List Career Highlights:
2008 Freeride World Tour Champion
Won 2014 IF3 International Ski Film Festival "Best Female Freeride Performance"
Won 2013 Powder Video Awards' "Best Female Performance"
Named one of ESPN's "Top 50 Women in Action Sports" in 2014
Nominated for Powder Video Awards' "Best Female Performance" in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Voted Top 5 Powder Magazine Readers' Choice Poll in 2012, 2013, 2015
Voted Top 5 in Teton Gravity Research's Co-Lab contest in a field of over 40 men and was the only female to make it into the final
Nation and Home Resort: USA, Alyeska Resort, Alaska
How long have you been on Blizzard Tecnica: 1 year
Hobbies outside of skiing: Surfing, mountain biking, yoga, fly fishing, traveling, watching SF Giants baseball games, hanging out with my husband, Cody Townsend, and dog, Theo, and cooking/drinking wine with friends and family.
Favorite Ski Spot: Alaska
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Why do you ski on Blizzard Tecnica? Because they make the best big mountain skis, duh. Also, there are some really cool people that work at the company.
What makes skiing so special to you? I love skiing because it gets you outside to play! It’s a sport that allows you to express yourself however you choose and thus no one skis exactly alike. Skiing fully immerses one in nature and, in a good way, forces you to be in tune with nature. One more great aspect of skiing is the connections and friendships one makes over time with people all over the world.
Best memory of skiing (why is it the best)? The first amazing moment of skiing that I can remember is when I was seven years old and my parents said I could go skiing with my friends without them tagging along, I was free! I believe that sense of freedom that came along with skiing when I was a kid still resonates with me just as strong to this day.