“Teaching kids about outdoor ethics and the environmental problems we all face as a global community is as rewarding as a perfect bluebird morning of powder skiing at Squaw.“
Robin McElroy’s passionate relationship with the mountains started at a very early age, first hitting the slopes at the ripe old age of one and a half. She was fortunate enough to grow up in Anchorage, Alaska and have the Alyeska Resort as her home hill. She continues skiing today as a competitive freeskier and professional ski patroller.
Thanks to very supportive parents she progressed through the ski-racing ranks to compete in multiple Junior Olympic and FIS events. She eventually found her way to CU Boulder where she decided to retire from racing and return to “skiing for fun.” This path lead her to a season of ski instruction in Whistler and eventually to her present home in Squaw Valley, California. The scope of her skiing has continued to expand from racer to instructor, and now includes working as a professional ski patroller. While she credits the steep slopes and stable maritime snow pack of Squaw Valley as the perfect training ground for the freeskiing competition circuit, she calls early morning avalanche control work and the freshies that come along with it the highlight of her Squaw days.
When not at the resort, Robin has found exploring the backcountry around the Tahoe Basin and the high peaks of the Eastern Sierra to be her favorite. This passion has led to ski touring trips to off-the-beaten path destinations as far and wide as Ushuaia, Argentina, the Antarctic Peninsula and even return trips to the Chugach Mountains she still considers home.
Summer proves equally busy for Robin. She occupies herself by guiding kayaking and mountain biking excursions around Lake Tahoe, along with teaching outdoor education youth programs. She finds the latter to be the most rewarding of all her work as it allows her the opportunity to introduce kids from urban and suburban backgrounds to the outdoor experience she was so fortunate to have from such an early age. Teaching kids about outdoor ethics and the environmental problems we all face as a global community is as rewarding for her as a perfect bluebird morning of powder skiing at Squaw.Background Photo: