Welcome to My Rally Campaign
My name is Tanner Perkins and I am an Alpine Ski Racer from Crested Butte Colorado. I need your help to accomplish my goals and make my dreams a reality this season. Without the support of others, traveling, racing, and training at a high level would not be possible.
Why I'm Raising Funds
The greatest challenge for my family and me is definitely the financial aspect of skiing. I am at a level where I am very close to being on the US Ski Team where athletes are funded. However, since I am not on the team I need to make up all of the costs of a whole season on my own with the help of friends and family. All of the money I make working goes straight back into skiing. However, since I travel for training so often it is difficult to hold a strong job as I am never in the same place for more than a month at a time. I did work as a ranch hand, a hunting guide, and as a handyman this summer while I was in Crested Butte. My estimated budget including housing and travel this year has come out to $40,350. All of the money raised here will go towards entry fees, travel expenses, housing, food, equipment and all the other little things that come along with skiing. This will help me tremendously with reaching my athletic goals. My main goals for this season are to focus all of my attention on the little things like my nutrition, workouts, training, and being a good teammate. If I can do those things strong results will come.
How I Got Here
When I was six, my parents took me up to a small ski resort outside of Grand Junction. I fell in love with skiing right then and there. I skied for the local race club (Powderhorn Racing Club) for a few years and then moved to Crested Butte, Colorado. In Crested Butte I skied 7 years for the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team (CBMST). As I began to get faster and older, and after many long talks with my parents and coaches, I decided that I needed to go to a bigger program to support my racing needs. I decided to move to Aspen to ski for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club where I still base most of my ski training today. In the summer my training may consist of one or two trips to somewhere with snow, but otherwise, I am in the gym. I work on flexibility, strength, power, endurance, and cardio on a regular basis in order to enhance my performance in the winter. With the support of others, I have been able to enhance my ski career by traveling and training with the US Ski Team over the past two years.
Who I am
I was born in Bangor, Maine. After a year my family moved to Florida, then Texas, then Grand Junction, Colorado (where I first skied), and finally to Crested Butte, Colorado where my family currently resides. When I am not training or skiing, my time mostly consists of work, school, and volunteering. I have done tons of different jobs around the valley including guiding, bike shop work, painting, landscaping, general construction, painting, and home restoration. When I have a spare moment, I love to ride horses and team rope down at our local fairgrounds. I ride my bike, run, hunt, and spend time outdoors every chance I get. Also, my dad and I are both volunteer firefighters for the Crested Butte Fire Department and I am a member of the Crested Butte Search and Rescue Team. I have had the unique opportunity to make some significant differences in people's lives and I enjoy doing it. I am very passionate about helping others in an emergency, and I feel that it is a good spot for me to give back to my community. Anytime I am not racing, training, or traveling, I really enjoy coming back to Crested Butte in the winter. I always try to ski with CBMST to have fun with, mentor and inspire some of the younger racers.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
Anything helps, please share and spread this around to everybody and anyone you feel would like to see it! Skiing would not be possible without the help of contributions like yours, my family, and my sponsors. A huge thanks to Eleven Experience, Head Skis, The T2 Foundation, Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation, and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.