For one lucky skier, a journey of 18 ski resorts begins with Stowe.
Jackson Lebsack, 20, was hired by Ski.com to tour every Epic Pass destination owned or operated by Vail Resorts, which bought ski operations at Stowe Mountain Resort in 2017 for $41 million.
His tour will last two months and take him to seven countries; it began Jan. 4 at Stowe Mountain Resort.
Lebsack began skiing at age 3 with his dad, and “it was my passion,” he said. “We were like peas in a pod.”
Lebsack grew up skiing Mount Hood in Oregon before moving to Bozeman.
Now, Lebsack, who hopes to pursue a career in film production, is sharing with Ski.com’s readers his experiences skiing all 18 Vail Resorts-owned ski areas across seven countries.
He says the Stowe terrain reminds of him of skiing Mount Hood and fits in with his skiing style, which he calls “playful.”
His home mountain is “full of wild lifts and cornices,” like Stowe, he said. “I like to make my way down the mountain by hopping, skipping, jumping. I like to make it as fun as I possibly can.”
His first few runs Friday included Stowe’s famed Front Four trails — National, Goat, Starr and Liftline — and stopping at Spruce Peak village for a bite to eat.
“It was a classic ski experience you can expect from a place like this,” Lebsack said. “It’s a super, super cool spot. I think it proves itself with its old-school flavor and the New England flavor. It’s a rad place to be.”
Dan Sherman, chief marketing officer at Ski.com, says the travel company wanted to work with influencers to position itself as an expert on the quintessential ski vacation.
Lebsack’s job application, which included a video, came in a day before the deadline, and the editing and production of his video impressed the Ski.com team.
“He’s a young guy with a lot of interesting experience. We really like the way that he told his story, and the cinematography in his video,” Sherman said.
Lebsack’s passion for skiing shone through.
“I love how it’s a very free sport — the fact that you can just get on a chairlift and there’s not really any guidelines or rules. You can go wherever you want. There’s a little exploration aspect to it. It’s just a fun ride down. It’s pure fun. It’s one of those sports that you don’t really have to work at to get your turns,” Lebsack said.