Jess / États-Unis

Jess Skis West

I'm looking to push myself as an athlete and a skier this season, especially in the backcountry. I've been working out at a ski specific conditioning class, hiking, and I've quit drinking to become my healthiest self for the upcoming season. I plan to retake my avalanche 1 in November in slc. I'll start my season in little cottonwood canyon in the central wasatch, an incredible zone to get my legs ready for the wallowas. After the new year I look forward to moving to east Oregon after the new year to work and ski in the eagle cap Wilderness Area, where I plan on seeing if I'm tough enough to endure and thrive in a fully human powered ski environment. I look forward to growing as a skier and a person, and I hope to have your support moving forward!


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Going into winter this year I was ALL about my goals. A long checklist of classes I was going to take, places I would ski, and accomplishments I thought I needed to be happy- to find myself. I’ve failed at a lot of what I planned. I’ve fallen flat on my face literally and metaphorically. TBH I wouldn’t change a thing, there’s been a lot of learning and growing going on, and not in the ways I expected. Mostly I found out there’s no place like home, @altaskiarea, and all the incredible, joyful, sincere, ripping skiers I get to share it with. Shred buddy and PC 📷: @mikaljamesbrown


Sometimes another persons path may not make sense to you - that doesn’t mean it’s not going somewhere worthwhile.


Learning-Growing-Scheming-Dreaming💥 Working on anchor setting and ski repels with @janelle.smiley and @utavy today during their women’s intro the ski mountaineering course today. Time to go put it to use! PC 📷: @bebabz


You know it’s gonna be a good day when... Throwback to my time in eastern Oregon


Great friends and a couple feet of fresh snow makes it feel good to be home 💛💛💛 Thanks for helping me capture some Alta magic @johnhowlandphoto!


Peeky peaks 🤫


I love skiing in a whiteout. Something about the blinding conditions comfort me, help me hold myself looser and just enjoy the mountain as it comes instead of worrying and trying to plan every move. My whole life I’ve struggled with expectation, looking ahead, feeling like my whole path was laid out ahead of me. But something about being untethered- with no idea what the road holds helps me to relax and take it all in stride. Im so grateful for everything I’ve learned about myself in the mountains, and I’m excited for whatever the mountains and life will throw at me next 🙏🏼🙌🏼


First light at the top of Teton Pass. . I felt so lost, so tired, so slow on the bootpack up- starting under pitch black skies and cold whipping my face as we hit the ridge line . “What in the world am I doing here?” I thought to myself, pulling my gloves, too thin for the weather this morning. “Oh yeah,” I said to myself as the first blast of fresh snow hit my face as I dropped down the mountain, “I’m fuckin’ skiing”


Hey Montana- I had a great time, let’s do it again real soon darlin.


Last sunset in the wasatch for a minute. I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the love and support I’ve received from friends and family leading up to my departure- I’ll miss this view, but I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me down the road 💛


These boots were made for walkin’. And Skiing. And Apre. Also sometimes dancing 💃🏼.


Carefully mitigated and absolutely magical ✨ Funny how a short walk in the mountains can make you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowds. 📷: @joey.camps . . . #beonewithyourgoal #sheadventures #skiwithyourfriends #earnyourturns #skihard #playhard


Santa brought sweet creamy powder turns in Westward Ho to all the good little shredders up at @altaskiarea for Christmas today 🎄❄️⛷ Merry Christmas everybody out in instaland!! Safe deep turns to all, and may all your Christmas’ be bright ✨


Finished up my avalanche 1 with the @avyinstitute today! It felt great to get back in the classroom and I learned a bunch and gained a lot of confidence out on the snow digging pits and working on beacon searches! Now it’s time to get out and keep practicing! Let’s go for a walk 💃🏼!


Mt. Baldy looking majestic with a little sun halo through the clouds today. This week's forecast is looking better and better- watch yourself ya' big old mountain! I'm gonna ski your face ⛷


Dreaming about more snow in the forecast and powder days like the one we had earlier this month has got me feeling all "please sir, may we have some more" 👦🏼🤞🏼 PC 📸: Brent Leyerle


First Lady shred of the season! With more techy chute entrys, spicy rocks hops, and icy traverses than coffee breaks! I'm lucky to have such cool girls to laugh with, confide in, dance with, and shred around the mountains- who push me to be a better skier and person! ❤️ you ladies (and all the other ladies I love to ski with who aren't included in this picture!) to the moon and back!


Did I like the skiing today? Nope. I LOVED it 😍 PC📸: Brent Leyele


I've never been much a of gym kinda gal, but this winter I decided to try a class to help me get ready. Lemme tell ya, it was fantastic! I can do box jumps now and squats for (almost) a full hour, but I'm mostly just sweaty and grateful it's all over! Thank you @burnslc for helping me get ready for ski season this year! Now all we need is the ❄️❄️❄️❄️ so we can get out and crush some turns!


Dear autumn, pls stop making me fall in love with you. It's supposed to be winter now and we need to break up 💁🏼


The spirit of stoke is building... Last winter when I was skiing this line I cut loose a small loose wet avalanche. To be honest I didn't even realize I'd triggered it until I was tucked behind a cliff band below. I guess I'm just grateful for the education and risk management training I've had and the savvy partners I've been able to share my time in the mountains with. More importantly I'm pumped to be refreshing my avalanche 1 at the start of the winter and building my own confidence base- conditions permitting #prayforsnow #🙏🏼❄️ 📷: @schirfphoto And thank you @stiomountain for sharing the photo and clothes with me 😜


I've been dreaming about bus laps in little cottonwood canyon all summer long and it feels so close with the storm blowing in this weekend I can almost feel the face shots 😍


Oh hello there autumn 💞🍂


"You see those peaks over there? Yeah? I'm gonna ski that shit." #winteriscoming ❄️🙏🏻 #beonewithyourgoal


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