Girls ski coach Tom Owen has guided the team to a 4-1 record so far this season. Because of his ski experience beginning in his early childhood and his part time job as a ski instructor at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, we asked him several questions about his experience at Staples and on the slopes.
Inklings: When did you begin skiing?
Tom Owen: I began skiing when I was 8 years old, in 1964.
I: When did you start coaching the Staples ski team?
T: I started coaching the ski team at Staples my first year working here as a teacher, 1979-80.
I: What is the best skiing experience you’ve had?
T: Skiing with my two kids at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I: What is the worst skiing experience you’ve had?
T: Skiing with my kids at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I ended up hitting a tree and fracturing my pelvis. The only accident I’ve had in 50 years.
I: What tip can you give to beginning skiers?
T: Stay on terrain that is appropriate for your level. Do not let your friends take you to the top of the mountain to ski or ride down an expert trail.
I: What do you think is the best way to stay warm in the coldest skiing conditions?
T: Dress in layers with a base layer that will wick away moisture from your body.
I: What does your skiing outfit look like?
T: A grey helmet, burnt orange Okemo uniform jacket, grey pants, blue boots, black gloves, and a black down vest over 2-3 layers of long underwear.
I: What type of skiing do you prefer? East Coast or West Coast and why?
T: West Coast. There is more terrain, more snow, less crowds and the big mountain feeling is amazing.
I: What is your favorite snack to have in between ski runs?
T: Anything with protein in it.
I: Can you share an experience you’ve had in the East or West that has affected your opinion?
T: Skiing out West, skiing in five feet of fresh powder, it’s incomparable.