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In this episode Nicole and Sarah host ski mom Becky Munsterer Sabky. Becky is the author of a series of animated children’s books about skiing (The Little Rippers) and is a former Director of International Admissions at Dartmouth College.
Becky grew up skiing and ski racing at a little ski area in New Jersey called Hidden Valley. Throughout high school Becky was a ski racer, but her ski racing career ended when she started at Colby College. Becky continued to ski for fun and found she loved the powder and moguls just as much as gates.
Becky shares her experience growing up as a weekend warrior, her family would drive from New Jersey to different ski resorts around New England. It was a great family activity and an outlet to meet new friends and families outside of their community. Now Becky lives in Vermont and skis at the Dartmouth Skiway (NH) and Burke Mountain (VT).
Becky has always been an author, her first published piece was an article called “Ski Dads” in Ski Magazine. Becky wanted to combine her love of writing and skiing and that led her to start her series of animated children’s books (The Little Rippers) about kids having ski adventures. Becky tells us about how she came up with the story ideas and the five main characters. We were so excited to learn that Becky was first inspired to write The Little Rippers at Sugarbush!
Book 1 takes place in Vermont, in Book 2 the gang heads to Colorado, Book 3 is about skiing President’s Day Weekend, and Book 4 is in the works. We loved hearing about how Becky named her characters, which she said was a really fun part of writing the books.
And while not ski related, we both found Becky’s college admissions book (Valedictorians at the Gate) to be a tremendous resource as we navigated the college admissions process with our kids.
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