I started riding 8 years ago as a way to get my skis up the hill. That lasted for about a week. Over the past 8 years, I have evolved from a beginner trail racer to a sponsored backcountry rider. I am living proof that anyone can do this sport if you love it enough to dedicate the time and effort it takes to learn it. I walked into Alpine Motorsports 5 years ago and bought my first Boondocker turbo. I guess I was the first girl to ever walk into Erik's shop and buy herself a turbo, but all I could think was: Why should the guys have all the fun?
That was the beginning of a lot of changes in my life, including really learning a sport I love, and making some of the best friends I have to this day. I was going through a lot personally, and snowmobiling was my escape from everything. I began riding with a handful of friends who started teaching me, which made me realize I didn't know how to ride yet! These guys put up with teaching me for my first 2 years of real riding. Adam Onasch, Mark Conley, Chris McKinney, Brian Baker, and Gilbert Ramos are the guys who got me unstuck countless times, taught me how to sidehill, tortured me in the trees, and loved to tell me we were lost in the dark when we weren't. I owe so much to them for taking the time to teach me, because I couldn't have done it without their friendship and support.
I met my first sponsor, Tomas, the owner of TOBE Outerwear, riding in a snowstorm at Wolf Creek Pass. People ask me all the time how they can get 'sponsored', and all I can say is that I wasn't trying, I was just out riding! I started filming with Boondocker Movies and The Crew in 2012, and was picked up by more sponsors along the way. Two years ago I started teaching Ladies Riding Clinics with Matt Entz and Mountain Skillz. It is so rewarding helping other female riders progress, and seeing the excitement they have as they improve. In 2014 I won the 'Pink Yeti' for Outstanding Female Rider at Sledfilm in Bend, Oregon. It really meant a lot to me, to be recognized in the industry for being a positive role model to other female riders.
I am thankful to Erik at Alpine Motor Sports for always being there, whether it's late night parts, tuning my sled to perfection, or schooling me in the trees, Erik has not only been a great sponsor, but a great friend.
I am also very thankful to all of my other sponsors, I wouldn't be where I am today without them:
VOHK, TOBE Outerwear, Boondocker Turbo, Skinz Protective Gear, Arctic FX, 509, RSI Racing, Ars FX, TKI Industries, Boondocker Movies, Blown Motor, Truckboss Sled Decks, 2 Cool Air Vents, Frankensled, Sled Solutions, Miller Designs, Tudizzle Films, Snow Big Deal, Thunderstruck Films, Marlenee Photography.