With all eyes currently on the Winter Olympics, we caught up with Aspen native and member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, Alex Ferreira. From his skiing career and aspirations to the best place to grab a bite to eat in Aspen, Ferreira shares a slice of his life:
Q: Can you tell us about how and when you got into skiing?
Ferreira: I started skiing when I was really young; I grew up doing it. I didn’t initially love it but as my skills improved and I discovered park and halfpipe skiing, I grew to love it.
Q: What was the breakthrough moment in your career?
Ferreira: I made my first X Games debut 5-6 years ago. That’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do.
Q: What’s your favorite memory of watching the Olympics? Did you imagine yourself competing there someday?
Ferreira: Growing up, I loved watching the trampoline gymnastics at the Summer Olympics. Seeing all the flips and aerobics was so cool. When I realized you could do the same kind of tricks on the mountain, that’s when I realized I could do them and someday compete.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in competing in the Olympics this year?
Ferreira: I’m most looking forward to representing my country as a whole.
Q: What are your favorite runs or mountains in Aspen?
Ferreira: They are all great! I love Buttermilk; it has one of my favorite parks to cruise through and halfpipes to ski on.
Q: Best spot in Aspen for a mountain lunch?
Ferreira: Cloud 9 is one of my favorite spots.
Q: And for après ski?
Ferreira: Chair Nine in the Little Nell.
Q: Overall, what has been the best part about growing up in Aspen?
Ferreira: Aspen is a very strong and respectful community; everyone here helps one another and is so kind. I am grateful to everyone for the support, and I can't wait to represent our country and our small town in the Olympics.
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