Well, as the title would suggest, this page is to inform you a little more about me. The best way to go about that would be to introduce myself. So… Hello there! My name is Mary Genova. I’m a 22 year old lover of all things adventure and exploration. In my life I’ve moved a total of 9 times and have lived in 6 different states. I’m an avid reader and in warmer weather can be found curled up in a hammock with a good book. I am currently studying Marine Science and Geology at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Through this double major I have been able explore and travel at length. I spend every weekend in the field working on projects of some kind or another and I was fortunate enough to spend this past summer in the Gulf of Mexico working and learning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL).
At DISL I was able to incorporate my love for scuba diving, fishing, and life on the ocean into my field of study. Countless days were spent in the gulf fishing, surveying, and researching. I even got to spend two weeks tagging and releasing sharks! I spent every day on a boat, in a classroom, or underwater and I spent every night in a tiny dorm or at Fins (the only bar on the island) with all of my fellow classmates. I add this small ode to DISL to my “about me” because this island truly became a part of who I am. On a tiny island off the coast of Alabama I found some of my best friends, made some of my most cherished memories, and had one of the greatest adventures of my life.
While my love for the ocean runs deep, my greatest love and hobby is the very topic this blog is centered around: freeskiing. My parents have been the driving force behind my love for adventure and travel, and that doesn’t stop with freeskiing. They introduced me to downhill skiing when I was only 4 years old on a trip to Taos, NM. I spent every morning in ski school and then spent the rest of the day tethered to my parents asking relentlessly to go up the “magic carpet” so I could take just one more run. I was instantly hooked. As I got older I found myself exploring the mountain further and finally gained the courage to head into the terrain park. After that I never looked back. Since then I have been completely obsessed with every aspect of freeskiing. Before the days of Fantasy Freeride, (basically Fantasy Football for skiing) I would spend my idle time in class writing predictions for the podium at each upcoming competition. I continue that obsession here for all of you to read.