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Unfazed by skiing accident, Logan Johnson pursues to ski
With high spirits and “ready to shred,” Logan Johnson skis again. After an almost fatal skiing accident left him with multiple brain injuries and in a coma for about two months last June, Johnson has returned to the slopes with support from his family and Eagle Mount.
“I am excited to ski again. I’ve been doing physical therapy at my house, praying and eating blueberry pancakes. I’ve also done some cross-country skiing,” Johnson stated, in preparation of his return.
On Jan. 31, Johnson with his wife Janine, father and Pastor by his side, embarked on his second ski lesson with Eagle Mount, an organization that provides recreational activities for any individual with a disability. Johnson has signed up to complete eight lessons. He hopes by the end of the season, he will be able to ski with his three sons, Korbin, Gunnar and Oliver again.
“My goals are to get back to skiing like I used to, to have fun and to ski with my boys,” Johnson said.
To help practice balancing on the skis, Johnson’s Eagle Mount instructor, Kim Reeves said he would utilize a ski bra, which connects the tips of the skis.
“He’ll use a ski bra until he has better balance and his muscle memory comes back to his legs. The focus is on balance before paralleling down the hill. The closer the skis, the better the balance,” Reeves explained.
After the ski bra was secured on Logan’s skis, Reeves then placed her skis in between his to help with control. The two practiced turns on Magic Carpet run for his two-hour session. On the mountain, community members, ski instructors and friends who know Johnson were also excited to see him back on the slopes and greeted him with enthusiasm.
“He enjoys the social component of skiing, which is also a big motivator,” Reeves said.
During his session, he said that his family keeps him motivated and he prays when hardships arise.
While Spring skiing with his sons at Twin Lake’s Headwall in the Beartooth Mountains, Logan fell 300 feet, hitting his head on a pile of rocks. Despite the traumatic experience, Logan’s wife said skiing is in his blood and in it’s his character to pursue what he loves.
“One specific day about three weeks ago, we got the big first snow and he started asking about where his skis were and started to get excited about skiing again. It’s in him,” Janine said.