Taylor Merritt

The Unofficial Pick for March 12, 2012

Athlete Name: Taylor Marie Merritt

Freeride Program & Head Coaches: Winter Park Big Mountain Team; Nicholas Whittemore & Jeremie Livingston

Nicknames: Tay-Tay, T-money, ToTo, Merr-Bear, Boog

Age: 18

Years skiing: 16

Highlights: 2010 - 3rd JFT Crested Butte, 7th JFT Snowbird, 1st Winter Park, 7th overall JFT 2012 - 8th Red Mountain, 11th Snowbird Regionals, 15th Taos

Favorite Skier:  Definitley the late and great Shane McConkey

Favorite Run: The Shadows in Steamboat on a nice pow day

What would you buy for $50?  Well if that were the cost of a heli-drop, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

What do you eat for breakfast?  Usually a protein shake or waffles

What's your gear? My FORTITUDE SKIS of course!  My Dakine backcountry backpack, BCA avy gear, helmet, Hestra 3-finger gloves, my uber-big mens jacket, and my GoPro.  

Other hobbies?  I ride my horse everyday when I'm not skiing and show him in the summers.  I'm also totally addicted to mountain biking.  

Pet Peeves?  I am bothered when people ask too many questions

Goals for 2012:  Having missed last season due to knee surgery, I just want to go out there and have fun with my team it being my last year with such awesome skiers, and my last year on the Junior Tour!  A podium would be sweet, but honestly, I'm just happy to be skiing again.  

Any Scars? I have 5 from ACL & meniscus reconstruction surgery, and lots more... like another one on my knee from when my friend and I ran into each other and I superman surfed on the concrete

Who do you want to high five?  Jim Jack








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