But she wasn’t there just to hit the slopes. She was there to marry Matthew Gnoza in a way that could put other winter weddings to shame.
“My something old was my skis, my something new was my ski outfit, my something borrowed was my veil from a friend, and my something blue was my ski boots!” she told FOX television stations.
The couple got married March 12. Healey said she chose the day because it was the same day as her late father’s birthday, who died unexpectedly.
Healy, 40, and Gnoza, 48, are both avid skiers and reside in Sunderland, Vermont. The couple even had their first date on a ski mountain and traveled to different resorts around the world. Gnoza is also the head coach of the USA Ski and Snowboard Team Mogul.
“We both knew getting married on skis made sense to us, we’re not tropical type people,” she added. “We love winter, snow and skiing, so for us it made perfect sense.”
The couple’s family and friends joined them on their special day, but they also had an unexpected visitor: a snowstorm.
According to the Burlington Free Pressthe state was experiencing a snowstorm that brought up to 17 inches of snow to some areas.
Healy said she was expecting inclement weather but believed the rain would turn to snow as temperatures drop. What she hadn’t anticipated were high winds and blizzard-like conditions. The couple originally wanted to tether themselves to the top of the mountain, but chose a lower elevation surrounded by trees that offered some protection from the harsh winter weather.
“We hadn’t anticipated the cyclone with the bomb!” she says. “It was a wild ride that day. It was a really beautiful day for a white wedding!
The couple’s love of skiing was also reflected in their vows.
“I said in my vows that it was on thousands of lifts that I had the honor of knowing Matt and falling in love with him,” Healy continued.
Other lines included “I promise to wait for you at the bottom of every line we ski and at the top of every mountain we climb” and “I promise to always be by your side, whether it’s queuing for the first chair on a powder day or take a last lap after the lifts close.
Despite Winter’s wrath, Healy said it was the perfect winter wedding and the snowstorm was the “icing on the cake.”
And if you thought the couple would go somewhere hot for their honeymoon, think again.
The couple spent their time in Megeve, France, before heading to Valmalenco, Italy. Both are ski resorts.