Made You Look
Now that winter is just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to compile a list of some of our favourite female ski and snowboard parts around!
We've the best of park, powder and street over the next few pages; the only problem was that there are so many awesome parts to choose from nowadays.
Feel free to let us know if we've missed any out, or point us in the direction of some more awesome edits, and we hope you enjoy our selection!
1. Kaya Turski
Anyone who has seen Kaya Turski's part in Level 1's Eye Trip will know that she set the bar for women's freeskiing over the past few years. She's won more contests than we can write down and she was the first woman to land a switch 1080 in a competition.
Unfortunately, her Level 1 part isn't available for public consumption, you'll have to buy the movie, but it's one of the few female street parts in skiing. This will give you an idea of just how solid she is in the park, though. And there are a few cheeky shots of her on the streets on her website, too.
The Canadian is one of the hardest working women in skiing, recovering from knee surgery in record time to compete in the Olympics, but she missed out on the finals after having to pop her shoulder back into place after stacking a run!
We're stoked to see what she comes up with this year, keep up the good work, Kaya!
2. Desiree Melancon
Desiree is quite possibly one of the coolest women ever; not only is she an awesome snowboarder, she's also an artist (mainly of the pornographic variety, but she has a lot of PG stuff, too).
Above is her part from the Think Thank movie, Brain Dead and Having a Heart Attack, for which she also won a well deserved Riders Poll award for female video part of the year 2014. She also won Female Rider of the Year at the same award ceremony, go Des!
Well known for her tireless hard work and fun loving attitude, we can only expect to see more of Desiree ripping it up on the street, and we're pretty excited to see what she's got in store.
3. Zuzana Stromkova
The smiley Slovakian impressed everyone with her moves at 9 Queens in 2014 and then released this sweet edit after.
It may look like just a park edit, but Olypmian Zuzana has a bag of tricks that few other girls do. For example, she's built up her rodeo 7 to a rodeo 9 (that trick from Chalet Girl that no-one thought was real), and she's got a whole host of butter tricks up her sleeve, too.
We're hoping to see her riding in 9 Queens again this winter, and hopefully getting some more awesome edits out!
4. Jess Kimura
Jess Kimura is one of the biggest names in snowboarding; the pint sized Canadian has a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to riding and has won multiple Riders Poll awards to prove it. She's also one of the few women to have their own pro model board.
Jess was also part of the X Games Real Women series in 2013 where she proves that she's not just a one trick pony with her powder smashing abilities. She's also been a regular in the all girls Peep Show films.
She'll be appearing in this year's Capita movie, Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass, and we can't wait to see her part!
She grew up competitively ski racing and diving, although a trip to Whistler saw her swap it all in a second for a career in freesking instead.
But good style, (as Kaya Turski, above, knows only too well) comes at a price; Maude's been off the competition circuit for a while because of her fourth knee surgery. No stranger to injuries, Maude started making her web series, Maad Maude when she couldn't compete, and it's easily one of the most popular series around.
6. Annie Boulanger
Annie was one of the first women to break into the backcountry scene. She spent her the early noughties involved with the Canadian team and doing numerous competitions, but always with the view to do more filming and have apart in a movie.
It wasn't until 2007 that she got her first part in the Absinthe film, Optmistic? and she hasn't looked back since.
In a recent Whitelines interview, Annie talks of having to fight hard to get herself recognised as a female backcountry rider in a male dominated industry. But her first full part, above, shows that she's well and truly made the leap.
7. Tatum Monod
Canadian Tatum Monod is in a league of her own. She's arguably one of the best up-and-comers out there, combining huge drops, pillow lines and big tricks.
Her serious moves gained her a part in this year's Level 1 movie, Less, the first full part from a girl since Kaya in 2010!
Tatum grew up ski racing but packed it in for powder at the age of 19 and hasn't looked back since. As well as Less, she'll also be appearing in Lynsey Dyer's eagerly awaited film project, Pretty Faces, and we can't wait!
8. Hana Beaman
Along with Annie Boulanger, Leanne Pelosi and Robyn Van Gyn to name a few, Hana Beaman made I N T E R V A L S - one of the most progressive girl's films that sparked the current boost in girls only ski and snowboard movies.
Above is her part from said movie, and it is awesome! Check out the massive road gap at the end.
Hana lives in Washington but spends her summers coaching in the Argentinian backcountry with SASS. You can see more video evidence of how she spends her time here, in the Vans short film, I N T R O S P E C T.
9. Ingrid Blackstrom
Ingrid is a veteran of women's freeridinng. She has been voted one of the 50 most influential action sports athletes of all time, along with a bunch of other awards to boot, and was actually one of Tatum Monod's early inspirations to ditch her race skis.
She has a pretty impressive CV, winning the voters section of X Games Real Women in 2013, and filming parts in numerous Matchstick films. She's competed in the Freeride World Tour and placed top three in almost every one she's entered, and the 35-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.
Here is her extended part from Matchstick Productions' In Deep, where she absolutely smashes it. Go, Ingrid, keep up the good work!
10. Erin Comstock
Erin boasts a ten year career that has been largely based around filming. She lives in Utah and has appeared in numerous Park City films, as well as in OG girl shred films by Peep Show. And that's only a few.
This is her final video part, and it really shows how she's managed to be one of the best female park riders for over ten years. Roxy and Peep Show have even documented her awe-inspiring career in their Wanderlust series, which you can watch here.
Good luck with whatever you decide to to next, Erin, but we're hoping you haven't put the camera away for good!