Favorite road trip
"When I was 15 years old, my brother lived in Mammoth Lakes, Calif, and I got invited to a competition in Whistler, British Columbia and I remember road-tripping from Mammoth with my oldest brother, Sean, to Whistler," Logan says.
They made a trip out of it and it took them a few days to get to the event, the Orage Masters, stopping in Washington at Mt. Baker to see friends.
"I remember stopping there for a couple nights because his friend lived there and then sleeping in the car one night and then going over through the border and then driving up to Whistler," she says. "It was the first time I remember going to British Columbia and it was one of the bigger competitions I was invited to at a young age. It was a team event and they needed a girl in their group and they happened to pick me, so that was pretty cool. That's how my relationship with my ski sponsor, Armada Skis, started out.
There were three on this road trip and they drove in a Subaru, which hauled everyone's skis and ski bags. "I just remember crossing the border, they gave us a hard time and searched our car and took us in rooms and asked, 'How are you related to these people?' It was scary for the first time, crossing border. It was something to remember and what not to say and what to say when you cross the border," she says, with a laugh. "It was before I needed a passport, so I had my birth certificate and a note from mom saying that he was my guardian for a trip. They didn't look at it."
She's been back to Whistler plenty of times since and because of the distance, she flies there instead. Despite being questioned at the border, it was still a fun road trip.
Logan is originally from Long Island, New York, and moved to Vermont to ski when she was in high school. She'd been skiing there since she was two and she started freeskiing at age six at Mount Snow.
"I'm the youngest of five and it was just me and my mom left and there was really nothing holding me back to Long Island. I was living in Vermont anyway, for two years already for half a year, it was like, 'Alright, we're going!'" she says.
When she was six she started competing in moguls and big air. When she was 13 made the transition to halfpipe and slopestyle and started competing. She competed in the pro division and her break out year occurred three years ago when she was 17. She started doing the Dew Tours and then she joined the U.S. freeskiing team at 18 and has been part of the team since.
Since athletes don't know if they are going to the Olympics until right before the games, if she gets to go to Sochi, she'll turn 21 while she's there.
New Zealand Training
In October, the U.S. ski team went to New Zealand's Cadrona Alpine Resort for spring camp. The mountain was closed for the season, but they kept a halfpipe and slopestyle course for national teams who go there for extra training before the North American season started. The other ski teams that trained there included Norway, Canada and Japan.
"They're in the southern hemisphere, so it was springtime there and springtime conditions are awesome to ski in, and learn some new tricks just because the snow is soft and it's usually sunny out and warm," she says.
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Freeskiing slopestyle and halfpipe are debuting for the first time at the Olympic games in Sochi. Fans of the winter Olympics have already seen snowboarding halfpipe, but Sochi will also be the first time snowboard slopestyle will be at the games, in addition to freeski slopestyle.
"Snowboarding halfpipe has already been in the Olympics and ski halfpipe just got in and I feel it's going to be a little bit more appealing than snowboarding," Logan says. "Halfpipe is the same thing as snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle is new for both skiing and snowboarding for 2014 and that's basically a skate park but on skis. You have five or six features, two or three handrail options and three jumps. No run's the same and everyone's different and unique and can show their own style to their skiing."
Logan is the only woman to compete in both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing, while trying to go to the Olympics in both. Please visit devinlogan.com for more information about her road to Sochi.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding
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Photo:Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding