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Southern girl playing in the Rockies, living in a Dude's world, and writing about adventures in the great outdoors.

Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Heels & Headlamps

Make up, heels, and fancy-schmancy evenings on the town aren’t a part of my regular life style here in the mountains. Between sweating outside all day or wearing bulky clothes and ski goggles, striving for pretty isn’t exactly a priority here. However,as any woman knows, sometimes it just feels nice to feel sexy. Date night here is a perfect way to escape the bubble that ski towns can become while not having to get in your car. So leaving my snow boots at the house, slipping into a pair of heels and even putting on some lipstick, I hopped on my townie with a light on my head, and road the icy roads with my man like we were going out for a night in the big city.

Our fancy night was quite necessary as it was our first night to ourselves between Trent’s photo trips and having out of town guests here in over a month, and it will be our last between the same until the end of the ski season. So we went all out. We started our evening with a couple’s massage and ended it by closing down the most delicious fine-dining restaurant in town, Soupçon. It was a beautiful evening, and although I felt like I could have been anywhere in the world, I was quite obviously still a small-town mountain girl by riding my bike home in heels on ice after a bottle of wine.

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Love & Base Jumping

“It’s like, you know, when you fall in love. You can’t control it. And you know that it might hurt you. You know its a little dangerous because you can’t control her feelings but you still, even though you know this, you just want a little bit more and a little bit more. It’s the same thing with base jumping. You know that it may hurt you, but the feeling is so good.”                                                                                        – Karina Hollekim , professional freeskier and base jumper

From award-winning director Sebastien Montaz-Rosset comes One Step Beyond, the story of professional snowboarder and BASE jumper, Géraldine Fasnacht. Just watching the trailer, I am filled with inspiration and awe for anyone of any gender that has the determination and the guts to jump off cliffs and fly through the sky among birds. But as a woman, Géraldine proves that having balls really has nothing to do with courage. Watch the film in its entirety March 8th on Seb Montaz’s website.

Vertigirls – High on Life

Moab, Utah. A place where we Crested Buttians go to warm our bones after a winter full of snow. Where car camping is our version of a luxurious hotel. Where we trade in our skis for mountain bikes. I love driving to Moab when I need a change of scenery, leaving the aspen trees and mountains behind in exchange for cacti and huge red canyons. It is a perfect place for hiking, biking and climbing, but slack lining and base jumping? The beautiful badass women of “Vertigirls” show us 2 sports of strength, balance, and fearlessness while high lining across 60+ foot canyons and jumping off cliffs into the rocky abyss.

One of my favorite quotes is from base jumper, Jill Kuzman. She says, “Every base jump is you getting to save your own life every time. You getting to fall off a cliff and feel yourself molding with the air instead of fighting it.” I mean talk about a strong woman! These ladies are able to take each other’s lives and their own in their hands, while doing what they are passionate about. It is so empowering to see a group of women take charge, take risks and push themselves to a place that few men would dare go.

Richard Permin Interview: Eat your heart out Ladies!

Photo by Trent Bona

Talking with Richard Permin in Japan – ESPN.

You may recognize Monsieur Permin from last year’s ski film, Attack of La Nina, by Matchstick Productions (in which I had a cameo as an 80’s party girl that feeds Colby West champagne in a hot tub- no big deal). Not to mention all of the competitions he has placed in top spots this year alone. He is French. He is gorgeous. He is one sick skier. Right now he is skiing in Japan, where, unlike here in the States, there is so much snow, you can literally ski off snow-laden tree branches like a skiing squirrel. He is there filming with Matchstick for their newest ski film along with Sean Pettit and Riley Leboe.

I can’t possibly post this without giving enormous props to the photographer and writer of the article, the love of my life, Trent Bona. He is there, shooting stills, hanging out, and skiing with these amazing athletes. He is the perfect example of doing what you love, being good at doing what you love, and making a life out of doing what you love.

Get the Girls Out Campaign!

She Jumps! | SheJumps.

While it is true that dudes generally significantly outnumber women in ski towns, it is also true that these ski bum-ettes are coming together more often than ever to show that we really don’t care. There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman, and to see a big group of confident women (in costume of course) taking over ski resorts all over the country, is just powerful! Organizations like She Jumps created by professional skier and beautiful badass, Lynsey Dyer, are helping to bring out not only ski town wonder women, but chicas of all ages and backgrounds to discover the incredible mysteries the great outdoors have to offer.

So ladies, no matter where you are tomorrow, GET OUT…and play in the natural world you were given.

Crested Butte makes Top 25 Ski Towns in the World

Crested Butte makes Top 25 Ski Towns in the World

I mean I knew CB was a pretty amazing place to live, but it is always nice to get affirmation from National Geographic…

Skis and Lipstick

James Brown sang “it’s a man’s world.”

For me, it’s a “dude’s world.”

Living in a ski town while being a woman takes balls. A woman on an average night walks into a bar and meets 6 men to her 1 woman. And while the single ladies get their pick of which fish in the barrel to shoot next, it also makes having a conversation that isn’t about how many days you have skied this season hard to find.

The first thing I did when moving here was getting to know women I could depend on for my estrogen fixes that every woman needs. And once I did weed through the dudes to get to the ladies, I met some of the coolest chicks I know. Women that can hold their own with the men on the slopes, on the trails, and in “bro talk”, while hosting girls’ nights, occasionally trading in chap stick for lipstick, and exuding the confidence it takes to walk into a room full of ski bums and demand respect as one of the few ski “bum-ettes” in town.

So here is to all the ladies who live in, have lived in, want to live in, or who just want to know what a different path of life is like in a town where adventures in nature is top priority, ski boots are worn far more often than heels, and femininity isn’t lost while keeping up with the boys.

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