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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Subaru Freeride Series Telluride

I have heard that the San Juan mountain range in southern Colorado is spectacular, but I've never been able to witness it for myself. It did not disappoint. In every direction you gaze are just the most majestic mountains you have ever seen. I was lucky enough to be able to go to Telluride at the beginning of March for the Subaru Freeride Series stop and although it didn't go quite as planned for me, the level of riding both skiing and snowboarding was mind blowing, and the scenery made it just that much better.
With just a visual inspection of the course the day before competing in the Main Event, it was difficult to select the right line, and have the confidence to ride it well given it would be the first time ever going down it. I admire those who were able to find the right line and "send it" in the sense that a lot of the competitors did. For me it was unusual to look at something from the bottom and then try to find my way to it from the top, where you couldn't see more than about the first 100 feet of the slope. Needless to say, I got a little lost on my line and was unable to put down the run I wanted, missing finals by just one spot. I was more than happy to be able to watch and cheer on the rest of the competitors, and work on my tan in the sunshine at 12,000ft! It was an absolutely perfect day for a final, and the energy levels were high. People were absolutely throwing down and it was a pleasure to watch. Congratulations to all of the competitors who were able to attack the mountain and get on the podium, that was a gnarly course!
On a brighter note, I was selected to be featured in the CORE SHOT video that the Freeride Series does with athletes to highlight the competitors and give a little behind the scenes look at who we are and showcases our personalities. Thanks for choosing me to be featured SFS and MSI! Take a look at the video below!
I can't wait for the next event at Big Sky, MT which is one of my old stomping grounds growing up! Be sure to stay tuned and check the SFS website (  for live streaming of the event and to see all of the athletes current ranking on the tour!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rahlves Redbull Banzai at Alpine Meadows

This whole season has been a new experience for me. Having to mentally overcome knee surgery I think is the most difficult part of it all, the physical aspect is easy, but having to completely re-think the way I've lived my life forever and be "cautious" is something i've never had to do.
That being said its opened so many doors that I had so strategically left closed for a long time knowing that my true passion may lie behind them. Between the freeride series, getting out in the mountains and earning my turns, I feel that riding park may be a thing of the past for me (at least until the summertime.)
I was coerced into coming with some friends to do the BANZAI in Tahoe which is another event that I had heard of, but never thought I would have an opportunity to do with my heavy slopestyle contest schedule. Luckily I was able to sneak over to Alpine Meadows and participate in this one, and man was it intense! I've never done any racing on my snowboard, let alone racing with 3 other people next to me, down what was basically a Giant Slalom course covered with giant icy moguls! The event was all time and so were the people. The format was insane, I still can't wrap my head around it, but I do know that I somehow managed to get 4th for women! Congrats to everyone who participated and survived that icy hill of death! Special shoutout to Daron Rahlves for hosting the event and showing us all what a great skier he is by absolutely crushing the course on his warmup run.

Making new friends at the burrito stand 

Top of the course! 

Podium shot! 

Squaw Prom was all time. Thanks Kaya for the VIP hookup! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Subaru Freeride Series at Snowbird 2015

As you may or may not have figured out by now,  Slopestyle contests have been a driving force in my life for the past few years. Its hard to realize that there are other aspects of snowboarding outside of what I like to call my "comfort bubble." After blowing my knee last year, I just mentally wasn't ready to hit big jumps and potentially risk another injury by pushing myself to do the Grand Prix in Mammoth. I opted out of doing the contest, and decided to sign up for the Subaru Freeride Series. It may have been one of the best decisions i've ever made, snowboarding or not.
The event took place at Snowbird,UT which is an absolutely legendary place to ride. Having grown up in Montana, I felt pretty confident about my ability on a snowboard and being able to handle this terrain.
The day of Semi qualifiers we were greeted with 80+ mile an hour winds, with gusts of up to 120! Needless to say it was pretty low visibility, and harsh conditions. The event coordinators at the Freeride Series did an awesome job holding off until we could see a little better and let us compete about an hour and a half after the designated start time. Having not rode the line I chose due to my lack of knowledge during inspection, I was so happy to just make it down the run in one piece. I ended up qualifying for finals in 6th position out of 7 girls, so I just barely made it!
The finals day we were on a different portion of the mountain called North Baldy, the hike to the start was unbelievably beautiful and serene. I was able to get a good line down in our one run inspection, and felt at ease for the rest of the day. We inspected at 8:30am and didn't end up riding until 3:45pm so by that time I was a little antsy to say the least!
The energy of the crowd and people at these events is something I haven't experience at a contest in a very long time. Huge smiles all around, people drinking beer, grilling in the sunshine, it was my kind of scene indeed. I was able to put down a solid run with a few airs, some technical lines, and a little rock hopping and put myself on the podium in 2nd place! I couldn't be more pleased with this whole thing and CANNOT wait for the next stops on this series- Next one will be at Telluride March 4-8th!
Huge shoutout to the Subaru Freeride Series and all of their sponsors! All of my sponsors and supporters who got me here, and my family that stands behind me every step of the way! Including my big brother and his girlfriend who came out to watch! Also a huge thanks to all of the hard working filmers and photographers who provided me with these awesome shots (Jay Dash, Sean Ryan and Amy Jimmerson)

Here is a full preview of the live webcast;     (my run is at 4:50:52)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

SIA Tradeshow 2015 and empowering women through sports marketing.

SIA is always an event that can help shape your career as a snowboarder, and or skier. This year was no different as I was able to speak at a panel discussion hosted by Shred Betties and sponsored by She Shreds and included these powerful ladies; Diana Sciandra, Aimi Xistra- Rich, Mimi Lopour, Ana Van Pelt, and myself. We were blessed with an unbelievable audience of women and men alike from all aspects of the industry. The discussion was mediated by the wonderful Kristin Darga who kept us all civil, and on track. We covered so many topics, got great feedback, and feel that we definitely turned some heads at the show. It was wonderful to address an entire group of people about the state of women's snowboarding and how we can positively influence the future generation of snowboarders, as well as the past, and present. It was an absolute honor to be a part of this and I can't wait to have more discussions like this! 

Myself and legend Gigi Ruef

(Left to right) Diana, Aimi, Myself, Mimi, and Ana 

 Addressing the audience! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Make a Wish come true at Breckenridge, CO

Myself, Bryce, his brother and sister Ethan and Kayla. 

I have been privileged to work with the Make a Wish Foundation for the past few years since moving to Colorado. They are an absolute inspiration, and I can't wait to continue to grow our relationship and grant more wishes!
Living in Breckenridge is unbelievable, and many people would love to come here just to be a part of the mountains, snow, and community. Thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation, 8 year old Bryce got to do just that. He and his family were brought to Breckenridge for a ski vacation and some relaxing time in the mountains.
Looking for more ways to personally give back in my snowboarding career, this seemed a perfect opportunity to give back to the snowboard community, and help to do my part in inspiring the next generation of snowboarders.
It was a complete honor to get to know and teach Bryce and his family about snowboarding. What an amazing human being and supportive family! I look forward to granting many wishes like this!

Bryce and myself on the hill

Bryce got some goodies from my sponsors! 

Ethan and Bryce

Siblings; Ethan, Bryce, and Kayla

The whole family! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Wrap Up

Well 2014 has come to a close, and as I've mentioned before it could have been one of my worst years ever. Having torn my ACL at the Olympic qualifier at Breckenridge, I was obviously devastated, but decided to put all of my focus and energy into rehabilitation of my knee. It has most definitely paid off, I was able to coach at Windells this summer and get back a little bit of on snow time that I had lost. Working with personal trainers, and dedicating hours in the gym has enabled me to be riding again at a level that I am comfortable being at, and constantly pushing myself and my body every day. I have a different approach to this season and am excited to be working on a few different projects with Bombas Socks, and the Make a Wish Foundation, that are setting the standard for giving back. I am also looking forward to competing in the Subaru Freeride Series which is a realm I am quite comfortable being in, but have never had the opportunity to compete. 
The road to recovery will never quite be over, and I will always strive to be better being a competitive athlete. I would like to thank all of my supporters who have stood behind me on this journey, I would not be here without you. 

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