You could say that I grew up on skis. I learned to ski at Squaw Valley in California at the age of two and went on to attend Burke Mountain
Academy in Vermont, a high school that specializes in ski training. I thrived on adrenaline, taking risks and testing my boundaries—all of which led me to a spot on the U.S. Ski Team, the 1992 Winter Olympics, and eventually becoming a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion. Skiing Magazine once named me one of the best 25 skiers in North America, and I’ve filmed ski segments with top production companies like Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions.
Yet for me, skiing is about more than achievement. Improving my skills, achieving my goals and earning recognition as a skier have all been rewarding. But I never wanted to lose my passion or love for the sport, and I let both guide me as I shaped my career. When the thrill of downhill ski racing no longer sustained me, I changed focus. I road tripped to ski towns across the country and discovered Crested Butte, Colorado and “extreme” skiing. I traded fast, groomed runs for steep, mountainous terrain, and with it, I found the freedom and joy I’d felt as a kid on the slopes. In addition to winning two World Extreme Skiing Championships, I won the 1998 Pro Tour Title and competed in the first X-Games Women’s skier-cross. I was at home in the world of big mountain skiing.
My focus changed again as I became a mom, introducing my two boys, Devin and Aksel, to the thrill of skiing. I also became a teacher, guide, and speaker, helping others pursue their love for skiing and became an ambassador for Crested Butte Mountain Resort. I teach skiers not only how to ski, but how to work with fear and find courage—or as I like to say, find their fearless.
And, of course, I still seek out fresh tracks of my own. In 2013, I was easily convinced to test my skills again for Switchback Productions and filmed an episode for Salomonfreeskitv.com called “Super Mom,” which won Best Short at the 2014 Powder Awards. And I was thrilled to film for Warren Miller's 2016 film, Here, There & Everywhere, which took place on my home terrain of Crested Butte Mountain.
I would love to ski with you or speak to your team about what it takes to meet your goals without sacrificing your passions. Questions? You can always drop me a line.