Free-Heeled " Mike Busenhart of VMS
Vail Mountain School senior Mike Busenhart loves telemark skiing. In fact, his passion runs so deep he helped start a team at the school together with classmate Patrick Scanlan.
“After I tried telemark skiing, I liked it so much better than anything else,” Busenhart says. Before he telemark skied, he would ski 60 days. This season, he telemark skied 60 days and alpine skied one day.
Busenhart is also an intern at Steadman Hawkins under Dr. Bill Sterett. Steadman Hawkins provides trainers for all of the Vail Valley’s high schools, and VMS athletic director Dan Verbeten knew that Busenhart was interested. Busenhart credits Verbeten for getting him this internship.
“I’ve been interested in medicine since I was very young,” he says. “It’s probably because of all my injuries.”
Busenhart has undergone shoulder surgery and sustained his fair share of broken bones, starting at an early age.
“I broke my wrist in the third grade swinging from a rope swing,” he says.
All seniors at VMS complete a senior project, and Busenhart’s focuses on his internship.
“Tate Edmunds and Josh Slatky (from Steadman Hawkins) have really worked with me, and Josh is helping me out a lot with my senior project,” Busenhart says.
Busenhart, whose family moved to Vail from Boulder when he was in the sixth grade, says he likes VMS because of the small class sizes. He has two older brothers, David, 30, who works at a restaurant in Aspen, and Matt, 28, who works for ski patrol in Beaver Creek.
This summer, Busenhart will travel to Europe for one month with two classmates and friends, Zachary Lucido and Ana Smith.
Then, he will visit Canada for two weeks as part of a family tradition.
After that, it’s off to Hamilton College in Clinton, NY where Busenhart will play soccer and maybe take pre-medicine classes.
He says he’ll miss seeing people he knows and the skiing.
“High school is a fun four years,” Bushenhart says, advising younger students to carefully balance school work and fun.
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