Hi! Molly Armanino here. I'm an Elan Skis athlete and I want to show you my special place for #AlwaysGoodTimes on snow here.
I started skiing at a young age at a small ski resort called Dodge Ridge. As I got older, I started skiing outside the boundaries of the resort and have fallen more and more in love with the mountains every day since. There is always something to learn while skiing, especially in the backcountry, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to grow in the mountains where I grew up.
At 27 years old, I have spent many years skiing in the backcountry around my home in South Lake Tahoe, CA. There is one area that will always have my heart, and that is the Mokelumne Wilderness. My first time in this area was when I was 10 years old. My mom had taken me here on my very first backpacking trip. I remember the wildflowers being incredibly impressive and the excitement of camping far from home. I thought to myself: I never want to leave. As I got older, I started skiing in the same area and was always blown away by the beauty of the surrounding stark peaks and magnificent terrain.
Today I want to show you the place I love the most, known as Roundtop. I asked my friend Trevor if he would like to head out for a hike with me to show off our home area. Growing up skiing together, Trevor is one of my closest ski partners, and I trust his backcountry skills more than anyone else. It was a no-brainer to have him along, and I knew we would have a blast!