I wouldn’t say I am a shy person. I do choose moments to speak publicly wisely though. I usually think my thoughts through and know what I am getting into before talking to a large group of strangers. Exactly a week ago on opening day here at Crested Butte, I had to throw every reservation in my head out the window and just go for it. KBUT, our local radio station handed me the mike and I looked down at the lift lines that were busting at the seams with people and told them all about what makes me tick these days. SheJumps! Luckily I had the support of some amazing ladies around me who were representing awesome women doing awesome things together. Dressed in our best, hot pink pants that came up to the boobs, blond disco afros, giant fur coats, TUTUS, ladies joined me at the tent CBMR graciously set up for us and introduced SheJumps to Gunnison Valley.
Check out the write up of Opening Day on SheJumps!
Check out me as a featured “jumper” on SheJumps!
A few ladies from elsewhere in Colorado, who have actual credentials with SJ, board member and regional directors, Liz, Mel, and El, came down for the day and gave me a ton of support for my first event. It was great to have their input with everything, and to talk to women who were passionate about other women getting out there. Their enthusiasm for SJ was contagious, and the excitement of what we, as women, can do this winter through such a strong organization was inspiring.
I love my little ski town. There are so many awesome women in this valley who dominate at whatever they do, and I would love to combine our passions and bring the ladies together. It’s going to be an exciting season here in CB!
Maybe I’ve just been watching too many ski movies this off-season, but seeing a video with multiple sports using different mediums is so refreshing. From snow to air to water to trees, these awesome athletes are kicking ass and making it look like we should all be there with them. What especially impressed me with the video though, is that one of the two skiers is a female. Julia Mancuso, a World Cup ski racer and Olympic medalist, takes on the big mountain and rips! I think women in advertising, even this century have too often been strictly selling sex, appearance or cleaning products. So it awesome to see GoPro representing female athletes and giving them just as much camera time as their male equivalents. Not to mention, it is always fun to see a ski racer take on powder. Not discrediting the incredible free diving mermaids, but as opening day here in Crested Butte approaches, I can’t get enough of women ripping on snow.
“This is mountain biking! It’s not chemistry class!”
Ladies, if you are in the Seattle area this Thursday evening, stop by Saint Andrews Bar & Grill at 6 pm to see the world premiere of If She Can Do It. Or if you are anywhere else in the world, watch it on Pink Bike at 6pm PT.
The documentary, shot by film maker Mark Brent, known for Awesome Land, was filmed at Sugar Showdown this past July at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, WA. The event was hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines, a service dedicated to the coaching, training and empowering of women through mountain bike courses and events. The event itself was a women-specific two-day clinic and competition focusing on providing a supportive environment while bringing women’s freeriding to the forefront.
Watch women from across the country come together to push their fears aside and to learn what it is like to crush it on a mountain bike. It is inspirational to see women just like yourself take it to the next level, doing things on a bike they never thought they would do. It is one thing to follow your man on the trail and write off not doing the tricks he does “because he’s a guy” and it is something totally different to be surrounded by women and think, “well, if she can do it…” Next thing you know, you are flying off that drop-off and landing it better than any dude.
Interested in events and classes through Sweetlines? Continue to check their website for updates and to read all about Miss Badass herself, Kat Sweet.
Who: Hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and Mark Brent of Awesomeland
What: If She Can Do It documentary film premier
Where: Saint Andrews Bar and Grill, 7406 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA and online at www.pinkbike.com
When: Film at 6:00 p.m., PT on Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Saint Andrews Bar festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.)
The West Elk Project is a media website that covers everything in the sports and arts scenes going on in and around the West Elks of Colorado. It gives Gunnison Valley, where my stomping grounds of Mt. Crested Butte is located a voice. The West Elk project showcases local talent and products as well as keeping you updated on what is going on in the world-wide ski community. As the only female contributor for them, I hope to be able to bring a woman’s perspective to the table. I hope to showcase the amazing and talented women in our beautiful valley. Check us out and see what is happening in a very real ski town community. A place many refer to as Never Land because no one really stops being a kid here, you know, except for the whole trying to make a living part.
“Believe in the power of girls…”
croons Emily Haines, lead singer for the group Metric, whose beautiful voice becomes the background noise for yet another awesome, inspiring short-film by Lynsey Dyer.
SheJumps.org,founded by Lynsey Dyer herself, is a powerful non-profit organization that brings women across the country together to share experiences through activities in nature. Those behind this all-female project encourages women to take the “jump” that will bring each of us to our next level of our potential in whatever it is we want. SheJumps challenges women to take their dreams and make them a reality. It allows women to talk things through in online forums and organizes a way for women to connect with each other and plan events in towns close to them.
Watch as these fearless ladies send cliffs, jump into the air with nothing but a wing suit on, rip sick lines down a massive mountain, and train all year long for everything they love to do. Pretty Faces shows so many angles in which women are so powerful in what is simply not a dude’s world of extreme sports anymore.
The name Lindsey Vonn to any woman in the world-wide ski community means strength, determination and badass super woman. She has won four overall World Cup championships as of this year, not to mention a gold medal in the 2010 winter olympics in Vancouver. As far as World Cup victories, she is only nine short of breaking Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62 victories.
And now, Ms. Vonn would like a chance to race against the best male ski racers in the world at the World Cup season’s opener in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has written a letter to the International Ski Federation (FIS) asking permission to break new ground by skiing in the November 24 downhill race. Now the United States Ski & Snowboard Association must file a formal request to the FIS. There are a few hurdles to consider as well. If the request is accepted, Vonn will miss the opportunity to pick up points at the competition in Aspen that same weekend. The women’s first speed races of the season are being held at Lake Louise the week after the men’s races, which could be in violation of the World Cup rule Article 14.2: ‘No training shall be allowed on World Cup racecourses during the last five days prior to first training run or competition.’ According to the New York Times, Vonn has said she would be willing to forgo two of the practice runs before the women’s race. She also said she would not race in the men’s downhill, if she is prohibited from racing in the women’s as well.
I want to know what you think. Is she taking away from or adding to the image of women’s ski racing? And what are your next steps to push yourself to your personal next level? Follow Lindsey on Twitter @lindseyvonn for updates on whether or not she gets to race with the boys this November.
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/43038579″>The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/focusf”>Focus Forward Films</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Whether or not to pass a law requiring cyclists to wear bike helmets is a hot topic around the world. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, 91% of cyclists involved in fatal bicycle crashes in the US in 2009 were not wearing a helmet. It also states that not wearing a helmet increases one’s risk of head injury by at least 85%. And yet every year people are injured in bike accidents because they chose not to take this preventative measure. But why?
At least one reason (albeit a vain one) we could all agree on is helmet hair just doesn’t look good on anyone. And when you are riding from home to the office, a hat doesn’t always work. Not to mention how silly bike helmets look while riding across town. If only there was a way to look good while being safe on wheels.
“Cars are so yesterday. Bikes are the future.”
– Terese Alstin
Two Swedish designers, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, spent seven years on the impossible: an invisible bike helmet, the hövding. They teamed up with a head trauma specialist, studied movement patterns of bike crashes and normal riding, and raised 10 million dollars in venture capital to get this revolutionary tool underway. The helmet is actually an airbag, designed with different hairstyles, head gear, and head shapes in mind. It is stored in a collar with a removable outer shell so you can trade out designs based on what you are wearing. The collar includes sensors, which detect the difference in “normal”riding behavior and “accident” behavior. When it senses the rider is in an accident, it will send a signal to the gas inflator in the back of the collar. The gas inflator, which uses helium, will then inflate the helmet around the rider’s head to protect them as a normal “visible” helmet would.
Thought to be impossible not only because it was a new inconceivable idea, but also because the creators and managers of the operation were women, Anna and Terese were determined to prove critics wrong. Regardless of their gender, regardless of their “place” as a woman according to others, regardless of the impossible, these women created a stylish tool of the future. “It is chicken to be a realist.” I couldn’t agree more.
It is full-on fall here in Crested Butte, my favorite season. It is the time of year to sharpen the chainsaw and build the wood piles just right. It is a time for baking with pumpkin, drinking hard cider, and prematurely wearing down jackets. The weather is perfect for those last few mountain bike rides before trading it in for different toys. But more than anything, it is a time to watch every video possible about skiing. We are getting excited about skiing pow even before the first dusting, so what better way to anticipate a perfect ski season than watching some rad ladies rip in beautiful Alaska?
Who says men have to be a part of a perfect weekend filled with sick lines, sleds, and guns?
Depending upon who you talk to, the name Alison Gannett can mean a lot of things. To a ski-bumette, she is a rad skier who holds her own as a professional world-champion big mountain free skier; to us green babes, she is an innovator in the eco-friendly way of life who actually “walks the talk;” to a bike chick, she is a kick ass mountain biker who manages to take her skills on the snow to the trails; and to a novice at almost any extreme sport, namely, skiing, mountain biking, or surfing, she is an amazing teacher who knows exactly how to ease women into their next personal level of fitness.
During this summer’s Bike Week, here in Crested Butte, I was lucky enough to be able to take one of her skills courses. A small group of women came together, most of us beginner bikers who were scared to go to that next scary and thrilling level. With the help of Alison’s excellent teaching strategies, we were all cruising over obstacles that had always been daunting on the trails. So, thank you, Alison, for the power you provided each of us in the saddle.
Ms Gannett was gracious enough to answer a few questions ranging from her skiing career, being a ski-bumette, her local Paonia farm, and why she loves our valley.
I was full bore into my environmental career when a Warren Miller film crew saw me free skiing in Crested Butte and asked me to be in their movie. They talked me into competing, which was a tough but rewarding route into my new career as a professional skier. I was a teased traumatized chubby dorky math geek, always sucked at conventional sports, even kickball.
I now try to put aside the little voice in my head that tells me I can’t do something, think of some situation similar that went really well, and then talk myself into the fact that I am a strong powerful person that can do this, and then I try to stop overthinking and just go.
I started Rippin Chix in 2002 because I realized that sports had given me incredible confidence that spilled over into my everyday challenges in life. I also realized that not many programs were teaching women in baby steps, women were being turned off from sports forever because some guy’s only advice was “just go for it”.
Being a woman has been a bit tough, as my sports are very “dude” centric, with T and A for gals being more important than talent. I wanted to prove that gals could ski crazy lines and jump big cliffs. Sometimes it has paid off being a woman with perseverance, as some ski companies would hire me to do women’s designs as they only had men in the office.
My favorite thing about skiing was not the championship titles or starring in ski films, it was creating my own women’s only ski expeditions to wild countries and places that had never been skied. Since I wanted to marry my career as an environmental scientist, I would photo document glacial recession. For my Global Cooling Tour, the most powerful part for most people is seeing that lines I skied just ten years ago are now gone.
I have been trying to walk the talk for over ten years now, especially after working with some people like Al Gore, who inspired me to not do what he was doing. I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint and see what worked and what did not – firstly starting with travel, then house, vehicle, and ultimately the biggest elephant in the living room – FOOD. My favorite part is bringing weeds to the pigs, and my least favorite part is letting the chickens out at 5:30am. The cool part of this giant experiment, is that we have halved our carbon footprint with keeping an outdoor sport lifestyle!
My favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley is all our trails and public lands! We often take for granted what many people don’t have!