Claire Hotchkiss - Skiier - Washington, USA




 Your Age: 25

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Washington & Alaska

Weapon(s) of choice: Skis! 

What’s an average day for you like? Aside from my full time job, I usually get up at the crack of dawn, pack up all of my gear (skis, boots, shovel, probe, transceiver, lunch, etc.) and head to the Stevens Pass area. From there we’ll either bootpack to the hidden gems, or skin up the hill for some fresh tracks!

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would love to see more females charging and giving the men a run for their money.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Looking good is really about confidence. Having confidence unlocks the potential to be your best self.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Skiing can undoubtedly be more dangerous than other sports out there. Know your ability, know your terrain, know your equipment. If you don’t know, ask for help or take a class.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I’ve seen 2 different people break their femur, I’ll spare you the details.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Powder. It’s all about the powder.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Good friends and good tunes.

What are three things you could not live without? My dog, my family, and my skis.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents, especially my dad. He taught me everything from ski tuning to avalanche safety.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? Ingrid Backstrom

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Freeride/backcountry.

Favorite conditions? The calm after the storm. When it dumps pow all night, and the skies open up for a blue bird, shred-filled day.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Hokkaido, Japan and Valdez, Alaska. SO MUCH SNOW!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Peter Pan

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram: finding_claire_