It’s 7 a.m. at the top of Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the sun is up, but its warmth has not come. The thermometer reads zero degrees, and a 15 mph wind chill bites through Gortex jackets like an Arctic alligator.
The Sierra Nevada College alpine ski team is holding practice, and Assistant Athletic Director Jon Cherry is right there with them. Skiing has been a part of Cherry’s life since he was a kid.
Carl Wernhoff is an outgoing Swedish student with a love for nature, who is looking forward to a career as a ski patroller or outdoor guide. He has lived in the United States for several years but is still relatively new to the West Coast.