Afton's A-Team

AJ Ronning

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding: I stared snowboarding when I was 15 years old  

What are you the most amped about for the season:   Hot laps with all the homies at Hyland Hills and Afton when I can make it, other than that, USASA Nationals in Colorado.

What is your favorite food:I don’t have one, ill eat anything 

Whose style do you love: I could go on forever but ill list top 5, Matt Chase, Billy Bjork, Will Betts, Eli Lamm, & Robbie Roethler  

Favorite quote: Chill out, slow down and just look - Anonymous 

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Cayden Wood

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? I started skiing with my family at age 4.

Who are your sponsors? K2 Skis, Smith Optics, Orage, Full Tilt Ski Boots, Pinewskis Ski and Boardshop, Afton Alps

What are you the most amped about for the season? I'm amped to try some new rail and jump tricks that I haven't done before, as well as polish up on stuff I already know.

What is your favorite food? I love pizza and cheeseburgers!

Whose style do you love? My friend and mentor Nick Goepper, of course!

Favorite quote: "You can't hang with chickens and expect to soar with eagles."

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 Camilo Mejia

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding?Camilo Mejia began skiing at age 10 when he was in the fifth grade. A class field trip gave him his first experience and he was hooked! He has been involved with Special Olympics Minnesota every year since 1999 and competes on the St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks team which trains at Afton Alps. Since he was in middle school, he has skied and later chaperoned with the Mahtomedi Middle School Ski and Board club. They annually bring over 200 students to Afton Alps to enjoy night skiing. He has skied every year for the past ten years in Montana with a community group from Mahtomedi area. Camilo has been selected to compete on the USA Team for Special Olympics this coming March. The Special Olympics World Games will be held in Schladming Austria. Camilo will compete downhill and giant slalom. He'll be meeting the team in Vermont this December to prepare for the games sponsored by Special Olympics. This will be the highlight of his skiing career! 

What is your favorite food? He loves seafood but hopes to eat good Austrian food and he heard the Austrian beer was good too!

What do you do when not on the slopes? When not on the slopes, Camilo enjoys dancing at Curio Dance party nights in Stillwater with his friends and competing in swimming with Special Olympics.

Favorite quote: His favorite quote is the Special Olympics pledge: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

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 Garrett McKenzie

 

What age did you start snowboarding? 8 years old. 

Who are your sponsors? Smokin Snowboards and The House Boardshop

What are you the most amped about for the season? Filmin with all my homies and just riding with them as much as I can. 

What is your favorite food? Calamari and shrimp

Whose style do you love? Justin Fronius hands down!!

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Madi Dean

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? I started at age 3. My Dad took me to Afton and I skied on the bunny hill for the first time.  I rode the magic carpet and my Dad and I built a snow castle on the bunny hill!

Who are your sponsors? POC – I was selected to be part of their LPT Team

Rossignol – Skis, boots, and Look bindings

My Mom and Dad

What are you the most amped about for the season? I’m a first year U16 this year and that’s exciting because the level of competition is increasing. I’m super ready to SEND IT! 

What is your favorite food? Anything with the word Crepe in it! 

Whose style do you love? Lindsey Vonn – She’s the best in the world. Does it get better than that??Lara Gut – She’s small but fierce and has a cool style. I love that she is always a hard charger.

Favorite quote. "Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t".

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Noah Driscoll

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? I started snowboarding at age 8. Because all my friends were doing it in the winter.

Who are your sponsors? A lot of big things in the works….

What are you the most amped about for the season? The emphasis on the Terrain Park at Afton Alps this season. To start snowboarding all day and continue building awesome features. 

What is your favorite food? Italian. Pizza, Spaghetti, and lasagna. 

Whose style do you love? Tommy Gesme for the win!

Favorite quote: Just live life brah

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Ryan Paul

 

What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? I started Snowboarding when I was 11 in neighbors' backyard.

Who are your sponsors? My Sponsors are Zion Snowboards, The House Boardshop, Sessions Outerwear, Coal Headwear, Celtek, Zany Earth, Bent Metal and Dang Shades

What are you the most amped about for the season? Getting to shred every day again! 

What is your favorite food? Sounds weird but I'm pretty enthused on Vegan Food. I haven't officially declared "veganism" but I love the food. Also big into Yellow Curry right now.   

Whose style do you love?    My Friend Trevor Eichelberger has fun style! You can tell he is just out having fun and that's what its all about.

Favorite quote:My Family and I quote Tommy Boy non-stop when we're around each other. "did I catch a 'niner' in there? where you calling from a walkie talkie?"  

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Ryan Mattson

 
What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? Started skiing at age 8. 

What are you the most amped about for the season? Fresh pair of Volkls for racing and my trip to the Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, CO.

What is your favorite food? Pizza!

Whose style do you love? 

Ted Ligety’s edge angles are INSANE

Favorite quote: “Patience and Perseverance equals Progress.”

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Teagan Olin

 
What age did you start skiing? Age 2.

Who are your sponsors? Rossignol and Olin/Lacasse Ski Racing School

What are you the most amped about for the season? Hoping to shred on some snow this year, and not on any grass or dirt! Pray for Snow!

What is your favorite food? Peanut butter

Whose style do you love? Marcel Hirscher and Tony Olin: New School vs. Old School

Favorite quote: "Life can be slippery, unless you have sharp edges."

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Walker Murphy

 
What age did you start skiing or snowboarding? I started snowboarding when I was 5 years old.

Who are your sponsors? Ride snowboards, The house Boardshop, and Afton Alps.

What are you the most amped about for the season? SNOW!!!!!!!!!

What is your favorite food? Mama Murphs chilli

Whose style do you love? Lucas Magoon & Marcus Rand 

Favorite quote: Keep moving forward – Walt Disney; Ski Fast, Take Chances – Unknown 

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