They're among the most competitive in the industry, but most days they can be found right in South Tahoe's backyard. From seasoned pro to up-and-coming, the leading ladies of Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort are throwing down with the best of them. These ladies are making a name for South Tahoe and having fun while they're at it. At the end of the day, however, there's no place like home, or in this case Sierra-at-Tahoe. The Tribune checked in with Sierra's leading ladies to see what they have in store for the upcoming season and what advice they have for the South Tahoe groms. Jamie AndersonNo way we'll ever get tired of hearing about this South Tahoe resident dominating the slopestyle scene, which is good since Anderson has no plans to slow down. Nothing new here, but Anderson is already off to a blazing start this season. She snagged gold at the Dew Tour slopestyle earlier this month in Breckenridge, Colo., and as defending X Games champ, her 2012-13 podium trips are just beginning. There's no doubt we'll see Anderson in the 2014 Olympics, but no matter where she rides or how many titles she collects, her favorite moments remain Sierra powder days. Expect to catch more glimpses of Anderson gliding through the Sierra trees this season after she opted out of the U.S. team. Usually a U.S. regular, Anderson decided to cut down on her competition schedule and log some serious backcountry time at home.Age: 22Favorite trick? Cab 7Favorite riding tunes? ReggaeFavorite ski or snowboard movie? The RootsMost inspiring snowboarder? Jeremy Jones (No Mountain)Your best moment on the mountain? Bluebird pow days at Sierra. What do you tell yourself before a big comp? Stay present, have fun, and I try to visualize and do my very best.Any advice for the younger kids who hope to break into this industry? Do what you love, and love what you do. Enjoy the journey, and always be grateful.What are your goals for the upcoming season? Stay healthy, strong and have fun. Reason behind skipping the U.S. team season? I prefer keeping it more mellow on my own program, and going with the flow without any attachments, but I have nothing but good things to say about the whole team, and coaches.
Julianne BrackettGet familiar with this name because we're about to see a lot more of it. Brackett is just gaining momentum in the snowboard slopestyle scene. She snagged second at the Gatorade Freeflow Finals and third at the United States of America Snowboard Association nationals, all before the age of 18. Oh yeah, did we mention she's also a pro paddleboarder? But it's the slopes Brackett is thinking about right now.Age: 18Favorite trick? Tail press 270 out. I'll try that trick off any rail or box right now. I like how it feels when you do it right.Favorite riding tunes? I currently do not ride with headphones. Although, I usually find myself singing and whistling on the mountain... My favorite tune to whistle is Happiness by David Crowder.Favorite snowboard movie? Whichever one we watch, I am usually inspired and want to go out and do it myself. Although, I don't watch movies very often.Your best experience on the road? When I traveled out to Colorado for my first Dew Tour. It was my first long trip away from home ... It was a great experience to go out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to be a better rider and a more mature young lady. What are your goals for the upcoming season? My everyday goal is to learn and progress. I want to become a better snowboarder than I was the day before. A larger goal I have set myself is to land 720s and then make them a solid trick that I am comfortable doing in events. What do you tell yourself before a big comp? Before a big comp I always thank God that I'm there... Then I will tell myself what I always tell myself each day I ride. Remember how it feels. Go with the flow. Don't think so much. Just do it and remember how it's supposed to feel when you did it yesterday. Best advice or lesson learned? Give it all you've got, or don't give anything at all.
Maddie BowmanIf she isn't already, Bowman is definitely becoming a household name. The freeskiing champ is practically a podium guarantee in any competition her skis touch. Bowman climbed the podium six times last season, and she was still a senior at South Tahoe High School.This season promises to be Bowman's best yet. She already snagged second in the Dew Tour superpipe. She's also a favorite for the upcoming X Games after last year's performance when she went from alternate invite to a silver medal finish. Better believe we'll be seeing Bowman in the 2014 Olympics. Age: 18Favorite trick? Air to fakie, or a seven.Favorite ski or snowboard movie? ClaimMost inspiring skier or snowboarder? Sarah BurkeYour best moment on the mountain? I love pow days where it just keeps snowing, or sunny slushy spring days.Your best experience on the road? Yet to come.What do you tell yourself before a big comp? Just to have fun, and I will get the most out of it and myself.Best advice or best lesson learned? Not to take anything too seriously. The world is one big playground.Any superstitions? Awkward, but I have a lucky pair of underwear.Any advice for the groms? Have fun and push yourself.
Hannah TeterTeter splits her riding time between Vermont and California, but when she's ripping the west coast it's at Sierra-at-Tahoe. More impressive than a gold medal from the 2006 Torino Olympics is the fact that Teter donates all her contest winnings. “It was a way for me to come back to the contest circuit after accomplishing one of the biggest dreams I had ever had, an Olympic gold medal,” Teter said in an email. “After a silver medal at the Vancouver Games, I needed a new source of motivation, and that was to focus on progressing the sport of women's snowboarding to new heights.”Age: 25Favorite trick? Corked frontside 900 in the pipe.Favorite riding tunes? As of now, I'm digging listening to The Black Keys and Cold War KidsFavorite movie? Burton's Movie this year was insano.Most inspiring snowboarder? Travis Rice and Shaun WhiteBest road trip? I always have the best time at X Games.Best advice or best lesson learned? Never take anything for granted, and live like there's no tomorrow.Best or worst pickup line you've been served on the mountain? Can't say I've ever dealt one, but for sure have been served some good ones ... like, “what's a sexy snow bunny like you doing in a dirty mind like mine?” Or “I can't find my way home, could I ski back with you to your chalet?”Any superstitions? I would never get a flu shot. I think they make you worse off. Is that a superstition? 2014 Olympics in Sochi? Third times a charm.Any plans for once you do retire from competitive snowboarding? I want to have a smoothie stand on a beach.Any advice for the South Tahoe kids out there trying to make it? There are many aspects to “making it,” and from a young age I've always been into the more alternative ways of approaching success. From cross training, visualizing, being insanely healthy, and thinking positive about pursuing goals. The more focus you put into your goals, the better, but the more alternative you can get with creating your success, the more fruitful it usually is.