By Courtney DiFiore
I’m really happy that International Women’s Ski Day is an actual thing because without it I don’t know if this amazing series would have ever taken off. Through my many interviews, I’ve realized that I’m surrounded by wonderful, talented women here at Stratton. Devon Paskewich is no exception. Paskewich started skiing when she was 3 or 4 and it was definitely a family thing. The Paskewich’s would pack up the car for weekend trips to Vermont all winter long.
After many seasons on skis, Paskewich decided to try snowboarding on for size just ten years ago. “I realized that was my calling; I fell in love,” remarks Paskewich. It’s one of the reasons she made the move up to Stratton full time! No complaints here. Now, Paskewich works as the Junior Mountain Sports School Manager. It’s the perfect job for her as she loves kids. That’s her favorite part of the job in fact. “They really do say the funniest things,” shares Paskewich, “one comment can really turn your day around.”
The bonds you make with your students are another bonus to the line of work Paskewich is in. She took a moment to go back in time and talk about a wonderful 3 days spent with a 70 year old woman she was teaching to snowboard. “By the third day she was making beautiful turns and totally rocked it! All I did was try and keep her happy, calm and prevent her from falling. I think we were inspiring to each other and I think it is important that women do that for one another,” explains Paskewich. Maybe that’s why she also participates in the Women’s Camps Stratton holds every season. If you have a passion for the sport, why not share it right?!
One thing she was able to personally share with me that I’ll pass along to all of you is that snowboarding and skiing have always been a great way to escape for her, making it seem like a very therapeutic and stress relieving activity. “Take time to explore new mountains and trails,” Paskewich tells me, “my favorite being the woods.” Who doesn’t like a good tree run?
In the off season you can still catch a glimpse of Paskewich on the mountain hiking, at the tennis courts channeling her inner William’s sister or indoor cycling. After all she is a certified cycling instructor. Is there anything this girl doesn’t do?