Telluride SFS Qualifiers 2015

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an image of Ashley Gregg, Subaru Freeride Competition, TellurideAshley Gregg

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote/saying/mantra that you are willing to share with our readers?

“Go fast, take chances.” That quote crosses my mind quite often.

 

If given the chance, what would you want to say to your mom/dad before dropping in for your qualifying run?

I would tell mom and dad to have some snacks ready for me at the bottom. And maybe a cold beverage.an image of Ashley Gregg, Subaru Freeride Competition, Telluride

 What’s the gnarliest line you have ever ridden?

Gnarliest line was coinslot. It requires a repel about 50 ft into a steep couloir that narrows to 10 ft wide. It’s a no fall zone. And I’m terrified of heights. But totally worth it I think.

 Is this your first competition?

Telluride was my second comp ever.

 What are you looking forward to most about the stop in Telluride?

I was looking forward to all the hype that surrounds the comp. It’s amazing to see all your friends and make new ones that are ripping all around you on the most fun venues. The energy is unreal.

Photos by Rachel Levin

an image of Jesse Reines, Subaru Freeride Competition, TellurideJessie Reines

We had the riding pleasure of hooking up with one of the finest skiers that New Mexico has to offer while at the Subaru Freeride Series 2015 in Telluride, Colorado. From Freeride to snot rocket competitions, this girl gives it her all. With a contagious laugh and a smile for miles it was hard to resist Jessie’s radiating charm. When we finally got her to take a ski break we were able to pull a few questions out of her.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote/saying/mantra that you are willing to share with our readers?

“Do what you can with what you have and where you are” -Theodore Rooseveltan image of Jesse Reines, Subaru Freeride Competition, Telluride

(My dad raised me on that quote, I can never let that go.)

If given the chance, what would you want to say to your mom or dad before dropping in for your qualifying run?

“Look at me mum and pops! I’m killin’ it!”

 What’s the gnarliest line you have ever ridden?

It would either be this one adventure where I had a mandatory cliffed out face back home in Taos and ended up committing to some air time. Or a couple weeks ago in Snowbird, where some friends and I spotted an untouched 4 foot wide chute. It was fast straight lines to a sharky apron with definite consequence. The most important part is I put my mind to it and made it happen! Commit!
an image of Jesse Reines, Subaru Freeride Competition, Telluride

Is this your first competition?

Competing began for me back in 2012 at the Taos Salomon Extremes; I made it to the finals and was completely hooked. Last year was a bit of an odd year with low snow and some injuries I sustained. This year, I have put my name in for more comps than previous years. I am stoked on the experience and what it takes to be a part of it all. Recently took 9th back at Taos Ski Valley. It was interesting to see a venue stalled due to too much snow!

What are you looking forward to most about the stop in Telluride?

People choose some intricate lines to ski or ride and it really opens up a level of creativity. I also really enjoy meeting other ladies who rip and share the same stoke for the sport.

Portrait Photo by Mo Kulata

an image of Hailey Schiff, Subaru Free ride Competition, TellurideHailey Schiff 

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote/saying/mantra that you are willing to share with our readers?

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” My mom says this to me all the time when shit hits the fan. It’s been a rough year physically and mentally for me so that quote has really resonated with me. It reminds me that crap is going to happen but I can both wallow and suffer in that negative or I can turn it around and make it an awesome positive learning experience.

If given the chance, what would you want to say to your mom/dad before dropping in for your qualifying run?

“Check this out mom and dad!” And commence to scare the day lights out of them!

What’s the gnarliest line you have ever ridden?an image of Hailey Schiff, Subaru Free ride Competition, Telluride

I guess my line and crash at the Snowbird qualifiers this year was on the list of gnarly things I’ve done. Another would be skiing Main Chute at Alta or West Chute on Mount Olympus during the end of June last year could be considered gnarlier… Both had moguly hard pack slush, tree and rock debris littering what little snow was left and you could hear water gushing below you at times. Not to mention the heinous hike in with skis on your back. The week before we did West Chute, a guy got life flighted out after falling in a ‘no fall’ zone. But to be honest, both were really fun for me and I never felt “scared”. I feel like ‘gnarly’ is a relative term. What I consider to be a fun and challenging ski could be gnarly to someone else. It’s all what you make of it.

Is this your first competition?

Telluride is my second competition! I fell and broke a rib, and severely bruised my tailbone at my first comp at Snowbird last month. So I am taking it conservatively and keeping it a goal to make it to the bottom for Telluride!

What are you looking forward to most about the stop in Telluride?

It’s a pretty small goal but I’m looking forward to a clean, conservative line where I make it to the bottom with everything intact. I realized after Snowbird that this is a really different style of skiing than I’ve ever done and that I need to slow it way down and learn. So I’m excited for the opportunity to learn and the watch the big girls throw down and learn from them!

Bottom Photo by Jeffery Alan Scott

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About Whitney Chandler

I am a Colorado native with an unfettering love for the West. I grew up riding, hiking, biking and climbing the Rocky Mountains and am looking forward to exploring what Idaho has to offer since moving here in August of 2014.
I am a recent graduate of Colorado Mountain College with a Bachelor’s in Sustainability Studies. I want to ensure that these mountains are still providing epic seasons for future generations to enjoy. While holding down jobs at Moon’s Kitchen and Java in Hyde Park, I enjoy writing about environmental issues, stories that empower women and poetry.