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Ben Leoni

Ben Leoni


Ski

Date Of Birth: June 18

Hometown: No. Where, NH (Say that out loud. Seriously. This is where I’m from).

Current Location: Portland, Maine

Favorite Zone: Presidential Range, White Mountains, NH (And I’ll always love the Wasatch)

Proudest Achievement: Continuing my backcountry skiing lifestyle after moving back east and becoming a lawyer.

Favorite Advocacy Org: Granite Backcountry Alliance


Biography

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I come from a family as deeply committed to outdoor pursuits as it is rooted in New England. My great grandfather led CCC camps in the White Mountains and in Vermont in the 1930s during a time when the CCC was building some of the earliest ski trails in New England. My grandmother, father, and mother all taught skiing in New England. After growing up ski racing in NH, I moved out west to Colorado then Utah for 3 seasons after college, competing in several big mountain competitions. But the draw to be closer to family and my roots drew me back in 2007 and since then, I’ve become an environmental and land-use lawyer in Portland, Maine where I dedicate some of my free time to serving on boards and committees of several conservation and outdoor recreation groups, including The Nature Conservancy and Granite Backcountry Alliance. For the last several years, I’ve been featured in 4 or 5 east-coast ski films by Meathead Films, including in a segment from No Matter What, which won “Best Powder Segment” at the 2012 Powder Magazine Power Awards. Since then, I’ve been producing a webseries through Ski the East called Working for the Weekend. Unlike other webseries, WFTW focuses on the weekend warrior and highlights the incredible but underappreciated backcountry terrain available to East Coasters. I spend as much time as possible outside. The world is an amazing playground.


Q & A

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  1. How did you get involved with your respective sport?: My parents. They put me on skis at 2 and decided to live on the backside of a ski mountain. Those things definitely helped.
  2. What draws you to the outdoors?: It’s changed over the years. At one point, it was athletic challenge. That’s still true but I would say that now that I have an often-stressful job in an office, the outdoors is my reset button. It puts everything in perspective.
  3. Why do you trust SCARPA products?: It makes the best stuff for the things I do and is so supportive of the advocacy work I’ve done in NE with various conservation and recreation groups.
  4. What gets you out of bed on big days?: Friends, exercise, adventure, and coffee.
  5. What is your best excuse for skipping training?: Generally, it involves going fishing or surfing (surf is good in Maine in the fall).
  6. Favorite recovery/apres beverage?: Allen’s Coffee Brandy. Or beer.
  7. If you had a baseball walkup song, what would it be?: Probably anything by B.B. King would work.
  8. What’s the last movie that made you cry?: Don’t remember but it probably involved something bad happening to a dog. That really tears me up.
  9. What’s your dream trip or expedition?: Honestly, I still have never skied in AK or British Columbia. WTF
  10. What makes a good adventure partner?: A sense of humor.
  11. Two truths and a lie: once rode on a donkey with a chicken in my backpack; I once got a bad case of trench foot; I really, really, really, irrationally hate hipsters.

Favorite Scarpa Products

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Favorite Scarpa Products

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From The Scarpa Blog

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From The Scarpa Blog

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