Date of Birth: Dec 2, 1975
Hometown: Rossland, BC
Sponsors: RED Mountain, Instinct Skis, Head Skis
Accomplishments: 1st female to ski off Mt Brennan’s North Chute (1300m of 50-55 degree chute) in Apr 2021, similar recent steep descents off big peaks in Rockies, Purcells, Valhallas; owning my own successful physio clinic; offer high-end ski coaching for adults and kids at RED Mountain; two-time silver medalist in World Freeride Champs in AK
Bio: I am a Rossland local, having grown up in the area skiing at RED Mountain. I have been in the ski industry for over 20 years. From 1998 – 2002 I was on the Freeskiing World Tour, achieving two silver medals in World Freeride Finals in Alaska. After a major crash leading to a big injury, I then judged a few subsequent freeskiing competitions and started up my own Women’s Freeride Camps at RED Mountain that I hosted and coached for 10+ years. I currently coach private high-end adult ski lessons through the RED Fall Line Sports. I am an avid ski mountaineer and enjoy the big, long adventures that involve getting to the top of big peaks and skiing big technical mountain lines. I am also a physiotherapist running my own practice in Rossland and I am the proud mother of two ripping shredder daughters!
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How old were you when you started riding?
5 years old
Who are your mentors/influencers?
Christina Lusti, Hillaree Nelson
What’s your favourite thing about RED?
Best steep tree skiing in bounds and no crowds! Pow for days!
What movie/video gets you most amped for the winter?
Independent films – Rossland Film Fest!
What’s your favorite run at RED?
Do you listen to music when you shred? (what’s your go-to?)
80s glam rock and metal
When not skiing/riding, what else do you like to do?
Mom, physio, bike, climb
What’s the best trick name?
Do you have any preseason rituals leading up to the winter?
Pre-season training is key – as a physio, I practice what I preach.
If you could be any animal, what would it be?
What’s your favorite saying?
Know Fear. No Fear.
Describe your perfect apres.
Insane, amazing pow day – all your fav people at Rafters – great beer and nachos!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hoping to be keeping up with my awesome daughters climbing up big peaks and skiing big lines!