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Name: Allie Huish
Ambassador Since: 2016
Sport(s): Skiing, rock climbing, backpacking
Instagram handle: @meowntainmamma
What does SheShredsCo mean to you?
SheShredsCo is all about growth and opportunity. Unlike men, many women fail to gain recognition in the outdoor/adventure sports arenas. SheShreds is a powerful advocate and tool for us as women in these sports to use to our advantage. Whether you're seriously looking for sponsorship or just hoping to find more girls to enjoy the ski slope with. As an ambassador, I have the opportunity to learn new things pertaining to my sport through the other girls. I am also able to let my talents shine by helping another girl out, trying a new trick, or even by hosting a female-friendly event! For me personally, I love having the opportunity to talk to other women about ski technology and I've loved trying to expand my skiing style by competing in rail jams (something that used to be a big mental block for me).
How did you get hooked on your favorite action sport(s)?
Both of my older brothers snowboard and, being the tomboy I was, I persuaded them to teach me a bit about it on our neighborhood sledding spot. Growing up in Utah, snow sport culture is huge and there were always plenty of opportunities to snowboard on field trips and church parties. I always loved snowboarding but one night around the age of 16 while night-boarding with some friends, I decided to rent a pair of skis just for the hell of it. The rest was history as I unexpectedly fell madly in love with skiing and soon found myself a job at the local ski hill, Beaver Mountain. I am soon to start my 4th season as a ski technician at Beaver and I pretty much dream about waist deep powder 365 days a year.
What challenges do you face being a female in the sport?
I would say the most challenging thing is to break out of our own mental barriers that society has placed on us as female athletes. Traditional gender norms make it easy for women to doubt themselves and feel inadequate compared to men and even other women. SheShreds has helped me immensely to break past that self-doubt. Instead I am being given the chance to make friends and to practice having self-confidence. This has helped me not just with skiing, but with many other aspects of my life as well.
Where is the most unusual or exciting place you have done your sport?
I still have a lot of ski-related travel destinations to check off my list so I'll have to update this... However some of my best days skiing so far have been spent at my hidden gem, Beaver Mountain in Northern Utah, as well as Brighton (UT) and Grand Targhee (WY). My favorite places for some backpacking and rock climbing would be City Of Rocks (ID), White Pine Lake (UT), and the Green River Lakes (WY).
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
Probably the day a coworker and I took a wrong turn while skiing out of bounds at Beaver Mountain. We were riding the lifts that day and didn't plan to go far so we didn't see the need for any backcountry equipment. It was snowing nonstop and visibility was extremely limited. We left for that run around 11 am and wouldn't be discovered by ski patrolmen and Search and Rescue until midnight that night. Around 4:30 pm we were fortunate enough to be able to find a fallen tree to make some shelter with and got a tiny fire going. The fire and shelter kept us somewhat warm and dry while we waited another 6.5 hours to be found. I will never forget seeing the light from the patrolmen's headlamps bobbing into vision and calling out to them for help. They gave us some food and what dry clothes they were carrying and we formed a line to ski down the dark, heavily wooded face to some snowmobiles waiting for us at the bottom. It felt like I rode on the snowmobile forever until we reached a snowcat that would take me and my coworker back to safety. It was pretty surreal to come so close to something that could have gotten very serious. My family and close friends spent that day unsure as to whether or not I was even alive. I wouldn't wish for it to happen again, but it was a very humbling experience and I feel like it definitely happened for a reason.
I just would like to add how absolutely incredible the SheShredsCo jamboree has been! I've gone the past two years and some of the girls that I finally met in person are now lifelong friends and we talk online literally everyday. I look forward to the Jamboree all year!
Who/what are your inspirations?
Cheryl Strayed who not only happens to be my favorite author, but an incredible outdoorswoman herself! After her life crumbled underneath her, she walked the majority of the Pacific Crest Trail in the 90's all by herself. She was super inexperienced and scared but she knew hiking the PCT would bring her back to the person she wanted to be. It's an amazing story and her writing has given me a lot of strength in my life.
Favorite thing about SheShreds products?
I love the thoughtful touches and quality that SheShreds puts into their clothing. Every time I order something, my expectations are exceeded. You can see it in the materials they use and I love additions of things like having zippered pockets. SheShreds clothes are for when you seriously want to treat yo'self and you like to feel good on and off the mountain. (: