest of my life. I simply work better when I get to move. Little ideas become big ones on a skin track, singletrack, or even in the singles line. Connections happen in my brain that I would never find at a desk.

What is a bucket list activity you have yet to do or a place that you have yet to go?

I get to do so many cool things and trips and feel very grateful for that. But, extended time in South America keeps coming up on my want-to-do list: kite in Brazil, rivers in Peru, explore the Andes.

What is your go-to workout music?

Shoop by Salt N Pepa.

What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue a life of mountain sports and adventures?

You don't need to know where you're going, just start walking.