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In the Shadows -- Shannan Yates, Jackie Paaso

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Staying Motivated

Photograph By Freeride World Tour

Paaso, who grew up mogul skiing in Maine and now lives near Lake Tahoe, Calif., says she competes for the challenge of it. "One of the things that keeps me motivated is the fact that it makes my skiing better," she said. "I've learned how to interpret snow conditions and do physical inspecting."