At the heart of all, though, is the deep and meaningful passion for skiing that Ertl developed living in Aspen Snowmass.
“I don’t know if there are words to describe how much I love to ski,” she says. “There’s such a freedom available when you get out there. You’re sliding down a mountain on skis, you’re in control, the wind’s blowing past you, and there’s different turns every time — it’s insane what an awesome experience skiing is. And we have this opportunity for lifelong learning that skiing offers. Every day I go out, I have something I can work on: It can be a pole plant, or linking 20 bump turns together instead of just 10. And I love sharing it, I love the smiles on people’s faces, the feeling they get when they’re excited about it. And I’ve made a life of it! That’s how much I love skiing.”