Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The 10 Greatest Female Freeskiers of All Time

Professional backcountry skier Tatum Monod A backflip for the girls from professional backcountry skier Tatum Monod. Image: SnowBrains

These 10 lovely ladies probably shred harder than you.

Professional skier Maude Raymond
Armada Skis athlete Maude Raymond. Image:

Maude Raymond- A Montreal, Canada native that rides for Armada skisShe spends her winters in Mammoth Lakes, California, doing what she does best.

Profesional Skier Grete Eliassen
6-time Winter X Games medalist Grete Eliassen getting some air. Image: Women's Sports Foundation

Grete Eliassen- An American-Norwegian professional skier who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has won 6 medals at the Winter X Games in slopestyle, including back-to-back gold medals in 2005 and 2006.

Professional Big Mountain Skier Ingrid BackstromIngrid Backstrom helicopter skiing out of Valle Nevado, Chile. Image: SnowBrains

Ingrid Backstrom- Ingrid Backstrom is a skiing icon who has skied first descents in Greenland, Baffin Island, and China. She has starred in more than 20 ski filmsIngrid is a mother of two and co-founder of SAFE AS(Skiers Advocating and Fostering Avalanche and Snow Safety), helping lead women’s avalanche clinics around the West.

Professional skier Michelle ParkerA Squaw Valley local, Michelle Parker, is a professional skier and Red Bull athlete. Image: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Michelle Parker- With her home mountain being Squaw Valley, California, Michelle Parker is one of the ski industry’s most versatile female skiers. She has appeared in over a dozen ski films and in 2013 won the Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards. She has also received an award from the International Freeski Film Festival for her segment in Matchstick Productions’ Superheroes of Stoke.

Professional skier Angel CollinsonSkiing big lines and deep pow is in professional skier Angel Collinson's blood. Image: SnowBrains

Angel Collinson- A Salt Lake City native who grew up living in the world-famous, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Angel Collinson is one of Teton Gravity Research's most distinguished female skiers. She's a gnarly ripper, to say the least. Her brother, John Collinson, is also a professional skier. Must run in the family.

Professional skier Sarah Jean Burke
A true skiing legend, Sarah Jean Burke changed the game forever. Image: SnowBrains

Sarah Burke- Sarah Jean Burke (1982-2012) was a Canadian freeskier who pioneered the superpipe event at the Winter X Games. She is a 5-time Winter X Game gold medalist who won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005. Burke passed away on January 10th, 2012 from a fatal head injury she sustained during training at Park City Mountain Resort. She is forever a legend. May she ski in peace.

Professional skier Jackie PaasoFreeride World Tour champion Jackie Paaso sending BIG lines. Image: SnowBrains

Jaclyn Paaso- Jackie is a former mogul skier turned professional freeskier from Lake Tahoe, California. She is the winner of the 2019 Freeride World Tour in AndorraShe even has her own movie, Evolution of Dreams.

Skiing legend Kaya Turksi Red Bull athlete and 8-time Winter X Games gold medalist, Kaya Turksi, is a skiing legend. Image: SnowBrains

Kaya Turksi- A Canadian freeskier, Turksi is the most dominant skier in women's slopestyle history. She has 8 Winter X Games gold medals -- all in slopestyle.

Elyse Saugstad was the Freeskier Magazine "2018 Female Skier of the Year." Freeskier Magazine's "2018 Female Skier of the Year," Elyse Saugstad, lives for pow. Image: SnowBrains 

Elyse Saugstad- Saugstad is an American professional freeskier and the 2008 Freeride World Champion. She is a native Alaskan and was electedFreeskier Magazine's "2018 Female Skier of the Year." Her husband, Cody Townsend, is a famous professional skier as well.

Tatum Monod professional big mountain skierProfessional big mountain skier Tatum Monod is one of the best to ever do it. Image: Teton Gravity Research

Tatum Monod- Born in Banff, Alberta, Tatum is a professional big mountain skier who isn't afraid stomp massive tricks in the backcountry. She has been awarded the "Best Female Performance" from Powder Magazineand "Female Skier of the Year" from Freeskier Magazine in 2017. She has recently come back from a season-ending ACL injury and is now shredding harder than ever.

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