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Local CB Athlete Going to X-Games

Local CB Athlete Going to X-Games

I know he is not a woman, but I have to give a big congratulations to Crested Butte native, Aaron Blunck! Blunck is a local athlete who has been expected to do big things on snow for quite some time now. Friday he took 2nd place at the Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, CO, landing him a spot in this year’s X-Games. This also earned him points toward qualifying for the US Olympic team in Sochi 2014.

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“She Jumps” Beauties, Skis and Guns

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?

Alison Gannett: Badass Beauty on Planks and Wheels

Photo by Sarah Mah Rarick

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.

When did you start skiing and when did you decide to go pro in the sport?
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.
When you were/are unsure of a situation on skis or on a mountain bike, how do you get through it?
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.
What made you want to start Rippin Chix, and what is you favorite part of teaching a clinic?
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”.
As a respected female bad-ass, have you ever felt that being a woman has created more obstacles for you in your career advances?
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.
How did skiing affect your outlook on environmental issues?
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.
What led to your decision to buy a farm, and what is your favorite part of running it?
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!
and just for fun,
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
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!

USA Olympic Women: Making CO Proud

It has been a hard year so far for Colorado.

The lack of snow this winter meant a hard economy with tourists opting out of ski vacations with no snow. The lack of snow also created a weak foundation in the backcountry causing 7 total avalanche deaths in the state. The lack of moisture created a dry climate with a record heat wave throughout the state, causing rampant wildfires destroying over 165,000 acres of land and over 700 homes. Aside from Mother Nature’s power, human evil took on a new face when a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater at the premier of “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, CO, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

I made Colorado my new home because of its beauty, its bountiful wilderness that I could explore, its majestic mountains that I could ski down and climb up, its endless physical challenges in my active life, its progressive view (in many areas of the state) on human quality of life. When I arrived, I knew it was where I belonged. And every problem we face as a state, affects me personally. However so does every light that comes from it.

You may have heard that the Olympics are going on right now in London. As a fan of people excelling in an active lifestyle, especially women, I am so proud of those that are representing our state and our country in what they do best.

Missy Franklin, a 17 year old high school student from Aurora, CO, recently won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke. Just minutes after swimming in the semis for the 200-meter backstroke, she was able to warm down at the diving pool, then head straight into the race. Shaken after hearing about the tragic shootings in her hometown, she managed to push emotions aside and concentrate on her time in the water.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Emma Coburn, I’m proud to say is a Crested Butte native. Growing up as an active skibumette, she once was a downhill ski racer before she moved to dry land. Now a student and queen of the track at University of Colorado, the lovely Coburn made her home state proud by winning the Olympic trial’s Steeplechase. She will be running the 3,000-meter Steeplechase preliminaries on August 4, making her Olympic debut.

Women’s Gymnastics

And maybe they aren’t from Colorado, but these beautiful badass flying women that make up the US Women’s Gymnastics team were simply too extraordinary to watch not to post. Making their country and women everywhere proud, these women teamed up to win the gold for the first time in 16 years. They each got stronger over each event as they nailed the mats with confidence and power. Showing that women can both be feminine and strong, these gorgeous ladies are making history.

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