Meet Tessa, Your Snow Reporter for the Season
Tessa Malsam, a Colorado native, joins the Vail Resorts team this year as the Keystone Snow Reporter for the 2013/14 season. She will be keeping you updated all season long with all the latest news from on the mountain.
Read on to learn a little bit about Tessa, her background, and her passion for the snow.
How long have you been skiing for?
Born and raised in Parker, Colorado, I am no stranger to the mountains. Technically I have been skiing since I was two, aside from a few years in high school where i decided to try my hand at snowboarding ( a tragic and embarrassing attempt which led me right back to my skis). My first time on the mountain was as a wide-eyed two year old strapped into my fathers backpack, as he struggled to teach my sister and brother the ways of the mountain. Ever since then the mountains have been my second home, and now finally this year I have been able to make them my first home!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I recently graduated from CU Boulders’ school of Journalism and Mass Communication where I studied journalism, digital media, and business. While at CU I interned and worked a bit with Warren Miller Entertainment, TransWorld Business, and Higher Earth Entertainment , and spent my nights waiting tables on Pearl Street. I had the opportunity to experience an amazing semester abroad in Wollongong, Australia exploring the other side of the world. I also spent two weeks in Beijing, China studying international Journalism. After graduation and before moving up to the mountains I was lucky enough to do a bit of backpacking in Europe for a month with a few friends. Now that I have relocated to Silverthorne, I am very excited to make the transition from weekend warrior to Summit County local for the 2013/14 ski season
What are you passionate about?
My passion revolves around storytelling, whether it be through video, photos, or spoken word. I think there is something extremely special and important about be able to connect to people through storytelling and shared experiences.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever skied?
Probably Telluride. I spent an amazing spring break in Telluride as a Freshman in college, and I will never forget it.
What is your favorite music to listen to while on the mountain?
Right now I have really been enjoying cruising to Phantograms’ new album, Nightlife. It is one of those albums you can listen to and enjoy all the way through, especially while skiing.
What is your favorite type of ski day?
Well, of course I love a good powder day, who doesn’t, but my favorite ski days are spent on the moguls. My favorite thing to do is pick a challenging mogul run with a good amount of snow and trees and ski it over and over again until I’ve gotten what I want out of it. And of course any good ski day isn’t complete without an end of the day Bloody Mary.