How have you spent the summer season?
This summer, massage (my other profession), has been busier than ever in Lake Tahoe, so I have been taking full advantage. You have to work hard to play hard! Luckily the long summer days made it possible to also fit in plenty of fun including mountain biking, SUP boarding, camping, hiking, CrossFit and plenty of beach BBQing with friends.
What are your plans for the 2015 winter season?
This winter I am focused on exploring new shred zones on my snowmachine and splitboard, documenting the stories and sharing them. It’s a goal to explore new terrain every season so I am especially excited that SFS will have new venues added to the tour stops. I will try to compete in SFS events along with the local Banzai Tour here in Tahoe.
Are you planning on competing in the 2015 Subaru Freeride Series?
Yes. It’s great that it will again be an open event like it has always been.
The coveted Sickbird award will be up for grabs at each of the SFS stops, what would you do to be awarded that?
I will send it as hard as I can and hope that it may be enough to even be nominated for the Sickbird Buckle. Dudes are going huge and many women are sending it just a big these days, it’s anyone’s game, so with that being said I will send it and hope for the best!
Why do you like competing in big mountain?
Competing big mountain has put me in situations which I may not have ever been exposed to. When I first started competing I had no clue how to pick a line, read terrain; I had absolutely no knowledge of snow conditions and riding with moving snow. I have watched and absorbed everything I can from previous competitors and learned so much from judges feedback. After gosh, around 9 years of freeride competitions, I have been confronted with almost every scenario you can think of. I have grown to trust myself to choose lines which continually excite and push me. I know I have the ability to win freeride events, I just have to execute my vision perfectly. Easier said than done right. Every year new athletes come in to these events to throw down, which is key to keeping the riding at the highest level. Last season on the SFS I saw some of the best snowboarding from women I have ever seen. The line that stands out the most is Camella Brown’s run in the finals at Big Sky. Probably the best run I have seen from a female snowboarder in all the years I have competed. I can only imagine what this season has in store for us!
Where do you foresee the sport evolving to in the next few years?
…With people like Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones and Helen Schettini influencing freeriding in the film world we are going to see and already are seeing the sport grow and evolve to new heights. You don’t need anything other than two feet and some ambition to shred sick lines. The days of heli shredding are no longer blinding the shred population, we now see how easy and fun traveling by foot in the snow can be to access epic terrain.
How you prepare for a competition?
I ride top to bottom runs, rain or shine. I try to re-create a competition situation so when I am actually competing the nerves won’t take me over. I have yet to perfect this skill. It’s also important to grow endurance to sustain strength through an entire competition run. I have learned that less is more, so I do take days off to chill, do some yoga and let my body, mind and spirit reconnect. I try to expose myself to new terrain as much as possible so I am not just getting confident on the same lines over and over.
Do you cross train during the off season?
Off season I train at ST CrossFit where I focus on overall strength and wellness. I love to mountain bike, which is quite similar to snowboarding as far as picking lines, looking ahead, pumping corners and sending jumps. I am also trying to stretch more often integrating yoga into my life along with SUP boarding. It’s also key to get comfortable in the air so cliff jumping and trampoline sessions are key in the off season. I honestly just like to have as much fun as possible in the off season and thankfully fun activities help with snowboarding.
Backcountry or inbounds?
Backcountry is always the favorite choice!
Where do you look for influence / inspiration for your skiing?
I am most influenced by athletes who are obviously having fun on the mountain. Being playful and seeing lines, which no one else sees, especially riders who have sick style and go big! Some of my favorite snowboarders to watch on the SFS are Galen Bridgwater, Iris Laz, Jonathan Penfield, Camilla Brown and Abe Greenspan.