Laurie DePhillips - Skier/Snowboarder, Colorado, USA

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Your Age: 32

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Colorado

Weapon(s) of choice:  skis, snowboard, road bike, my own two feet

What’s an average day for you like? During the week I work full time, get some biking, walks and yoga in. On the weekends I am always in the mountains either hiking and camping in the summer or shredding in the winter.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult part is figuring out that you can do it. Learning to ski or ride doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and practice. But once you find your groove, there is no better feeling. And everyone’s style is different; so finding your own style and how you enjoy the ride is totally unique to you. 

 

 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I love that females are pushing the limits and are now going toe to toe with the boys. This is a really exciting time and there are so many more opportunities for females in sports than there were before. 

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? SheShreds is doing it. Building a community of women to support each other is really incredible and motivating. 

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I’m a girly girl who loves glitter and sequins, but I’m also an athlete who likes to push my limits all topped with a bit of a hippie streak to me. So whatever you would call that! 

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Obviously I love the SheShreds apparel, but I also shop Athleta, Burton and any local Colorado brand. And I’m 100% loyal to my Adidas shell toes. 

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Much of my yoga practice is focused on appreciating your body and being compassionate towards yourself. Once I really started to follow this, all other aspects of my life seemed to follow. Looking and feeling good starts from within. 

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. It is really difficult to watch crashes, but it is also inspirational to hear about the healing process. I had a pretty gnarly crash on my snowboard in 2013 and broke my humerus. The recovery was a long process and I am still working on regaining my confidence. But I have found so much support from others that has really helped. 

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? That first time when you confidently make it down the run, or connect your turns, or land a trick. There is no better feeling. Except maybe your first powder day. Everyone remembers their first. 

Do you own any other toys? Bikes, boards, skis, snowshoes, kayaks… I live in Colorado, I have to experience it all! 

 What gets you pumped up for the day? The smell of fresh snow. Oh, and lots of coffee. 

What are three things you could not live without? Mountains, music and mascara 

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My parents were always supportive in letting me try every single sport I found. They never really understood my need for adventure (and still don’t), but they have always been very supportive. Even as an adult, they are still interested and invested in what my latest adventure is. 

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Anything in the mountains. And I like to travel around the country to Phish shows. 

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I hike a lot, bike around Denver, swim and yoga. 

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Regain my confidence on my board, but I’m also loving the skis these days.  

Favorite conditions? Fresh powder!  

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Chile is my ultimate bucket list destination. 

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?  I like a lot of Phish, and Tweezer is a great song to get me pumped to shred.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why?  A guy that I went to high school with started a snowboard company called Marhar and that is the brand that I ride. 

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting?  After a long day on the mountain, few things taste as good as a Lefthand Milk Stout. And lots of water! 

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I’m still trying to figure that out.