One Team, One Dream
Sierra is known for cookin’ up some amazing athletes. What’s the golden recipe though? Maybe it’s the chill vibes, award-winning terrain parks, or snow selection by our Snowmmeliers . Either way, we think it’s pretty rad that such world-renown athletes make our mountain their winter oasis.
Our athletes are an extension of Sierra on and off the snow. Whether it’s hanging with family, giving back or taking #CertifiedUnserious to the next level, there is no shortage of energy or kindness in their personalities. Let’s get to know the athletes that help make Sierra the raddest place to enjoy the snow!First, Jamie Anderson. For those living under your cozy rocks, Jamie is a halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarder from South Lake Tahoe who oozes chill vibes. Her amazing career highlights include twelve X-Games medals (yup, twelve), three TTR World Snowboarding Championships, numerous Dew Tour wins, and a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The fifth of eight children, Jamie is definitely a family gal. Her travels take her all over the world, but wherever she is, her radiance doesn’t go unnoticed. Jamie is a huge part of our community, and we’re stoked that she calls Sierra home! Her recent efforts are highlighted in a recent Tahoe Quarterly article. Check it out here!: http://tahoequarterly.com/winter-2017-2018/clutch-performerNext, Maddie Bowman. Maddie is an all-star athlete and great spirit to hang around. She’s a powerhouse in women’s halfpipe skiing, winning six X-Games SuperPipe awards and a gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Besides traveling to comps, Maddie also speaks to elementary school children about climate change and her life experiences. She also enjoys mountain biking, going to the lake, and chillin’ with her pals. Look for her on the slopes this season having fun the #CertifiedUnserious way! Tahoe Quarterly also has a great piece on Maddie, so click the link to read more!: http://tahoequarterly.com/winter-2017-2018/halfpipe-defenseNow, Hannah Teter. Hannah is a decorated freestyle snowboarder from Vermont. She got the bug to come out West and now shreds Sierra whenever she can. Hannah is also an Olympian, winning gold in Torino and silver in the Vancouver games. Aside from boarding, she enjoys giving back to the community. Her philanthropic spirit and Vermont roots inspired her to start Hannah’s Gold, a maple syrup company that helps give individuals access to clean water and essentials. For more on Hannah's upcoming plans, check out her feature in the latest issue of Tahoe Quarterly here: http://tahoequarterly.com/winter-2017-2018/revamped-and-refocused
Last, Kyle Smaine. Kyle is a freestyle skier specializing in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Skiercross but rips on any terrain thrown at him. He was born right here in South Lake Tahoe and started coming to Sierra soon after. Kyle is an all-around gifted athlete, but what sets him apart is his strong competitive drive (even on friendly bike rides *cough cough*). This has earned him many awards, most notably an FIS World Ski Championship Halfpipe win in 2015. When he’s not competing, you can find Kyle flashing his infectious smile on our sunny slopes or boating with friends on the lake.
Winter is approaching and our athletes are gearing up for another season of competitions and good vibes. Kyle is stoked to be back on skis after suffering an injury that sidelined him for most of last season. He’s prepared to hit the ground running, so keep an eye out for him on the competition circuit!
With the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang drawing near, Jamie, Maddie and Hannah are training harder and traveling more than ever. But if you’re lucky, you might catch our athletes riding the chair lift, basking in the après scene, and spreading the love up here at Sierra. They’ll be honing their skills and fine-tuning their chill : unserious ratios to show the world what Sierra is made of. Go team Sierra!