Like many in Aspen Snowmass, he’s thoroughly enjoying living in the moment, although he has goals when it comes to skiing. He wants to try black-diamond runs (even though his one accidental venture into a mogul field sent him to the emergency room) and looks forward to cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, and the Highland Bowl. (“If not this season, then definitely next,” he says).
Recalling his first experience in powder, on day one, it wasn’t stressful like it can be for many. The falling snow was beautiful, he says — “so serene. It gave me a sense of comfort because I knew if I fell it would be soft.”
Chen has clearly found his new home.
“For this to be my new chapter, I’m more than happy to take it all in,” he says. “I’m so grateful to be able to make food and travel to a place like this — it’s something a lot of people who work in restaurants can only dream of. I’m just really happy.”