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Big Lines, Badass Women: Nat Segal

This week has been a good week for amazing ski edits, and once again I am excited about the skiing that another friend of mine has put out here for the world to see. Nat Segal is bubbly and excited about every second that she spends on her skis. She hails from Australia but travels around the world and before she blew her ACL last year, was crushing skulls on the Freeride World Tour in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand. I am stoked to see what she has in store for us this year. I remember the first competition run I ever saw from Nat, and I thought, shit, she is totally going to kick my ass. She has the creativity and passion which are the most important ingredients in a good skier. She also dosen't mind standing around in the cold, although she is sponsored by Astis Mittens, so her hands will be warm until hell freezes over. She is someone to keep an eye out for as she shreds around the globe.



Revelstoke FWT Run

So, This may not be the best run I ever had, but it was a big line. It is fun to watch even though I was taking my time and trying not to crash in the punchy snow.


Jim Norm Jack, The Mayor and King of Freeskiing

It is a sad day when we loose someone so wonderful. Jim Norm Jack, head judge of the Freeskiing World Tour was killed in an avalanche at Steven’s Pass on February 17th, 2012. He was an inspiration to all skiers who participated in freeskiing, and was as close to an institution as one can get in a relatively young sport. I am not sure what I am going to do without his speech at the beginning of every event that I go to. He was the voice of reason and comfort in an extreme and crazy world that we athletes live in, and he was passionate about progressing freeskiing to the level he knew it deserved in the public’s eye. I hope that we don’t forget him, but I also hope that we don’t forget all of the hard work that he put it to create a foundation for a lasting skiing event that could challenge the likes of downhill, slalom, GS, and Super G in popularity and recognition. He wanted athletes to be well rounded and playful, but he also emphasized being smart and taking calculated risk. I will always remember this. Most importantly of all, he wanted us to have fun. Skiing is a recreation and I hope that I will have as much fun with it as Jim Jack did in his lifetime. May we all have that much fun…


Canadian Freeskiing Championships Video Edit

At long last I have put together a brief edit from the Canadian Freeskiing Championships in Revelstoke, British Columbia. I lost part of my footage so it is a little short, but not too bad. After making my way through the first day of competition, I got to ride in a helicopter to the top of "Mac Daddy" Face and skied my way into 4th place overall. Good Times. I hope I get to do it again next year!


Being a "Pro Skier"

You might ask why a pro skier would bother going to grad school. Well the answer is that despite the prestigious title, I do not actually make a living on the slopes. I have won a grand total of $2000 over the course of the three seasons that I have been competing. This realistically has only covered the last two years worth of entry fees. In addition to paying entry fees for the events even though I am prequalified, I still have to pay for plane tickets to Colorado, Canada, and California from the east coast in addition to lodging and lift tickets. Yes, our tour organizers, Mountain Sports International and the Freeskiing World Tour cannot give us lift tickets because ski resorts do not give anything away, even to the people that help build their reputation. All told it is a huge amount of money that we are expected to pay to be able to call ourselves “Professional skiers.” Don’t get me wrong; I am not complaining about traveling around the world and getting helicoptered to the tops of mountains, I just wish that some kind person or company would step in and help a little bit. There are tour sponsors such as North Face, Subaru and Swatch, but I have not gotten any gear from North Face, or a car from Subaru. I did get a nice watch from Swatch, but it was a men’s watch so I gave it to my fiancé. The moral of this story is that despite the glory of Big Mountain Skiing, the reality is that it is not a sustainable lifestyle for most of us athletes. That is why I am studying Land Management Planning so that I can learn how to help communities build and maintain trail systems. Until then, I might have to sell my car and buy a horse so that I can afford to keep skiing. Ahh, the life…