Caite Seliff

North Conway native and big-mountain skier Caite Zeliff poses for a photo at the Cranmore Mountain Resort in front of the statue of Hannes Schneider, who is widely considered to be “the Father of Modern Day Skiing.”

CONWAY — With slopes ranging from 40 to 55 degrees, Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington was a great training ground for Caite Zeliff, who graduated to even steeper slopes and in doing so, to being featured in films by the legendary Warren Miller.

Now a resident of Girdwood, Alaska, Zeliff, 29, returned home recently to give the keynote speech at the Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival.