Quick stats: Devin Logan freeskier, U.S. ski team
Daily driver: 2012 Toyota Tacoma (Devin's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Mammoth Lakes, CA to Whistler, BC
Car she learned to drive in: 2002 Hyundai Accent
First car bought: 2002 Hyundai Accent
With Sochi just around the corner, this will be the first time skiing half-pipe and slopestyle will be at the Winter Olympics, and 20 year-old Devin Logan hopes to be the first female to compete in both events.
The first competition for Logan leading to Sochi was the Dew Tour, held last week in Breckenridge, Colorado. She won in slopestyle and placed sixth in halfpipe. There are four other events to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, and the next one is the U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain held today and tomorrow. The halfpipe skiing finals will be televised on NBC Sports Network on Saturday and slopestyle skiing finals television Sunday on NBC.
Coming off an injury last year, in her first competition back in August, freeskier Logan won the World Cup Half Pipe in New Zealand. "There's a lot of good contenders in the U.S. I'm pretty confident that I have a good chance and I'm the only female to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle events, so I'm trying to make history and get into the Olympics for two events."
Her dream car is her trusty 2012 Toyota Tacoma, which is what has gotten her around snowy locales where she lives and trains. "I love it. I live in Park City now, so it's snowy here all the time and it's a truck so I can basically get through any type of weather with it. It's a four-door long bed, so when I travel on trips to go skiing, I can fit a lot in the car," she says.
She's buying a snowmobile to take to the back-country and she bought the Tacoma knowing she could fit it in the bed of the Tacoma. "It was the car of my dreams, because I'm from Vermont and my mom drove trucks, I knew I wanted to eventually buy a snowmobile and that was the type of car that I could hold a snowmobile in. If I ever wanted to sell it, it's a good car that holds its retail value."
Logan also likes the Tacoma's gas mileage. "On the highway when I'm traveling to Colorado, which is seven hours away, I have to maybe stop for gas twice," she says. "It gets 23 to 25 miles to the gallon on the highway. I feel that's pretty good for a truck."
She bought it with her 2012 winnings and gives it a perfect 10 because it suits her lifestyle. "It has 4WD and I've got some pretty nice Michelin all-terrain tires on it, so I don't need chains," she says. "When I drive to Park City, I throw my skis in the back and my poles and my boots and if I'm taking other people, it can fit a whole bunch of skis. If I'm going to Colorado I put my ski bag back there and my suitcase full of all my clothes. It can fit a lot. I've actually moved from house to house and I've fit a bunch of boxes in it and a mattress, so it's for moving a lot of things."
The year before Logan bought her dream car, she did really well in the Dew Tours, in ski halfpipe and slopestyle. She also had some sponsor incentive that also helped her buy the Tacoma, which she had been eyeing for quite some time.
"I knew I wanted it for quite sometime because I knew I would be buying a snowmobile and moving out West," she says. "I'm a competition skier as of right now, but in the future I want to expand my skiing, and do more backcountry and filming. To film backcountry you have to get out into spots and build jumps, so you kind of need to explore areas and a snowmobile is good for that."
Right after she bought the Tacoma, she drove it to Moab, Utah, to the AWD trails to test it out with friends. "I drove it on the Jeeping trails, and I took mine on that the first week I got it," she laughs. "I was going camping in Moab and thought it would be a good idea to take it on some Jeeping trails."
Car she learned to drive in
Logan went to high school in Vermont and since there wasn't a family car to learn on, she bought a used, 2002 Hyundai Accent for $1,500, which was the car right before her current Tacoma.
"That was the car I did everything in. Learned how to drive in my first snowstorm in and everything," she says. "It was just a small car that could get me from point A to point B and I could mess around with, it could take some beatings. My mom didn't have a car at the time, so if I wanted a car she basically told me I had to buy one. If I was with my sisters I would practice in their car."
She took Drivers Ed while in high school for a semester and bought the Accent two weeks before her driver's test. Learning to drive in a rural area has its advantages. "It was pretty easy because I grew up in a town where there is only one stop light," she laughs. "There was not too much traffic at all. It was pretty easy to learn how to drive. I didn't get overwhelmed with traffic or anything like that. When I bought my car, my mom let me drive some back roads just to get some practice and feel out the car."
She bought the Accent with money she made from competitions in freeskiing and summer jobs working at the local country store and at a condominium complex's clubhouse.
"I started competing at my home mountain Mount Snow, but there were no girls that were competing so I always entered in the pro competition, because there would only be one or two girls. So I would always win $100 here or there," she says.
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
Photo: Tom Zikas
Photo:Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding