Our opinion: Winhall skiier Forehand does Vermont proud

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It seems odd to be rhapsodizing about the glory of Vermont skiing as the snow melts and baseball season begins in earnest. But this is the time of year when the competitive ski season ends, and the news that Mac Forehand of Winhall and Stratton Mountain School has won a World Cup championship is well worth honoring here.

After all, what were you doing with your life when you were 17 years old?

Forehand, a junior at SMS, won a Crystal Globe trophy in slopestyle free skiing — basically, the kinds of jumps and tricks you can do on snowboards, except on skis. Other SMS graduates have gone on to World Cup glory, but Forehand is the first to snare a coveted Crystal Globe while still enrolled.

He's got his eye on the Beijing Winter Games in 2022, as does Caroline Claire, who made the U.S. Olympic Team's freeskiing squad as a senior at SMS last year.

"He is able to visualize whatever trick he wants to do and take all the steps to make it happen. It's been common over the years for him to land new tricks, first try," Forehand's coach at SMS, Jesse Mallis, told the Banner.

While his coaches told the Banner that Forehand has immense talent, it's clear that talent alone is not the secret to his success. During the season, he skis seven days a week. And his "summer" will be spent chasing the snow in the western U.S. and Canada and in New Zealand.

It helps that Forehand genuinely enjoys his sport. "I am constantly trying new tricks, skiing with my friends and having fun," Forehand told the Banner. "That is why I love the sport so much."

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