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Meet Coalition Snow Athlete Ione Gangoiti Perez

Meet Coalition Snow Athlete Ione Gangoiti Perez

In the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains is a small mountain town Formigal where freeskier Ione is from. Growing up she was surrounded by family and friends who are all skiers, so it was only destiny that she too fell in love with the same mountain culture as well. For the past six years you’d most likely find her shredding the gnarliest lines in Whistler or competing in the qualifiers for the Freeride World Tour. This summer, she’s got plans to follow the snow to South America.

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A Fresh Face in Snowboarding

A Fresh Face in Snowboarding
Coalition Snow Ambassador Latasha Dunston grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore without any inkling about snowboarding, let along the outdoors industry. With a Coalition board strapped to her feet she’s now changing the narrative for her community of People of Color (POC) to get in the mountains as well.  Continue reading

Supermom of Snowboarding

Supermom of Snowboarding

“I’m 52 years old and every single job I’ve done has been outside,” Penney Stahl stated. Since starting out as a snowboard instructor in Maryland, Penney has been able to mix her passion for snow sliding, the outdoors and empowering other women to create a meaningful career path. She has been a key player for a women’s snowboard camp called SheRide as well as a youth-at-risk nonprofit called Snowboard Outreach Society. Currently she’s a physiotherapist for family therapy for wilderness program in Durango and works as a ground crew member for the airport. Not to mention, doing it all while raising her own family.

 

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Snow Sliding with Grandma Samomo

Snow Sliding with Grandma Samomo
One of the brains behind media group Elevated Locals is Liz Toft, a snowboarder who is gregariously passionate about getting on the snow and creates women-focused events to get others out there as well. In the off-season you’ll find her working long hours to be able to travel and ride throughout different mountains all winter. Ever since becoming involved with the Sisterhood of Shred community there’s been a welcomed group of lady rippers to ride with. Continue reading

Breaking the Social Norms

Breaking the Social Norms

After a long hiatus from skiing due to university studies, Lauren Distler is back and ready to sway to the rhythm of the mountains again. Luckily, her new home base in Albuquerque offers backyard access to the southwestern mountains for prime skiing, mountain biking and climbing. Armed with a passion for the outdoors she’s ready to break the social norms in what is means to be a woman athlete and engineer. 

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Styling in the Halfpipe

Styling in the Halfpipe

Once upon a time Jeanee Crane-Mauzy was unknowingly entered into a mogul competition by her mom and sister. Luckily for everyone, she ended up loving freestyle competitions which turned into a love for halfpipe. Jeanne was born and raised in New Hampshire to a family full of passionate skiers and started in a race program at a young age. She soon followed her older sister into the freestyle scene which included moguls, slopestyle, ariels and of course - halfpipe. The whole family moved to Park City to encourage their daughters to progress their skiing in freestyle competitions. Now with plenty of podium finishes, stylish tricks and world travels under her belt Jeanne is still pushing herself in the halfpipe to get to the next level. 

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Becoming a Ski Guide

Becoming a Ski Guide
At 5’3 Sofia Forsman still towers against the mountains. Originally from a small town in Sweden, she moved to interior British Columbia a few years ago and came down with a condition commonly referred to as Revelstuck. Her absolute love of skiing has lead her down the career path to becoming a certified ski guide and with her current qualifications, she’s able to tail-guide for cat and ski touring operations. Through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Sofia is making turns to reaching the next stage of her profession: becoming an apprentice ski guide. Continue reading

Following a Deer’s Tracks

Following a Deer’s Tracks

“There’s a disconnect in scientific knowledge and public understanding,” said scientist and skier Samantha Swinell, who’s now made it her mission to change that. With a masters in Zoology, Sam has spent years researching migratory ungulates - which to normal civilians, can be better described as large hoofed mammals. Her most recent project is an all-women’s production film which tracks the migratory pattern of a badass deer that travels through the high mountain alpine environment. Learn more about Sam, the movie and the ideals she shares with Coalition Snow. 

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No Stranger to the Mountains

No Stranger to the Mountains

The mountains are calling and - oh look, Sally Henkel is already getting turns down them. In the winter Sally is most commonly found bypassing resort lines and in the vast mountain ranges of the Montana backcountry. When she’s not skiing down powder, Sally splits her time in Flagstaff where she works remotely for a nonprofit organization that focuses on social justice for women in the tech industry. Outside of work, she’s still passionate about self-educating herself and others to understand their own privilege in the world.

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Cool Mom of Southwest Colorado

Cool Mom of Southwest Colorado
With a three-year-old son Forrest and seven-month-old daughter Abby attached at the hip, you’d think it would be a challenge for Ryan Michelle to find time to get outdoors. Instead, she made it a priority. Without forgoing her passion for the outdoors the cool mom is able to create a balance between her family, passions and work - often intermingling all three. Now, Ryan is encouraging all moms to do the same in her local group of gals as well as through her freelance work. Continue reading
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