Thursday June 16, 2016
A passionate and energetic skier, Ken Lucas has a resume full of championships and cultural ski adventures that inspires others to new heights. Combining his environmental background with a shared enjoyment of sliding down snowy slopes has provided him the opportunity to meet world leaders. He now finds himself in fresh powder at the far corners of the earth with a passion as strong as ever.
Ken grew up ski racing at Okemo Mountain in Vermont where his Dad ski patrolled. His competitive spirit led him to over 100 podiums in many ski disciplines. Including, racing (U.S. Ski Team Alumni), moguls, FreeRide Tour, telemark, rail sliding, Powder 8s, speed (170kph on telemark skis – World Record), and ski-jumping. After he moved out West to the ultimate playground of Hood River, Oregon, the thrill of big mountain skiing combined with the Zen of backcountry ski tours filled his dreams.
What followed were ski adventures into the deep mountains of New Zealand, Pakistan, Alaska, Iceland, Japan, Chile and more. Video and print media covered these exploits in Powder, Skiing, Backcountry, SBC, Men’s Journal, and the New York Times. After giving a presentation to 800 middle-school kids, he started SnowAffair backcountry ski clinics where he has helped hundreds realize their dreams and gain confidence in skiing any conditions. Ken says “my passion is pushing boundaries while inspiring others”.
Ken works part-time as an Environmental Engineer finding creative solutions that save the beautiful places that we all enjoy. His sports sponsors benefit from sustainability/green ideas as well as technical feedback from R&D product testing. In Pakistan, Ken helped with earthquake relief and discussed the merits of keeping the Karakorum Mountains unspoiled for backcountry skiing while meeting with the Prime Minister. And in Iceland, Ken tried to coax the President, who is a skier, into a few runs but settled for a chat on sustainability.
Not one to slow down, he brought his passion for kite surfing big waves during the summer into the mountains. Snowkiting was born and one step closer to the reality of endless powder turns. It hasn’t always been fluffy powder and sunshine. While in the Arctic, Ken spent an un-planned night using his kite as bivouac.
One of those surprising individuals, Ken maintains one foot firmly in the now while on an adrenaline-filled adventure. Like some sort of Peter Pan, a mischief radiates from his ever-present smile. You get the distinct feeling upon meeting him that he is sizing you up. Seeing what kind of fun you are up to, or what kind of excitement he can pull you in to. Upon hearing this and in typical fashion, Ken just looks up, smiling of course, and says “Ready?”.