Your Age: 31
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Whistler, BC, Canada
Weapon(s) of choice: Never Summer Proto Type Two 145
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Feeling intimidated, not knowing the right progression or what to work on, choosing the wrong terrain, getting hurt and losing confidence. If you are brand new to snowboarding or to the park it’s best to take a lesson.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Extreme sports are still a male dominated world, and sometimes female athletes feel like they have to be one of the boys to be taken seriously. I hope female athletes will continue to define what it really means to ride like a girl: thinking first and then taking smart risks, knowing when to send it and when to call it a day, taking care of yourself and your friends, being silly and having fun, setting goals to challenging yourself, and being brave enough to push through limitations and fear.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? More opportunities for women and girls to ride together in a supportive environment where you aren’t afraid to be yourself and try new things. More balanced media coverage and better funding for female pros across all sports.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Quiet confidence looks good on everyone. Eat healthy, wear sunscreen, drink water, move your body, sleep.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? When you ride hard you are going to bail hard once in a while. I've had a pretty long list of injuries over the years, but I have recovered and come back stronger and more motivated every time. Lots of things in life are risky, but with risk comes reward. You won’t have your best day ever sitting at home on the couch.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport?
Endorphins are a powerful thing. Being in the mountains will take you to your limits and teach you a lot about yourself. There is nothing better than a bluebird pow day with your best friends. What gets you pumped up for the day?
The sound of the snow plows and avi bombs being dropped in the alpine. Homemade lattes and the sun coming up over the mountains. Morning dog walks and some music to get the energy up.What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?
Right now I’m Head Coach of the Women’s Snowboard Camps at Whistler Blackcomb, I coach for Pro Ride Snowboard Camps and Treeline Summer Snowboard Camps, and also work in Social Services. I like to surf, mountain bike, paddle on the lake, go for hikes with my dog, travel and cook healthy veggie food. Work hard, play hard, and relax hard. How about in the off season to stay in shape?
In Whistler we have snow season, bike season, and in between it’s gym season. Going to the gym is about injury prevention and getting to stand at the top of a big jump in winter with no excuses, knowing you did the work in the fall. What’s your favorite “way” to ride?
Park, All Mountain, it all depends on the snow. Favorite conditions?
There are no bad conditions, just bad attitudes! Sunny spring park laps, or steep and deep pow in the trees. What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself?
Stop and think about the technical of what you are trying to do and then commit to it. Go the right speed for the feature, and don't look down. Focus on yourself. You hurt yourself when you are too excited or too nervous, so learn to recognize when you’re in the zone and when you’re not. Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to?
Facebook: Kelsey Rose
/ Instagram: @kelseyonsnow
/ Whistler Blackcomb Women's Camps
/ Pro Ride Snowboard Camp
/ Treeline Summer Ski and Snowboard Camp
/ The Women's Centre