Andrew Kurka is about head back to Colorado to train, and he's bringing along a very valuable piece of equipment.

"This is my monoski, it's a Tessier-Skarver, made in France, it's a French monoski," the Eagle River resident said during a visit with fans at SkiAK Ski Shop.

The equipment paid off big time for Kurka last season. An overall world cup championship went along with nine gold medals for the adaptive skier.

"Last season has been my best season by far, that is a fact," said Kurka.

Now his sights are set on a bigger prize: a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea.

"I'm really excited coming into this year, and I definitely think I'm a top contender, and I'm really looking forward to having a great season. Entering the season, I'm as prepared as I've ever been, my equipment and everything is ready to go," said Kurka.

First though, a quick trip back to where Kurka developed his love of skiing.

"I love seeing my family, I love being home, seeing my family, love being home in Alaska, with the all the support, everyone being around, it's fantastic, and I look forward to what's to come," said Kurka, as he chases a gold medal on his sport's biggest stage.