I am going to leave this post to mostly photos! Ive had a crazy busy year so far and have had a blast travelling, training, and competing around the world. Started out the season training in Austria, and then went to Finland for a week to train under the lights and it was such a cool experience. The resort we were at Pÿha had lights on the whole mountain as we only got about 4 hours of sunlight a day. After that I went back to Austria for the first europa cup of the year, and it was great to get back to competition after coming back from my injuries. After a few weeks of training in Pitztal we headed to Montafon for the World Cup. I was confident in my riding, and pushed myself on course and was very proud of how I was riding there, but unfortunately took a fall across the finish line on my second time trial and concussed myself again.
I spent christmas at home with family, and then headed to Utah for the Solitude world cup, I didn't get the results overall that I wanted due to tough conditions on finals day. I finished 23rd, but I was stoked to have qualified 16th, and confident in my riding.
This season I took a step back from the World Cup and focused on the Nor Am circuit. I am so happy that I did as it helped me to gain my confidence back racing and to push my riding. Ive had a blast on the tour this year and am so stoked on the level of riding from all the ladies on the Nor Am Circuit. With stops in Tremblant, Craigleith, Sunday River, Cooper, and Big White, I made every big final, and I am currently the Nor Am tour leader which will give me world cup spots for Next Season.
One more race left for me this season in Tremblant for nationals, and I am looking forward to it! Im stoked to have some time at home and to get to ride Fernie with my friends and family!
I haven't updated my blog in a long time and figured it was about time! In the last update I was headed to Austria in October. I had some good days of training in Hintertux, and really thought that my riding was improving. Unfortunately during one of my runs I made a mistake on the track and ended up crashing hard. I don't remember any of that run, and only remember a little bit of being in a helicopter on the way to the hospital. I ended up with a concussion and 4 broken ribs, and spent 4 days in the hospital. Shortly after that I headed back to Canada to recover. I left feeling very discouraged but determined to work hard to come back strong for the ret of the season. I spent a lot of time in physio, and after a lot of work was able to get back on snow Mid December.
I went home for the holidays and had an awesome time riding in Fernie with friends and family and the snow was great! In January I headed back to Whistler for a few days before heading to Big White for a short training camp. It felt good to be back on a race board and back on track. Mid January we headed to Switzerland for some training before heading to Germany for a World Cup. I had some good days of training, and it was fun to get back for my first race of the season, and second World Cup ever. The course was a sprint race and only took just over 30 seconds to ride. On the Qualification day my first run did not qualify me through to heats, and I was determined to push myself on my second run. On my second run I had a lot more speed out of the start than I had all week, and ended up falling over the first jump. I don't remember much of crashing, but I do remember knowing mid air that I had made a mistake. In the end that mistake ended up resulting in a fractured pelvis.
I am now back in Whistler and working on a lot of rehab, and am feeling a lot better. I am able to walk without crutches for longer and longer, and I am happy to be back in the gym and focusing on recovering and getting strong for next season. I am hoping to get on snow again in Whistler before the end of the season!
This season has been very challenging both mentally and physically for me, but it has been a big learning experience. It is very frustrating and discouraging to have crashed twice in one season, and to have to sit at home while I could be away traveling and competing. I had also felt discouraged that all of the hard work that I had put in in the summer went unnoticed, and that people still didn't think I was strong enough even though in the fall I was probably the strongest I had ever been, but I am learning to focus that negative energy on getting even stronger for next season. I have learned where my limits are and when it is okay to push them and also when I need to step back and take the time to recover. If it had been up to me I would have been back snowboarding right away after the first time that I cashed. Even though it was boring at times and frustrating sitting at home I am glad that I took the advice of my Physio and waited before getting on snow. While my ribs had mostly recovered, and physically I was feeling better, I still had some concussion symptoms that limited me from snowboarding. In the end when I did get the ok to snowboard again, I was so excited to be snowboarding again that I ignored symptoms that I shouldn't have and continued snowboarding anyways because I was so determined to race again right away. Right up until I raced in Germany I was still getting minor headaches quite regularly, and wasn't quite feeling right, all of which I convinced myself were not related to a concussion. All in all I think ignoring stuff like that was the biggest mistake that I have made this year, and it is very important to protect your noggins friends!
This year I also launched a make a champ campaign to help cover the cost of my snowboard season. I am excited to have raised $2663 after make a champ fees. I want to send a big thank you to everyone who contributed to my campaign it means the world to me! And especially to The Choice, Anne Hill, Joanne & Ernie Gareau, Sharon Kelly, Anne Hall, Martin Aitken, Michelle Ranks, Debbie Anderson, and Joe Gaudet for their support.
Only two days until the 2015/16 season starts! Currently en route to Austria! After training in the gym all fall I am hyped to get back on snow.
This season I am hyped to be a part of the Salomon Ambassador program, and am amped to ride with the support of such a cool group of people! Big thanks to Jordan and Dustin from Doing Business, check them out on Ig @doing_business and @salomonsnowboards.
As always a big shoutout to Mike, Joey, and everyone at The Choice for their support over the years! Ig: @the_choice_shop
Looking forward to this season and all good things to come!
I am am excited to be one flight away from home after a busy 3 weeks of training in South America! We headed down to El colorado ski resort mid August to start our time on snow! I feel like I really pushed my riding abilities, and learned a lot of new skills this camp and am excited for the season to come! We spent the first two weeks training in El colorado, and then we were going to head south to Antillanca for a race, but decided against it due to unreliable weather. We then headed to Pichilemu for a couple days off and I tried surfing for the first time! After that we headed back to the snow for a solid week of training in El Colorado and finished off the trip in Valle Nevado!.We had great sunny weather for pretty much the whole trip and had two fun courses in El colorado and Valle Nevado to ride! I am now excited to get back to the gym and train hard before heading to Europe in October!
Welcome to my blog! This is my first post ever so hopefully i'm doing it right! I have spent this summer training hard to get prepared for the upcoming season. I currently live and train in Whistler BC, and love everything about it! The gym here is awesome to train at , and there are endless things to do and explore here!
I have been super busy this summer working 3 jobs to support my snowboard career, as well as training full time. This summer has been a big learning experience on how to balance my time with work and training and to still have a little bit of free time! I am excited to see all my hard work pay off once we get back on snow! I spend as much of my free time outside as I can, I love hiking and biking and I spend as much time swimming in the lakes here as possible!
Last weekend I entered the Redbull 400 at Whistler Olympic Park with a couple of friends, it is the steepest 400m race in the world, with 400m of vertical gain and a 37 degree incline all the way up a Ski Jump. The concept is very simple but it was still one of the hardest races I have done! You start off running and as soon as the incline starts you are basically forced to crawl up the mountain because it is so steep! I finished with a time of 8:44, I wasn't one of the fastest, but I am just happy to have finished the race! I am planning on entering it again next year and hopefully my time improves!