As long as Angel has had teeth to chew, she's been on a quest to find the sweetest things in life. It started out gardening with her mom at two, eating dirt and the occasional treasure of a worm. Besides giving her a killer immune system in her adult life, the worm/dirt escapade left Angel with a burning feeling that there had to be something sweeter out there. The Collinson household had a strict no sugar/candy policy, and the next chapter of life would often find 8-year-old Angel solo at home with a forefinger stained orange from dipping in the Costco-sized can of Tang after a long day of skiing (she was way ahead of Fun Dip). During Angel's ski racing days, “away” races traveling with the ski team were her favorite because she got to ski at new mountains with a whole pocket full of Pixie Sticks bought on the road with carefully rationed “food” money endowed by her unknowing parents. That phase continued into Angel's early twenties—road trips meant grocery bags full of candy and a head full of adventure. To this day the only ski pants Angel will wear require cargo pockets because of the convenient and comfy candy storage. (Currently Angel's go-to is the 5-pound bag of Smarties). She thinks she is constantly searching for the nectar of life, and she's got a feeling that even through her denture days, she will maintain a love for the mix of sugar, adrenaline, the crisp smell of pine and the sharp smell of fresh snow and mountains.
Discipline: Big Mountain Skiing
Hometown: Snowbird, UT
Currently Living: Sandy, UT
2014 Best Female Performance, Powder Awards for segment in Teton Gravity Research’s movie “Almost Ablaze”
First woman to ever have the opening segment in a major coed action sports film
2014 Top 50 Females in Action Sports ESPN
7 Victories and 10 podiums out of 22 competitions in 3 years of competing on the Freeskiing and Freeride World Tours
2-time Overall Champion on the Freeskiing World Tour
When did you first start skiing?
2 years old.
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
Getting the wind in my face, and moments of silence in the trees.
How do you define success?
I guess one of my definitions is making your dreams/goals happen, but I think, more importantly, true success is being able to enjoy where you are and what you are doing, regardless of the situation. Because that can be pretty challenging sometimes.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
My bro. He has accomplished so much in his short life, but mostly he is just an awesome person that always is a shining light that reminds me to enjoy the smallest things in life.
Who are your heroes?
Many of my heroes are the simple people who push themselves, but do it for the process, not the result. It’s easy to get fixated on the results or outcome and forget why you do the things you love in the first place.
What inspires you?
The feeling/attitude of trusting the process of life—working hard and enjoy yourself without worrying about what’s out of your control. That’s the feeling that inspires me to LIVE more.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
Slingshots, mountain biking, kayaking, making music with friends, and I want to climb more this summer.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Candy before (or for) breakfast.
What are your hidden talents?
They are still in hiding. I’m working on my slingshot skills though.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
San Rafael Swell, Southern Utah. It’s like another universe! I think it’s the best kind of medicine for keeping things in perspective and always refreshing my love for the planet and for adventure.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A traveling environmental policy maker….. What kid wants that? Ha. Really though. Since I was like 7.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
I would change lots of things, isn’t that human nature? I guess the biggest thing I would change is wanting to change or be different than who I am. Striving for the balance of self-acceptance and self-improvement sure can be finicky.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
A couple years ago my family and I built a house, and when the inspector came to give us our four-way inspection it was pretty terrifying, because we didn’t really have any idea what we were doing. Haha. Seriously. But I’m scared all the time, especially in the mountains. Fear is our biggest tool out there, and learning when to override it and when it is telling you something important you need to listen to is the name of the game.
Describe your perfect day:
Skiing pow with some tunes in solo at first, then meeting up with my bro and maybe a couple close friends…then biking, reading a book and laying in the sun.