At only 20-years-old, Aaron Blunck is still relatively new to freeskiing. His time in the professional ranks may be limited, but his accomplishments to date are significant.
Born and raised in Crested Butte, Colorado, Blunck’s family roots in skiing run deep. His grandfather started the first ski school in the area, starting a rich family tradition of time on the slopes. A few months after his first steps came Blunck’s first run. His first tracks were made at only 18-months old and he began competing at eight-years-old.
His parlay into the professional ranks began when he earned the bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Winter Games. Deemed an “up-and-comer to watch,” Blunck exceeded expectations ascending the podium five times in the 2011 – 2012 season (USSA U.S. Revolution Tour, Gatorade FreeFlow, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series, USASA Nationals and USSA Junior Nationals).
Blunck’s talent and staying power has only improved with age. His 2013 season began with a podium spot at The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series, finishing third, followed by a second place finish at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
With a World Cup podium under his belt, Blunck credits the confidence he gained at these events for earning him his first X Games invitation – a landmark he had not anticipated this season. His biggest take away in 2013? Simply, the opportunity to do what he loves, and most of all, have fun.
“This was my first year on the pro circuit and definitely the best year thus far! I got to travel all over the world and ski with some of my best friends.”
One secret to his success? Blunck immediately credits his parents as his inspiration to be the best he can be.
Off the slopes, the teenager is just that – a teenager. He enjoys hanging with his friends. Their favorite recent pastime? Off the slopes and on the basketball court.
Blunck may be young in age, but carries a wisdom and drive beyond his years. With his smooth yet aggressive style, he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.