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Meet Coalition Snow Ambassador Molly Rae

Meet Coalition Snow Ambassador Molly Rae

In the small New England community of women shredders is Molly Rae - a snowboarder, who at 23 found the mountains empowering not just for herself, but for any group of marginalized humans. She’s found that connecting with other women in the outside world has only added to her experiences and her love of different outdoor activities.

 

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Girl Power in the Freestyle Scene

While you might not know her name yet, Canadian Mia Rojas is a young up-and-comer in the Canadian freestyle scene at only thirteen. When she’s not in school, Mia is competing all over the British Columbia and Alberta Provinces in both slopestyle and halfpipe. In Junior Nationals she ranked 9th overall from girls aged 12-18, received second for halfpipe and then 8th overall. Surrounded by a supportive girl community, the freeskiing ladies at WinSport have become her second family. 

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Tele-Madi Tells-All About Tele-Skiing

Tele-Madi Tells-All About Tele-Skiing

There must be something in that Bozeman water that attracts only the most radical of skiers to its mountains. Madi Mckinstry is no expectation. The tele skier grew up with the Ruby Mountains as her backyard and a tele setup on her feet. For school she moved to Montana and hasn’t looked back since. Find Madi ski patrolling at Big Sky in the winter and guiding down the rivers in West Glacier during the summer. (Not to mention, writing for Telemark Ski Magazine, instructing yoga and being a full-time dog mom.) 

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Balancing Medical School and Mountain Time

Balancing Medical School and Mountain Time

The busy schedule of a full-time medical student doesn’t stop Maddy from getting out in the mountains. The skier is a total encompass of the phase: work hard, play hard. On top of university studies and skiing, she is able to find time to also work at Wasatch Adaptive Sports. Based in Salt Lake City with the Wasatch Range as her backyard, Maddy’s been able to kindle her passion for skiing and other outdoor activities through the encouragement of other women.

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Escaping from the Office to the Outdoors

Escaping from the Office to the Outdoors

The forecast last season at Mammoth Mountain has been snow, snow, and more snow. Luckily for Lexie Gritefeld, that means there’s been no shortage of powder this past season to throw on her skis and get after in the mountains. While the Southern California local grew up snowboarding at Mammoth, this season she finally made the move to become a full-time skier and resident of the town after taking a step back from a time-consuming political job. She now combines her new career path with her passion for the outdoors to make changes in California policies for outdoor recreation access. 

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Painting Lines Down a Mountain and on a Canvas

Painting Lines Down a Mountain and on a Canvas

Deep in the Cascade Mountains lies a hidden treehouse where a winter enthusiastic lives with her newly adopted pup. A dream-life scenario for many, but it just so happens to be a reality for Kiana Busey. The Stevens Pass local began skiing at the young age of three, but picked up a snowboard at nine and never turned back. Last season she began competing in the banked slalom and found out (after winning most of the events) she was pretty good at it. 

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Raising the Next Generation of Baddasses

Raising the Next Generation of Baddasses

Katelynn Wagner is from a small ski town different than what you’d expect. She grew in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina skiing and riding at a small area called Sugar Mountain Resort which is open for long as it’s cold enough to make snow. During sophomore year of high school she became a Sugar Mountain instructor and continued it part-time until moving to New York. Currently, Katelynn is raising her daughter and the next generation of girls to shred the patriarchy as well.

 

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The Lady Behind Women of Patrol

When Kari Brandt stepped into the role of a ski patroller at Snow Valley, she knew it was the career path for her. However, the lack of other women in her field was thoroughly noticeable so she set out to be the change she wanted to see. Throughout the past seven years, Kari has made it her personal mission to shatter the glass ceiling in order to create a more inclusive and friendly patrol environment for other women to join her.

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Beyond the Backcountry

Beyond the Backcountry

It’s no secret that Jillian Raymond is one of the coolest moms in Lake Tahoe. If she’s not skiing around with a one-year-old in a backpack, then you’ll catch her as one of the voices behind the feminist-fueled Juicy Bits Podcast. With the Sierra Nevadas as her backyard, Jillian has had no shortage of backcountry adventures while also advocating for the land’s protection and conservation. Read more about her involvement with Coalition Snow, Juicy Bits and skiing on all seven continents here.    

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Chasing Winter in both Hemispheres

Chasing Winter in both Hemispheres

Skiing was truly love at first sight for Jamie Gilchrist. The kiwi first began skiing at Mt Hutt Ski Field in New Zealand at the age of sixteen and immediately fell in love with it. The instructors at Mt Hutt would often speak about the legendary powder in North America, which piqued her interest in chasing winter. After passing her Level 1 instructor course (Currently a Level 2) she quickly jumped over the Pacific Ocean to North America where she has now spent season after the season working abroad in Grouse Mountain. Despite not being home in twenty months, the stoke is worth the sacrifice for the love of skiing.

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