It would be tough to deny that I had a very soulful and rich experience this past week. From the group bonding, to your guidance, to the epic snow…it was a weekend to remember. I wanted to push my own limits in a direction that I hadn’t tested before, and although I was a bit unsure as to what this workshop would entail, I never felt threatened, and always remained open. I just went with it. And it felt right.” -Dave Young
“I came to Ski to Live for some help getting unstuck- I thought in my skiing. I learned through you that the work to become unstuck in my skiing are in fact tools to get unstuck in life. What will bring me more in life will also bring more to my skiing. This did not go as planned! It went better. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” -Philip Holbert
“I want to say that your clinic…Well it moved me. It has opened a lotta flow and I’m going a lotta places maybe I didn’t dream I could before.” -Beth Ricciardi
“It was an extraordinary experience. The combination of applying consciousness perspective and technique to skiing itself was truly excellent. Of course the person doing the teaching is the key and Kristen manifests what she teaches.” David Meggyesy
“Kristen Ulmer created a safe place to go deeper than anyone had offered before, to explore the mind, body and spiritual connection in relation to a key element: skiing.”- Abby Landmeier
“Dear David, (letter to a friend)
I just completed my first “Ski to Live” clinic, and I am so indebted to you for bringing it to my attention, for introducing Kristen Ulmer into my life, and also for so strongly encouraging me to participate in it. It was truly an amazing journey.
My skiing did improve, using many of her “voices” to do the task. Her teachings were really quite profound, and the fact that we could turn it into actively skiing made all the difference to me.
This did shift many things in my life, and I only just completed the clinic a few days ago. Of course she remembered you, and thanked you for passing the word on to me. And so you were in my thoughts during these last few days, as I only briefly met you at Alta. But you passed the magic on.” -Lisa Hahn
“I am a person who likes to read and research but some things must be experienced. It’s like the difference between reading a recipe and tasting the food. What (Ski to Live) offers absolutely must be experienced and I can think of no better “classroom” for exploring one’s big mind, big heart and place in the universe than the spectacularly beautiful mountains in Utah. I also can’t imagine a better guide for the journey than Kristen. STL is fascinating, intense and really fun.” -Lisa Reifsnyder
“(Ski to Live) was, bar none, head and shoulders above the rest, the most powerful teaching and skiing experience I have had in my 39 years of skiing.” -Randy Wall
Julia Mancuso worked with Kristen 3 days before the 2010 Olympics, where she won two silver medals in ski racing: “The work helped me see things from several new and unique perspectives. I really appreciate the time we spent together.” -Julia Mancuso
People ask me all the time why I started Ski to Live.
I want to tell you a story about my past you may find shocking. It explains why I started these evolutionary mindset ski and snowboard camps, and also illustrates the next top mindset tip.
When I was 22 years old I was competing in local Utah mogul competitions and generally coming in last place. Heck, I hadn’t even owned a pair of ski pants until two years prior- just competing in anything was a big step.
That summer, while my fellow competitors trained on snow at expensive camps at Mount Hood, Whistler or even South America- I decided to take a trip to Asia by myself. For 5 months. To work on my self esteem.
I had two rules on this trip. I made these rules because I realized my self worth was entirely based on the fact I was pretty, and could ski well. I realized I wasn’t going to always be pretty, or always ski well, and I thought I’d better find a way to build a more solid personal foundation.
My rules where this:
1. I would make myself as ugly as possible: wearing coke bottle glasses instead of contacts, not washing my hair and wearing frumpy clothes.
2. I was not allowed to tell anyone I skied.
On that trip, I volunteered for Mother Teresa’s House for the Destitute and Dying in Calcutta, India. I was robbed in the Philippines by a group of 30 scam artists and forced to leave the country at gun point. I almost lost my right leg to gangrene in Nepal. The challenging but magical summer ended and I came home.
The first mogul competition that next season was a special event for the entire west against the best technically trained mogul skiers in the country. I felt funny just being there. But I didn’t come in last place like usual. I won. I killed it, actually.
Within one single year, I then made it on the US Ski Team. That same year I also filmed 3 ski movies, and was subsequently named by 4 different ski magazines the best woman “extreme” skier in the world.
Here’s the math: I became world class at two different sports, in one year, without a single drop of technical training. I’d never had any technical training actually.
That trip forever changed my life and how I saw myself. We all hear mindset is everything in sports. Well, I know it because I lived it.
THAT’S why I started these camps. Now I teach it.
Tip #6 is this: shake yourself out of your comfort zone, take a bold step away from what’s familiar, and try something new. And I don’t just mean skiing with your boots unbuckled for a run.
Look to the infinite world and get creative! Shave your head for a cause. Wear tap shoes to the grocery store. Take a year off your sport to study Taoism. Get a cat instead of a dog.
It’s hard, I know. The biggest addictions we have in society aren’t drugs, alcohol or sex. Our biggest addiction is to who we believe ourselves to be. Those beliefs and habits are hard to crack. It’s rare when anyone truly expands outside the stone rock of their comfort zone.
But please, take a leap. Don’t ever turn to stone. Be an open, empty, upright cup ready to receive new teachings, to learn new things.
Because when learning happens, magic happens.