Student skiers

For Spencer Guerschuny, cruising down the slopes is exhilarating, even though it seems to be shortly followed by a face plant.
Guerschuny, a Norwich sophomore and Massachusetts native, picked up skiing at the age of 20 after spending a year living in Vermont. After just one time on the mountain he was looking to buy his own gear.

Anyone can learn to ski, but the best skiers start at a young age. Connor Gobeille was first pushed down the hill at the age of two. “After that my parents took me every weekend,” said Gobeille.
Skiing is a commitment and easier for a fearless child to pick up than an adult worried about getting hurt.
“I remember the day my parents took off the leash and I was free to fly down the hill on my own,” said Gobeille.
Now at the age of 19, Gobeille can do the hardest level trail, a double black diamond.
For Guerschuny, he is going to stick to the green trails for a while, also referred to as the “bunny hill.” He is learning the basics such as, “pizza and french-fries,” which is how beginners learn how to stop and go.
Guerschuny says going with people that have been skiing for years pushes him to want to get better and go faster.
Skiing gear and ski passes are not very cheap though. Skis, boots and poles can cost almost a thousand dollars and a day ski pass at the cheapest can be $40 dollars.
Some people go with snowboarding instead because the cost can be less. A snowboard and boots go for close to $700 dollars.
“I started off skiing when I was younger, but when I grew out of my skis it was cheaper to pick up snowboarding,” said Katie Quebec, who grew up close to a mountain in New Hampshire.
But when people pick up skiing at an older age they really do not have their parents to help them with the money.
Guerschuny has a work-study job here at Norwich and saved his money from that. “I got the boots, but after that I had only half what I needed to get the skis,” he said. “Good thing it was my birthday and after a long talk with my dad he agreed to help me with the rest of the money.”
Now with all the gear he is ready to hone his skills and conquer the mountain.
“You never feel more alive,” said Taylor Stringfellow, who has only been skiing a few times. “When you start moving fast, one mistake can lead to a nasty fall. You feel this odd sense of invincibility.”
Stringfellow grew up in Rhode Island and did not try skiing until coming to Norwich. “It’s Vermont, I had to try it,” he said.
Even if a person is not the best at skiing, the learning process can still be exciting. “I know I am going to come back wet and cold,” said Guerschuny. “But I don’t care, I’m still having fun and getting better every day.”


  1. Mark Cates says:

    I am an old friend of Connor’s and i was wondering if i could interview him. I am very interested in going to Norwich and wrestling there. It would be great if i could get an email back, or a text at (802)324-6835. Thank you.

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