Aubrie Mindock

Professional skier, author of "When I Saw Heaven" and "Back Up On Skis," Olympic hopeful

Back to Winter Park

Valentines weekend Jay and I are going to Winter Park but instead of skiing for fun we are excited to announce that we are going to film for my book "When I Saw Heaven."

We are going to walk you through everything that happened the day of my accident, show you exactly, in person, the accident scene and in the end I am going to show a clip of me racing down that same run 10 years later! Yes, I am actually going to get back up on the same race course and compete once more! 

As you know, skiing is my passion. It is something I have always loved and being an Olympic trainee it is in my blood. After my accident I was told that I would never ski again. The day I fell and died I never thought that I would put on another pair of skis but I did. I not only got back up weeks after my accident but I raced once more.However, I vowed that I would never, ever go back to Winter Park. 

I do not want to never be able to ski at Winter Park. It was not the area that hurt me. Winter Park did nothing to me. It was just where I fell. I just had an accident while competing there but it was not the area that caused me to crash. 

I decided to go back not to bring closure to me but to help others get over their fears. The accident did not cripple me and I want people to know that bad things in their lives do not have to cripple them. You do not have to be afraid of a place just because something bad happened that happened.

It is okay to go back to where the pain happened. This time going back I know I will be safe and nothing bad will happen to me this time. The places that hurt you are just places and if you choose to go back they will no longer bring you pain. You will always have the memories but the hurt is gone. It is in the past. It is over. 

As the time gets closer to the filming I will post more updates. Stay tuned because I will be posting more and more in the upcoming months.