When Amy David isn’t wining beauty pageants you can find her on the slopes of her favorite mountain, Jackson Hole or Alta. This down to earth beauty queen not only bakes her own bread, kills it on skis but is a science buff as well. Amy David granted Snow Bunny Magazine some time for a further look into her life and what the future holds next for this amazing woman.
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SBM: Did you always know what you wanted to be when you “grew up”?
Amy: My dream has always been to be a professional skier, as well as an actress which may sound really lofty. I’ve always wanted a profession that would allow me to travel around the world on outdoor expeditions. I’ve committed myself to pursue my passion of skiing and combining the entertainment industry. Pretty simple, but not so easy.
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SBM: How old were you for your first pageant?
Amy: I was 17 when I competed for Miss Wyoming Teen USA and the national Miss Teen USA- both within the same year. I had no idea what I was doing so I would watch YouTube videos of past winners and practice the “cat walk” in high heels on the dirt road behind my house.
SBM: Which pageant was your favorite?
Amy: The Miss Teen USA pageant was held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I was able to enjoy paradise, but most of the time was spent in rehearsal. My platform was promoting healthy lifestyles, both body and mind. The final show was broadcasted live which only added to the excitement.
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SBM: When did you start getting a lot of attention from the media?
Amy: I grew up in a very small town with two local newspapers that covered any school or sport achievement. So for me that meant between sports, science fairs, and other school activities- I was in the paper a lot. My first major national media coverage came as a freshman in high school. I had won third place overall at a national science competition, The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The contest was filmed for a TV episode and I was chosen to be a host. We filmed at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. and they came to my hometown in Wyoming. In 2006, I presented the same research project at the International Snow Science Workshop in Telluride, along with my first published paper. My field study involved the effects of dust on the melt rate of snow/ice. My next research project was about the impacts to the brain during ski jumping which I took to the International Science and Engineering Fair and was chosen for a video segment with the CEO of Intel.
I won Miss WY Teen USA in 2009 which led to tons of national media coverage from TV, print, to radio. I currently work as the Public Relations Coordinator at Mountain Sports International in Salt Lake City, Utah. I collaborate with the media outlets to develop content based on the outdoor sport events we produce-whether that’s setting up athlete interviews, writing press releases, or being the spokesperson on TV interviews.
Photo credit: MSI
SB: How many days do you ski on average?
Amy: Several times per week. This season I have a goal to tour dawn patrol before work on the week days and ride the resorts on the weekends.
SBM: We heard you hurt your knee a while back. How did you hurt yourself? Any advice to girls in recovery or injured?
Amy: I tore my ACL, MCL, and meniscus at a trampoline gym in 2010. Reconstructive surgery is a full year recovery. My fourth day back on snow, I tore my ACL and meniscus again. I was crushed emotionally. These were my first two seasons ever spent not skiing and adapting made my first two years of college really tough.
My advice for anyone in recovery is the 10-90 rule. 10% of life is what happens to us, the uncontrollable circumstances. The other 90% of your life is determined by how you react to the situations. You can choose to mope around and be miserable or choose to work hard in physical therapy and find areas to progress yourself that you may not have had time to if you weren’t injured.
SBM: How do you train for ski season?
Amy: I hike and climb during the warm seasons. Being outside is way more enticing to me than the gym. Muscle is the best knee brace, so I’ve taken ski specific injury prevention classes to target certain muscle development. When I was younger and competing, I used to go the Utah Olympic Park water ramps and trampoline gyms to learn new tricks. For backcountry touring, it’s just as important to maintain a solid knowledge base as it is to be physically fit.
SBM: Now, we have seen that you can rip for fun but have you ever competed? Any interest?
Yes. I grew up ski racing with a solid group of lady shredders. In high school, our team won state championships two times and I was able to take the girl’s All-State Championship my senior year of high school. I also competed in freestyle (slope style and aerials) for a few years. My coach, Bruce Erikson, was the coolest guy! He dug a hole in the ground outside of our local ski resort for an old Olympic trampoline where he would teach me tricks in the summer and would stand out on the jump hill in the winter, even if I was the only one hiking. I moved to Salt Lake City to go to college and pursue higher level competitions. The second week here, I blew out my knee and have been working on Freeride World Tour and Subaru Freeride Series ever since. Maybe I’ll hop in the competition line up in the future.
SBM: What are you listening to when you’re on the hill these days?
Amy: Reggae, underground hip hop, or electronic/instrumental sounds while I’m skiing. Try ripping powder while listening to Lindsey Stirling- it turns skiing into a dream state!
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SBM: Being active in your community seems to be a deep focus for you. Can you tell us more about that?
Two major themes I’m passionate about are the environment and promoting women in the outdoors. I’m very intent on being an example of embracing a positive connotation of “like a girl.”
Several years ago, I conducted a two year research project that targets glacial recession and it’s implications. My research partner and I presented our findings to the County Commissioners, Department of Environmental Quality and were the youngest presenters at International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) in Telluride, CO. We studied the effects of wind-blown particulate matter (dust) on the melt rate of snow and ice. I’m from Pinedale, WY where the natural gas development has been booming leading to increased traffic, dirt roads and lack of vegetation after a drilling rig is moved. This results in increased particles traveling through the atmosphere and being deposited on the snowpack. The darker color decreases reflectivity of the sun and results in an increased melt rate.
In 2010, I spent a week in Washington D.C. as Wyoming’s representative for the Spirit of Community Awards presented by Condoleezza Rice and Seth Wescott. My service was promoting healthy lifestyles, both body and mind, through speaking at schools, coaching Special Olympics, and volunteering at health oriented charity events. The key messages I promoted were to appreciate your body for the capabilities you have because of how your body functions and feels, communication, goal setting, and the joys of outdoor recreation.
SBM: How did you get to where you are right now?
Amy: I’m a serious day dreamer… I write down my ideas and set goals with steps of how to achieve them. It’s all about deciding what you want to do- make a game plan to get there and then get after it!
SBM: What would you recommend to the next generation of females?
Amy: “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.” I don’t know who said this, but I’ve been living by it lately. If it’s trying a new trick on skis-throw the fear of face planting to the side. Or if you’re about to give a speech in class-go for it and do it with confidence!
Photo by Chris Pearson
SBM: Biggest inspiration?
Amy: In general, anyone who is able to create their lifestyle pursuing their passions. I know it sounds clique but when someone goes against the status quo its really inspiring.
Todd Skinner, who was a major influencer in the rock climbing world. Our families were very close. His book “Beyond the Summit” describes metaphors for business and life through climbing. I base a lot of my ideas off his sayings like, “You cannot lower the mountain; therefore, you must elevate yourself.” I love the metaphors of outdoor sports and using them as inspiration.
Photo by Adam Clark
SBM: Best day of skiing ever?
Amy: There is so many of them! I have been skiing since I was 2 years old. Before I could walk, my mom and dad would prop me up on skis in the living room. Maybe that helped with me learning how to walk…
But! When I was younger I had an awesome group of girls I would ski with at
White Pine. It as the closest ski area to where I grew up in Pinedale with only two chair lifts. We were always the first up and last to leave. We would go down on one ski, click out of our binding so the ski would stop but we would fly forward like superman and land in the deep powder on the side of the run. Skiing the same runs for 15 years, we found ways to look at skiing differently-just enjoying being in the mountains instead of taking it too seriously. We definitely got in trouble a lot by the one ski patrol on the mountain.
SBM: How do you stay grounded?
Amy: My parents raised my sister and I to be highly motivated and often competitive, so I always go into everything with my whole heart. To stay grounded, I try to not take myself too seriously and keep on the sunny side (be positive!) Spending time in nature always connects me to my core values and what truly matters in life.
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SBM: What’s next?!
Amy: I just got asked to make a ski film and it’s women focused. I’m planning a few multi-sport trips and will continue doing PR at MSI.
This or That-
Ski or longboard?
Ski. Though, I learned to longboard when I was on crutches due to skiing but got tired of moving slow and hopped on buddy’s skateboards to glide around.
Kayak or raft?
Sunrise or sunset?
Early to bed or early to rise?
Early to rise
Black or white?
Black dress, white room
Coffee or tea?
Coffee (although Dirty Chai lattes are my favorite)
Meat or veggies?
Mountains or ocean?
Lipstick or chapstick?
Chapstick or tinted lip balm
Oil or lotion?
Dogs or cats?