It was so cool to be a part of the New Mexico True campaign in Taos this February with Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer, Elyse Saugstad, Ben Knight, Sven Brunso, Justin Bobb, and the rest of our crew: Gillian, Chris, Nick, and Ethan. Not only did all the conditions align for amazing powder skiing in Taos, but for me personally, it was a monumental experience of being “called upon” to represent the place where I come from. As a current transplant to Utah, I feel a bit detached sometimes from New Mexico. Like I’ve given up on it because it “doesn’t snow enough.” Well, our winter in Utah has been dismal and the best snow I skied all year was in Taos–something that is not entirely rare. I guess what it all boils down to is that New Mexico is a special place, and anytime you are lucky enough to be there, you are lucky enough. Here are some photos from the shoot.
Day one: But first, let me take a selfie! Fresh goggles and helmet from Giro. Thanks Danielle for hooking it up! I love the polka dot goggles and that pink helmet–well, you just can’t make this #$#% up.
There’s Nick in the camo. What? You can’t see him? He’s there, just in camo. Nick was our drone operator. Check out the awesome FishPond boat bag he’s using–did you know that LilyPond (their sister-company) donates 5% annually to SheJumps? I knew I loved these guys!
We got to do a lot of this: skiing closed areas. Why? Because we were the damn luckiest people in the world and we had the amazing Justin Bobb to guide us around. Here are next year’s HOJI W skis from 4Frnt. Thank you 4Frnt for letting me test the product! An amazing ski that absolutely shreds in any condition, and gets on edge surprisingly well.
Our filmer, Ben Knight, getting the shot. Well, me getting the shot of Ben—who just got the shot. Does that make any sense? Check out Ben’s amazing documentary released in 2014, DamNation. Available on Netflix. How amazing to get to meet him! See the film and you’ll understand why. Thanks Ben!
Sven Bruson. The man. The myth. The legend. If you are still killing it as hard as Sven is when you’re in your 40’s, you must be doing something right. The guy has been perfecting pow turns for years. Here he is just on his exit from the White Room.
Grayson Schaffer, “dyanamic-larger-than-life-cooler-than-you” human-at-large. Or is it, “Senior Editor at Outside Magazine.” Can’t remember. Anyways, he is an amazing skier. I kept wondering why we weren’t filming him? He’s called New Mexico home for over a decade and knows the mountains well. What a privilege to ski with him!
Ahh, yes. And there’s me–the pink-headed @freelance_girafficorn experiencing the wave…
There is an experience of â€śnothingâ€ť when skiing powder. But the idea of nothingness in our culture is frightening, and we have no words for it. However, in Chinese Taosit thought, itâ€™s called â€śthe fullness of the voidâ€ť out of which all things come. My experiences with powder snow gave me the first glimmerings of the further possibilities of mind.Â â€” Dolores LaChapelle
Huge thanks to Jonathan Ellsworth of Blister Gear Review for helping us around the mountain and getting us to the goods. He is a visionary and wonderful person! Thanks Jonathan!
This is from our last run of the trip. Everyone said it looked like Japan. I’ll just have to take their word for it. Elyse is such a beautiful skier–I learned so much from being around her. She is also funny, smart, strong, focused, passionate—seriously, one of my favorite Â skiers of all time. I met her in Taos in 2007–how great to be back hanging out with her.
One can never be bored by powder skiing because it is a special gift of the relationship between earth and sky. It only comes in sufficient amounts in particular places, at certain times on this earth; it lasts only a limited amount of time before sun or wind changes it. People devote their lives to it for the pleasure of being so purely played by gravity and snow.Â â€” Dolores LaChapelle, Earth Wisdom, 1978
I am so stoked with how this turned out! What an amazing experience!! I am so honored to be a New Mexican and be a part of this!
Last week I was invited to film for a New Mexico Tourism campaign called “New Mexico True.” The shoot was at Taos Ski Valley. It was more than a dream come true–it was heaven on earth! Not only did it snow over 2 feet while we were there, but I was skiing with Elyse Saugstad who is one of my personal ski heroines. Also, Sven Brunso, who has been killing it as a skier for decades. The shot was coordinated with TalwĂ© media and Ryan Heffernan was the Director. I feel so honored to have been chosen to represent New Mexico. I guess every now and then the casting call is for a “5th generation female New Mexican skier” and I get the call! Here is a shot from our first day filming (photo by Ryan Heffernan).
I am extremely proud of how far a lot of things with SheJumps have progressed, but nothing gives me more cause to continue than our youth initiatives. There is something incredible about knowing you are sharing the single most special feeling in the world–sliding on snow–with someone new, and someone who might not have had that experience otherwise.
To make an impact on a UtahÂ teen’s life, please click here:Â http://bit.ly/1EmtslX
We are celebrating year number 7 this year for our Utah (Intermountain region) Youth Initiative at Alta called “(S)heJumps Into the Canyon”! Thank you to our gracious host Alta Ski Area for donating so much to make this happen annually. This year we need YOU to volunteer and share your love for the mountains. Impact a teen’s life by helping them learn how fun it is to slide on snow! Thank you also to the Deep Powder House for their rental donations–we cannot do this without you!
When: March 7, 14, 21, 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*
What: Teaching local SLC Boys & Girls club teens how to ski at Alta
Lunch is included.
Why: It is incredibly rewarding to see someone fall in love with the mountains. Each time you volunteer you are automatically entered to win prizes from our volunteer-only raffle. You can enter as many times as you can volunteer!
Volunteer all 4 Saturdays and you get a free day pass to Alta for use whenever you want!
Thursday February 19th we are hosting a volunteer orientation at the house of SheJumps co-founder Vanessa Pierce (2249 E 2700 S) at 7 p.m.
To volunteer, please click this link:Â http://bit.ly/1EmtslX
*We also have lots of off-snow and off-site volunteer opportunities to make this event happen like dryland training at the Boys & Girls club, gear distribution, and logistics. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information! Email SheJumps Ambassador Marissa Schulruff firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also accepting lightly used outerwear in L, XL, and XXL sizes. You can drop this off at Skier Services at Alta or contact us for drop off information.
Did you know that it costs $50 a day to get these kids to the mountain? If you can’t volunteer your time, consider making a donation to SheJumps to help these programs continue. Thank you for your support!
Maui was super awesome. Who would have thought? Went on an epic family vacation that was 4 years in the planning. The trip included surfing, snorkeling, a plethora of sea turtles, and no shortage of sandy beaches. My favorite part of the trip? The fact that in Hawaii, no matter where you are or what you are doing, you stop and watch….the sunset. No. Matter. What. I think it would be a good idea to get in the habit of that no matter where you live.
Check out this sweet video about the Alpine Finishing School by Sierra Anderson (FoxCapeProductions.com) –an all-women’s ski mountaineering course taught on a glacier every April. I am so stoked I get to be a part of this–this year will be year 4!!
If you have never seen this before, now is the time!
Here is the clip:Â http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11674172
Here is the link:Â http://espn.go.com/espnw/w-in-action/article/11676267/toyota-everyday-heroes-talk-drives-them
About 6 months ago, I was contacted by Tatum Marshall of Stanton & Co. to do a brief interview about SheJumps. I asked her what the interview was for, and she said it was “market research for one of their clients.” I guess I must have done a decent job! About 2 weeks ago, Lynsey informed me that SheJumps had been chosen as one of the 2014 Toyota Everyday Heroes. I suppose they were drawn to our programming, but Lynsey’s new film, of which I am also a producer (“Pretty Faces: the story of a skier girl”), is also an amazing cornerstone for both of us–so it was truly a team effort, and we accepted the award on stage together.
What does it mean to be an Everyday Hero? I suppose it means that the clichĂ© of “hard work always pays off” is true. It means that you can be driven by principle, determination, stubborn habits, and a love for the outdoors until it pays off. I think what feels the best about it how many people aren’t just saying “Congratulations!,” but they are saying, “It’s about time!” I didn’t really understand the breadth and depth of the impact SheJumps was making, but it is sparking some serious “big-picture” thinking—and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Onwards & upwards to 2 weeks on the road: Missoula, Jackson, Portland, and San Francisco tour stops!!
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Pretty Faces movie in Salt Lake City on October 8th, 2014! You can buy them at slcprettyfaces.eventbrite.com