Dziemian Retires, Draws Up Bright Future
Nessa Dziemian is hanging up her competitive mogul skis after six years on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.
Dziemian was born and raised in Hampstead, N.H., and started skiing with the Loon Mountain Freestyle when she was seven where she “spent every weekend” on the slopes.
“I was just following my family friends and my brother and what they did,” she reflected. “And they went over to freestyle after ski school. I tried it out for a day and fell in love with it.”
After a few years Dziemian moved up to Waterville Valley’s Black & Blue Trail Smashers (WVBBTS) to foster her mogul skiing talent. She won her first of three Junior National Championships with WVBBTS. When she was 16 Dziemian enrolled into Carrabassett Valley Academy in order to focus on her goal of making the U.S. Ski Team. She also skied for Park City Freestyle before achieving that goal.
Dziemian made the U.S. Ski Team for the 2015-16 season after winning the NorAm Tour and Dual Moguls National Championships (and placing second in Moguls National Championships) the season prior. Over the course of her career, Dziemian had 32 World Cup starts, 10 top-10 World Cup finishes, five National Championships podiums and skied on the 2019 World Championships team.
Looking back on her career, Dziemian is most proud of helping push the sport forward. “Prior to making the U.S. Ski Team, I was really accomplished in jumping. I was the first female mogul skier to throw a cork 1080 on snow. That was a huge accomplishment in my life.” In her last competition at the 2021 U.S. Moguls Freestyle National Championships, Dziemian won the singles title by throwing a cork mute. She was the first female mogul skier to do so in a run that counted (Kai Owens threw the same trick a few weeks prior at World Championships after DNFing in the beginning of her run).
“Throughout my career I just tried to push women’s sport and bring (the) joy of the sport to others. I felt like I was able to do that.”
One of Dziemian’s favorite memories speaks to her spirit. “Morgan Schild and I dueled in Apex (this was a NorAm way back when). Morgan is such a good skier. We both skied over the finish line at the same time, and both threw the same tricks: back X to cork 7. We were some of the first girls to throw these tricks, and this was even cooler because in a dual. Being that close, neck in neck, the whole time was pretty sweet. I’ll never forget that.”
Dziemian is grateful for the opportunity to have skied for her country, to be part of the best women’s mogul ski team in the world, and the many lasting friendships forged on snow in the bump lane. She thanks her family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff and fans for their support.
Dziemian is excited for the next chapter, which will take place in Canada, at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver, B.C. Dziemian plans to study illustration and looks forward to bringing people joy through design.
Follow Dziemian’s personal Instagram account @nessamnn as she creates her planned freelance business and new website.