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Pipe Dreams

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LUDLOW, Vt. -

The Okemo Mountain Resort is one of the few places in America where having pipe dreams are actually encouraged.

"I love the half pipe because I get to try whatever I want," Okemo Mountain School student Anne Valentine said. "If I don't do it right the first time, I can just keep going."

"The bigger the better," Okemo Mountain School student Joey Okesson said.

On this particular Wednesday, there's an added buzz in the air as students from the Okemo Mountain School drop into the pipe just about the time alum Hannah Teter does the same at the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

"It's definitely inspiring to see what Hannah is doing," Valentine said. "She used to ride the same exact pipe. It makes you feel like you can do it too."

With names like Teter and fellow Vermont professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce, this mountain has and continues to produce big talent. Of course, it helps to be one of only a handful of mountains in the East to boast a half pipe of this size.

"There's a lot of history here," Okemo Mountain School teacher Luke Bonang said. "People say riding in the East is dead, I think this place puts that statement to the test."  

These young kids say they learned early on that this sport is as much mental as physical. It all starts with an 18-foot commitment from the top of the pipe to the bottom.

"It's kind of scary," Bonang said. "It's 18-feet and then with air it can go to 36-feet. It's all about learning and getting the repetitions."  

The ultimate home field advantage that they hope allows them to pickup the torch and carry it to the next Olympic games.

"If you can ride here you can ride anywhere," Valentine said. "We don't have great conditions so it's great for learning and helps your confidence when you go to a place like Colorado."

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