Melissa Benjamin - Freestyle Skier, Utah & Oregon, USA

    

 

 

  Instagram: @melissa_benji

Your Name: Melissa Benjamin 

Your Age: 19

Your Location (where do you ride mostly):  Snowbasin & Powder Mountain, UT

Weapon(s) of choice: Skis for sure. I also really enjoy photography and videography!

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style?  Laid back, just living life as Mahalo as possible.  

What are three things you could not live without? My skis, my car, and my Mahalo Crew.  

What are your expectations for this activity/sport?  Female sports are undermined a lot especially in a male dominant sport, but just going out there and trying some of the stuff the guys do gets you a lot of respect.   But I'd definitely expect to see girls stepping their game up to the level that the guys are at.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)?  Maude Raymond for sure. She always slays. 

How about in the off season to stay in shape?  Go to Mt. Hood to keep on shreddin'. 

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/nextseason?  To just keep progressing everyday as much as possible, on or off mountain. 

What’s the trick to riding features and not killingyourself ?  Landing it. Haha