During my sophomore year of college my co-worker invited me to go skiing with her. Before her invitation I had skied twice, once as a kid and once in high school. Both times loved the experience, but making a trip up to the mountains was too much of a financial burden for my parents. So when my co-worker suggested going up to the local mountains I was beyond ecstatic. I was dying to relearn the sport but was always too self-conscious to go up alone. Finally, I had someone to go with. Then the night before our ski trip my ski partner tore her ACL. Determined and terrified, I drove myself up the resort and signed up for a lesson. That day I relearned how to make some pretty sweet pizza turns and began a long love affair with the sport. I remember driving away, body sore from tumbling down the blue runs, and head spinning. As I passed through the resort entrance I told myself I’d be back and spend a season in the mountains.
Consequently, the following year I took a gap year from school and somehow convinced a resort that I was capable of teaching children ski even though I could barely link my wedge turns. Regardless, I got the job and had a place to live in Truckee, California’s premiere ski town. Promise fulfilled!
Since that first winter I worked three more winters in Truckee, eventually linking those parallel turns. I started to boldly pursue a lifelong passion, photography, so much so that I always kept my camera in tow and begged my friends to let me photograph them around the mountain. Becoming fond of the seasonal lifestyle, I took a giant leap outside my comfort zone and moved to Jackson Wyoming. That little town in the mountains left such an impression on me that I returned this past summer and lived out of a Teepee in Grand Teton National Park.
Amidst all of this I also went back to school. Currently I am a senior at Seattle Pacific University studying Visual Communication. The program encompasses design, photography, videography, and art, all of which I hope to use to pursue a career in the outdoor media industry. My skills were put to the test this summer when I had the opportunity to be one of Teton Gravity Research’s design interns. The internship was my first real introduction into adventure sports media and I was hooked. I loved using my design skills to get others excited about skiing and other high intensity action sports.
One of the most rewarding experiences of that internship was meeting a multitude of incredible women. Now as I’m prepping my portfolio for graduation, I design and create with the focus on the celebration and equal inclusion of women in the outdoors. Which is why I am so stoked to be part of the No Man’s Land Film Festival ambassador team. I’m excited to see what my fellow ambassadors will do and what great stories will be told.
When I’m not at school I still teach little guys how to shred down the mountain (by shredding I mean some intense pizzas), rock climb with my school’s rock climbing team, or mountain bike whenever I can get ahold of a bike. While I miss my little teepee in the woods every day, I enjoy living and exploring in the beautiful pacific northwest.