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Action County: Katka Fucimanova

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

If Katka Fucimanova weren’t such a big fan of wildlife, she probably wouldn’t have enjoyed her latest backcountry skiing trip to Torreys Peak.The local ski instructor was out looking for powder when she found herself standing face to face with a mountain goat.”At first he was 10 feet away, but then he just kept walking closer and closer to me,” Fucimanova said. “I was filming him with my camera, but then he came so close that I stopped. We were just standing there looking at each other until he finally walked away. It was so much fun.”Fucimanova, who hails from the Czech Republic, generally skis in the backcountry two or three times a week.”At least one day a week we do something big,” she said, referring to her skiing partners. “We’ll hike a big Fourteener or go some place that involves hiking for two or three hours.

“I like to enjoy the mountains,” she said. “Nobody’s out there (in the backcountry) and it’s not commercialized. I also like to work out so hiking uphill is fun for me.”Fucimanova has opted for an outdoor lifestyle even though she holds a degree in civil engineering.”Engineering is fun but I love sports more,” the Arapahoe Basin instructor said. “Skiing was just a hobby when I was growing up but I’m thinking about doing some mountain guiding in the future.”Fucimanova worked as an engineer in the Czech Republic for a year-and-a-half before relocating to the United States”I felt like I needed to have new experiences, meet people and learn the (English) language,” she said. Fucimanova, who moved from her homeland to Boulder three years ago, plans to milk the ski season as long as she can.

“I’m going to Alaska for a few weeks,” she said. “When I come back, I’m hoping to ski at least until the end of June.”Fucimanova won’t ski in Alaska, however, as she’ll be focusing her energy on backpacking.”It would be too complicated to bring all my ski equipment with me,” she said.Aside from her trip to Alaska, Fucimanova’s next move has yet to be determined.”It’s hard to say what my plans are, they change all the time,” she said. “I would like to stay here for next ski season and then move somewhere else. Maybe New Zealand. I love to travel.”

Where else would you like to travel?”Russia. The mountains there are untouched and they’re not commercialized. I also want to go mountaineering in Nepal.”What’s your opinion of A-Basin?”I like it. It’s a small place where people know each other and everyone is very friendly. There’s also a lot of good backcountry skiing near there. Beavers is a great run that’s close to the top of the lift – you don’t have to hike very far and you get a long run out of it.”

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