Team, when I was in Squaw Valley for the Spartan World Championships, I had the honor of meeting Kristen Ulmer who, for 12 consecutive years, was the world’s top female big mountain extreme skiier. (My dream job!)
Ulmer was on the US Ski Team for moguls in 1991. She also starred in over 20 ski movies, and was called by the ski media the best woman big mountain extreme skier in the world from 1990-2001. In 1997 Ulmer was also voted in a Powder Magazine ski industry survey to be the best overall female skier in the world, beating even Olympic gold medalists. She was known for jumping off up to 70-foot cliffs, throwing flips, and for ski mountaineering feats such as the first female ski decent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton in 1997.
An avid rock and ice climber, paraglider pilot, adventure cyclist, and kiteboarder, Ulmer was also voted by the outdoor industry in a 2000 Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine poll to be the most extreme woman athlete in North America, beating women in all sports disciplines not just skiing. She retired from professional athletics in 2003.
Kristen has since written a book, The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead. So I could not pass up the opportunity to walk with her and ask her to share her story and big mountain wisdom with all of us.
On a personal note, I’m really looking forward to staying friends with Kristen. And I’m definitely looking forward to joining her on the slopes! Every Mogul Matters!