One Of Us -All Girls Freeride Project
I hope all the Ski Club members have enjoyed their Christmas breaks! I wanted to share with you my last blog of the year and announce something I am absolutely stoked about.
This project has been on going for nearly a year now. Last year when I decided I wanted to make a freeride movie about females and all the empowering concepts of backcountry riding, it was such a long time coming to get started. Sadly last year, I know I keep saying it, but my god the weather was terrible at the start of season, so sadly I got nothing done. Literally I mean about 4 pictures. This season I wanted to put all my energy and resources into making this project happen. (I worked like a dog this summer like many seasonnaires do, summers are for dreaming and working for the ski season!) My aim in freeriding is to inspire young girls to get involved with the sport. To capture their imagination and realise that there is a sense of freedom and deep happiness to be found where the piste barrier ends and the last semblance of “Wild” begins.
So, I was over the moon when I found Alex Wilson from @Spendalifetime was able to help me with this project. In fact, he isn’t just helping, he has already proved to be an integral part of the project. Alex has so many ideas and has been really committed. Other than coming up with the name of the film, which was me, I am just the creative type fumbling round and Alex is the guy who is making all the ideas come together. Check out Alex on his surf project this summer here. This last project of his was the official music video of an amazing band called “Hanging Valleys” and we are so very lucky to have their incredibly chilled and earthy sounds to accompany this project. I have to pinch myself when I remember how many talented people will be helping me out!
Speaking of the name. . . . while Alex and I were up at Plateau Rosa after filming on the Glacier and around Breithorn, I looked down at my super fancy pancy mittens. I mean, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t have cats on their mittens, anywho, the caption on the gloves reads “You’re one of us now” and it seemed so perfect. I want girls to feel like they can be “One of Us” or feel already part of the female freeride community. Whether you are just starting out and playing between the trees or you are killing bigger runs than I can dream to do, the point is that we are together on this one!
Sadly the weather wasn’t epic, no big powder turns and snow to the face shots but we did get plenty of other shots. Mostly giggles with my new favourite freeride pal Annika. I met Annika at the start of season and I am so glad I did. Many of the best people you meet in the freeride community, you kind of stumble on one another and realise your souls are connected in some way – you know that you make a good team and you can trust one another! She is a total babe and I am so excited to have her involved in the project.
We are off to the best start with filming, despite the less than desirable snow conditions. We have a great crew and will be getting some more amazing athletes involved along the way. For now I am stoked to tell you all about where we are at. I hope you are excited to see what else comes out of this project and I will keep you posted!
Until next time,