At home with Roz Groenewoud
At home with Roz G.
What do winter X Games athletes do during the summer? Halfpipe skier Roz Groenewoud invited us in for a tour of her Squamish, British Columbia, home to find out. The Women's Ski SuperPipe gold medalist from X Games Aspen 2012 lives just down the road from the ski mecca of Whistler Blackcomb.
What's for dinner?
On a recent Friday night, Groenewoud, who lives with friends, was busy whipping up a paleo feast with roommate Carmen Petrick.
Home sweet home
A transplant from Calgary, Alberta, Groenewoud's home for the past four years has been the mountain town of Squamish, which is ringed by the high peaks of British Columbia's coastal range.
The entryway to Groenewoud's home features a series of nature drawings by an unknown artist that she happened upon at a secondhand store. "I can't tell you anything about them, but I love them," she says.
Groenewoud's mantle is adorned with various trophies from throughout her freeskiing career, including her five career X Games medals, plus podium finishes at Dew Tour, World Cups and more. At the end is a custom syringe plaque, made by a friend in tribute to helping Groenewoud overcome her early fear of needles.
The focus chair
One of her favorite spots in the house, jokingly dubbed "The Focus Room," is the Focus Chair, a loveseat where Groenewoud spends countless hours, studying and reflecting. The house is adorned with art, mostly inherited from her grandmother, an enthusiastic art collector who spent many years abroad.
Groenewoud keeps an ongoing list of accomplishments that she plans to pursue, both in the near and far-off future.
In addition to her decorated freeskiing career, Groenewoud, an avid reader and diligent student, has been attending Squamish's Quest University as a math and physics major. A large stack of books sits behind the Focus Chair. One of her recent favorites, she jokes, is Linear Algebra With Applications.
A collage of family photos and other memories decorates the main hallway, centering the house.
A day of the dead and yoga crossover piece, purchased on a yoga retreat in Tecate, Mexico, adorns Groenewoud's yoga space. In her 13th year of regular yoga practice, she looks to yoga more for the conscious breath and focus than for stretching and movement.
Back to nature
Numerous trails snake through the densely wooded forests of Squamish that surround her neighborhood, and easy access to trails was a driving force in Groenewoud's decision to purchase the home.
River runs through it
Just steps from her front door, Mashiter Creek cuts a deep channel in the Squamish landscape, a regular place for Groenewoud to reflect and, when the water runs high enough, a favorite cliff jumping spot in summer.
A newly remodeled kitchen is the centerpiece of Groenewoud's home. Along with Carmen Petrick and Roz's younger brother and fellow roommate, Luke Groenewoud, the group loves to entertain and try new recipes.
Life on a platter
Putting the final cilantro touches on a chipotle-barbecue-rubbed pork tenderloin, Groenewoud says, "Meat is life."
Dinner is served
Thanks for visiting the house of Roz Groenewoud. Look for Roz G. on the slopes in just a few months and at X Games Aspen in January 2016.