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|Ahmet Dadali and Mike Hornbeck are filming with Level 1 again this year.|
In today's pro skiing community, a vast generalization could be said that Colorado is home to a majority of park skiers while Utah tends to attract the big mountain skiers. Why is why it's interesting that Level 1's park-centric athletes Ahmet Dadali and Mike Hornbeck both recently relocated from Colorado's Front Range to Utah's Wasatch Mountains. This isn't their first time living in Utah, though. Hornbeck's originally from Timber Ridge, Mich., and Dadali got his start at New York's Bristol Mountain, but both are West Coast transplants who touched down in Utah first before moving to Colorado and now have relocated back to Salt Lake. We talked to the two of them about why they moved.
Why the move back to Utah?
Dadali: If you get stuck in the same spot for too long you get stuck. You need to mix it up. We were traveling to Utah all the time to ski pow, so we decided we should just live there.
Hornbeck: The airport is so close and rent is cheap. Utah has it all; powder, parks, urban.
What would you say the difference is between Colorado and Utah skiing?
Dadali: In Colorado, it's all about skiing park. Colorado is more of a comp scene, kids are training, but this isn't football. Utah is all about skiing with your buddies.
What's your plan now that you're in Utah
Dadali: We definitely need to learn about avalanche safety and filming ourselves. I also want to strengthen my knee and ride powder as rehab. My knee feels really good. I had my third surgery last May and plasma injections. Now, I just need some powder.
Hornbeck: Progress our powder skiing and figure it out. We're not from places known for having powder so we can look at different ways to jib the mountain.
You guys still ski in the park though, right?
Dadali: The park is where you learn rails to hit them in the street and learn to jump so you can take it to the mountain. I've learned what I need to in the park and want to continue to take it to the mountain.
Hornbeck: The park is fun but there is so much more. If you want to ski like everyone else, ski the park.