Your Age: 21
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Beaver Mountain, Utah
Weapon(s) of choice: K2 Fulluvit (skis), Atomic Century (skis), Gregory Amber 70 Liter Backpack, 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback
What’s an average day for you like? Working on my bachelors degree in Biology, identifying aquatic invertebrates from the Arctic in the Fish Ecology Lab at Utah State University, skiing Beaver Mountain, and working in their Ski Rental and Repair Shop.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Getting over the fear of the possibility of an injury was hard for me. But this can easily be accomplished because skiing and climbing take place mostly outside and it is BEAUTIFUL!
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I hate being underestimated and feeling the need to prove myself. But I continually get to prove people wrong! And that is one of the best feelings in the world as a female athlete.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I'm actually a huge hippie.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Dakine, Arcteryx
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I actually had a recent lesson on just how dangerous my sport can be. A coworker and I ducked under some out of bounds ropes at Beaver Mountain early this year and became lost in the backcountry for over 13 hours. We were extremely fortunate that through the efforts of both Ski Patrol and Search and Rescue, we were found at midnight that night. My life will never be the same after that night.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Once, at Grand Targhee, I watched my friend collide with another snowboarder going WAY too fast. My friend hit his head on the other rider's helmet, giving him a shiner and a huge goose egg on his head and the other rider may have sustained some broken ribs. It was scary to say the least, mainly because of just how hard they collided.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think the biggest "hook" skiing has to offer is that it is a combination of some incredible scenery and the exhilaration from going fast.
Do you own any other toys? A few of my favorites include my: Chacos, MSR Ascent snowshoes, Grand Trunk hammock, and Duke AT Bindings. Now I just need to get some skins!
What gets you pumped up for the day? Good music is KEY!
What are three things you could not live without? My pets, the mountains, and learning new things.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents, my boyfriend, and my amazing coworkers at Beaver Mountain.