In hopes of creating a place ALL women can feel represented in spirit on a screen wether it’s playing in the snow or sending huge lines, I wanted to bring that spirit to a single location and celebrate it. Girls are doing amazing things but its seems to me women’s footage is either spread too thin over a bunch of “token” 10 second girl segments or cut entirely from many projects.
No one seems to have truly captured the essence of how powerful girls can be in the mountains, from clear decision making to the desire to help others share an experience, to the grace and beauty only a female can add. I’ve watched myself only value my skiing as compared to what the guys are doing and even though so many of us are striving to perform at the guy’s level, we’re overlooking the story and value of the whimsical giggles we are built with or our gentle touch on the snow and the bounce of a poney tail in the wind. If we began to celebrate these things, along with the hard charging, maybe more girls could see themselves up there, more young girls could be encouraged by what looks like so much fun, and more guys even would be happy to even it out up there because instead of competing with them, we could be balancing the team.
There is a fine line between promoting the fluff and trying to be authentic about telling a story. I know no matter what position I take I will probably offend people but my goal has always been to try to bring us “together”; to make all of us, weather we’re on the screen or in the audience, feel a part of something bigger than ourselves and offer an environment where others who may not have had the upbringing or opportunities that we have, the welcome invitation join us in an experience that has been substantial enough to want to share.
I love seeing the older ladies out shredding as much as the young ones coming up. I know the challenges of the cold and uncomfortable boots, awkward beginnings and scary mountains can turn so many away before they even have the chance to feel what it feels like to zore down a powder field but if I can share even a moment with them through an edit, then maybe I’ve done a service to encourage a female to push through, to suspend judgment, to give up one more day in a cubicle to experience this thing that has been big enough to dedicate my own life to.
Then maybe, she can take that tiny experience of freedom with her, back into the real world, where little girls learn to compare themselves to others by what they are wearing or how skinny their thighs are. In this battle zone lives my hope in having this one, maybe small, experience on a mountain a girl can recognize that there are other outlets for learning about oneself, of joy, of finding personal power and confidence and of something no one can ever take away. That’s what skiing has done for me. It’s been my friend, my muse, my outlet and my escape from all that stuff I couldn’t understand and even though my parents still push me to get a real job, it always will be a place of solace.
For as long as I have this tiny opportunity to maybe, possibly, share that idea with even a few young or old ladies then I will give it a shot and put it out there. Perhaps no one will care but perhaps a few will.