Your Age: 27
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Summit County. Breckenridge, Keystone, Abasin, Vail.
Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard, still camera.
What’s an average day for you like? Either working or snowboarding, hiking, playing with/walking my dogs, taking pictures, hanging with friends!
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? Learning the edges of the board and getting your balance is definitely hardest. Easiest is probably heel edge and falling leave when you're first starting to ride.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best is being able to keep up with the guys and being respected for doing things that sometimes isn't looked at as "girly" and defying stigmas for what girls "can" and "can't" do. The worst is that there are not a whole lot of girls who participate in extreme sports so it can be harder to find girl friends that like the same thing as me.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I think snowboarding is definitely progressing when it comes to female athletes. I feel we are pushing the level more and more every year and more females are beginning to join this sport.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I am pretty laid back. I can dress up on occasion and think it's fun but on a regular basis I'm pretty casual. I wear beenies, hoodies, leggings and boots in the winter on the reg!
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? I love the brands Ride, NeverSummer, and Oakley for snowboards and gear. I like Volcom a lot for hoodies and jeans.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I enjoy looking my best and doing my best at whatever it is I'm doing, whether it's a sport, a job or my outward appearance I like to make sure I do my best at making it great!
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? i definitely think snowboarding is pretty dangerous, especially compared to less extreme sports like tennis and volleyball. However, there are always ways to make it safer and be as safe as you can while you are on the mountain for not only yourself but those around you as well. I've injured myself quite a few times and sometimes there's just nothing you can do, especially if you are in the park going off jumps and metal rails. However I make sure I am always aware of my surroundings, my equipments safe, wear my helmet, and am prepared as much as I can be.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I was on a chairlift and saw a skier flying down the mountain, clearly not in control. They were going super fast and smashed into a person waiting to get on the chairlift. I heard blood curdling screams and missed the rest since I was going up the mountain, it was very scary though.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The feeling of freedom you get when you're on your board flying down the mountain. I have no stress, worries, or fear. It is such an amazing feeling that I don't get many other places than snowboarding. It is also the closest I can feel to flying and it's just so liberating, I love it.
What is your favorite trick? I love riding trees and powder when it comes to big mountain. In the park I like front and backside boardslides and tail slides and nose slides. I'm not huge on jumps since I tore my ACL going off one I've been more timid. However if I go off smaller jumps I like regular and switch frontside 180s and I'm trying to perfect backside 1s and 360s in all directions!
Do you own any other toys? I do not, but I am interested in mountain biking because it's huge up here and everyone says it's amazing. ☺️
What gets you pumped up for the day? Knowing that every day brings new experiences and life is unpredictable so that keeps things exciting. There are so many things to look forward to in life and tons of opportunities, I try to take advantage of as many amazing things as I can.
What are three things you could not live without? My dog, my family, my snowboard.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I just try and create new goals and challenges for myself ever season and do my best to reach them.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family, friends, and boyfriend.