Sunday, January 25, 2009

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

I have returned to Russia for the first Freeride World Tour stop. It has been a great experience once again. I feel like you can always count on receiving plenty of snow here in the Caucasus Mountains- it snowed several meters upon our arrival. The powder skiing here is just mind-blowing. If it's stormy the tree skiing is unrivaled and when it goes blue the mountain peaks offer steep spines and plenty of cliffs to jump off of.
I ended up the competition DNF, but alas I was very satisfied with how I skied. I took a 10+ meter cliff that the men were also airing and seemed to make quite an impression. I look forward to my next competition in Squaw Valley where I am determined to go big and finish!

A nice view across the valley from the ski resort

The epic tree skiing!

Scoping lines for Day 1 of the competition

Enjoying the sunshine with my fellow female ripping skiers: Marja Persson, Jess McMillian, and Jamie Burge

Sunday, January 11, 2009

ReCap of 2008

2008 was a great ski season for me so I thought I'd start this off by doing a recap. In 2oo8 I traveled to 4 different continents, met tons of great people in the ski community, worked with cool photographers, filmed with Rage Film Productions, won the Freeride World Tour Title, and had an absolute blast while doing it all!

Earning a spot in the Freeride World Tour in Mammoth, CA

Winning FWT Stop #2 in Sochi, Russia
Monkeying around in Krasnaya Polyana

Winning the IFSA Squaw Valley US Freeskiing Open

Tahoe backcountry skiing in with Ian Coble

FWT Stop #3 in Tignes, France

Down Time in Annecy, France (Salomon HQ)

Competing in the Verbier Xtreme, FWT Stop #4

Winning the prestigious Verbier Xtreme (that trophy was the heaviest trophy I've ever had to lift, totally exciting!)
Winning the 2008 Freeride World Tour Overall

Heli-Skiing in Haines, Alaska
On top of the world!

Stavenger, Norway: Filming a TV show for Ride Guide
Cody hamming it up in front of the camera, easy way to end the season!
So much water in Norway, such a beautiful country

Whistler in July

Summer skiing in Las Lenas, Argentina with 9 ft of fresh pow
Excited to drop in on another sick run at Lenas

Soaking in Southern Hemisphere rays after another killer day of skiing

Enjoying the view of Santiago, Chile with Cody