How did you get into snowmobiling?
I was racing ski-cross and my room-mates convinced me to enter a few Big Mountain comps when I had free time, I really enjoyed it and was doing quite well. To progress in Big Mountain skiing, getting a snowmobile to access gnarlier lines is the natural progression around here in Whistler. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities. So I saved up my pennies for 3 years and bought a 2nd hand machine, but nobody wanted to take a newbie out, let alone a girl, so my first year consisted of doubling friends up FSR ( Forestry Service Roads) that I had looked up on Topographic maps and spending a lot of time digging, and doing things the “wrong way”. If you love it, you will stick with it no matter how much the brutal learning curve sucks.
What are your current plans for this winter?
This winter I filmed for Shades of Winter 2, which is a follow up to Sandra Lahnsteiners movie from last year. This year it is being co-produced and distributed by Red Bull Media House - which is pretty darn exciting! I had 3 days out here filming with Momme Halbe, formerly of Sherpas Cinema. It was my first time filming with a Red Epic, and we got some pretty amazing footage. I can't wait for it to come out! I also filmed for Pretty Faces, which will be on itunes and Netflix October 1st, and have a large snowmobile segment in that movie as well. It's a big year for women in winter sports, that's for sure! I'm pretty stoked and humbled to be a part of it.
What do you do the rest of the year when it isn't snowing?
I attend Simon Fraser University May through December where I am over halfway to completing my undergraduate degree in Health Science, going Pre-Med. I like to keep busy, and love a challenge. Jumping off cliffs seems like a joke after Organic Chemistry, let me tell you! I also enjoy working out, years of racing die hard and now I either Crossfit or hog the squat rack at my university gym in the off season combined with Downhill Biking, hiking and swimming to stay fit for winter. I dabble a little bit in photography and journalism too, I've had my images run in over 20 magazines and publications worldwide, including RedBull.com, ESPN.com. I am also a part of a Nation-wide speaker series talking to High School youth about overcoming obstacles, challenges and dealing with failure. Last fall I spoke to 12 highschools in 5 days, it was pretty darn amazing. Like I said, I like to keep busy.