Lindsay Dicasolo is looked at as just a small town teacher, but she is also a loving wife and mother behind closed doors, and passionate skier at heart.
Dicasolo, an Earth and Space science teacher at Southmoreland high school, was brought up in a very active atmosphere. She likes to work out and run, finding the most enjoyment in skiing. The idea of this sport was first brought up to Dicasolo by her mother who taught her how.
“My mom used to teach skiing at Hidden Valley, so every weekend she would take my sister and I with her,” said Dicasolo. “We just tagged along with her while she taught, and that’s how we learned.”
This need to ski followed Dicasolo throughout her childhood. Then when she was nineteen and went to college at Penn State, she was one of the lucky ten competitors able to be on their skiing team.
Tussey Mountain is where the team called their “second home.” Located about eight miles from the Penn State campus, this is where the team focused on the art of skiing.
“We worked on running gates to make sure we would turn at the right time to get through them,” said Dicasolo, “Our starts were also a big thing for us. We were always working on [something].”
Although the team would go to many places to compete, such as Blue Knob, Timberline, and the Poconos, her family would come to Seven Springs to watch her local competitions.
Before going into one of those competitions where the team would face schools like the Naval Academy, West Virginia University, Pitt, and University of Pennsylvania, they would scout the course on the mountain.
“We did this to look at the positions of the gates, the slope of the mountain, and to find some of the more challenging spots on the course,” said Dicasolo, “We would just go through the course with our coach so we knew what our run should look like.”
With there being many things to think about while skiing, from the position of the gates to the stance that you have, Dicasolo always knew to remember the most important thing about skiing:
“You have to remember to keep a forward body position,” said Dicasolo, “Anytime you put your weight on the heels of your skis you lose all of your traction.”
Along with all of Dicasolo’s skiing practices and competitions, she was also working toward her bachelor’s degree and a secondary degree in education.
“It was challenging and definitely exhausting,” said Dicasolo, “We had practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then we were gone all weekend so it was hard to get your work done.”
After Dicasolo got her degree, after four and half years at Penn State, she went on to teach snowboarding at Seven Springs for about four or five years.
“I’ve been skiing since I was two, so now I think I’ve explored all the avenues of skiing,” said Dicasolo. “Now, I do telemarketing skiing.”
This hybrid type of skiing brings together factors of cross country and alpine skiing. Telemarketing has the same downhill speeds as alpine skiing, but it also lets the skier have free range of their heels because the boot is only attached to the ski by the toe.
Although ski competitions are something that Dicasolo would still like to do today, the Dicasolo family has made it a major enjoyment of theirs to continue to ski at Seven Springs where they have season passes. Dicasolo’s husband and their six year old son, who has been skiing since he was only three, all participate in the skiing fun.
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