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Get To Know K2 Pro Amie Engerbretson

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Peep Amie’s skis:  Luv Boat 105Ooolaluv 85Ti


 janicerose_  When did you first realize that you wanted to be a pro skier?
It was a bit later in my life than one might expect. I always skied and when I was younger my dad was a pro skier so I was familiar with the industry. I was a few months away from graduating college at Columbia College Chicago and I wasn’t exactly sure what my next move was. I had moved away from the mountains for college but had missed them tremendously and went back every chance I got. One day I called up my dad and said that I wanted to take some time and ski when I graduated. My plan was to start competing a little, shoot more and try to get some sponsors. My dad said, “cool!” So that’s what I did!

jackiew08  Hey Amie and K2!  Before Pretty Faces, lady skiers in ski movies were pretty underrepresented.  Which lady skiier has been your biggest inspiration?  And when you want to get amped for the season, which ski segment are you watching on repeat?

It is really hard to choose one woman in particular that has been my biggest inspiration as I am inspired by every single one! Growing up, Jamie Burge was a huge inspiration – just watching her go huge! Of course Ingrid Backstrom has also been super inspiring as well. She rips, she holds her own in any situation, and she always maintains an incredibly positive attitude not matter what. More personally, Elyse Saugstad has been a huge inspiration and a wonderful friend. She has incredible determination which is inspiring and I think she is the most talented lady on her skis! She charges. For my favorite ski segment – another hard one, but I am gonna shift away from the ladies and say Shane McConkey’s segment from Claim. It may not be the best or even his best segment of all time, but it encompasses a lot of his humor and joy in skiing which I really love and I will always be inspired by!

aklein184  What’s your favorite mountain in North America, and what is your favorite in the world?  How do they compare to each other?

I will have to claim Squaw Valley as my favorite mountain in North America. Of course it is my home mountain – my first day on skis there I was 10 months old and I know it like the back of my hand. I love the terrain there and the variety of aspects, so no matter the snow and conditions you can pretty much always find great skiing. I will also forever be obsessed with KT-22 as my favorite chairlift. It has access to killer terrain and it is super lap-able so you can get in tons of vert! My favorite mountain in the world that isn’t Squaw would have to be Titlis in Engelberg, Switzerland. Is really cool because it has the scale and size of a European resort but it has the flow and ski-ability of a North American resort. It is definitely a freerider’s paradise with tons of killer of piste skiing and cliffs as huge as your imagination can huck! The Titlis tram is like KT-22 but WAY bigger!

Amie's happy place.
Proper form.

m1chael.arreiv  If you could go back to any awesome powder day anywhere and anytime you’ve skied around the world, where and when would it be, and what run or line was your favorite?

I am lucky in that many days come to mind for this question, but I think my first day heli-skiing in Alaska at Valdez Heli Ski Guides takes the cake. We were up in AK filming a segment, my first ever, for Warren Miller. It was my first time in AK and my first big film trip so I was hyped to say the least. We were getting ready to go for an afternoon/evening filming session but we had the day free. The group that had the private heli that day happened to have 3 extra seats that they offered to McKenna Peterson, Lexi DuPont and I. It was a crazy lucky opportunity as McKenna and I had never heli-skied in Alaska before so we were psyched to get a little bit of a warm up. Warm up we did. On our way out, our guide looked at us and said, “Need a warm up? The answer is no.” We went straight to the top of Pyramid, an iconic killer line. It was steep, long and awesome with perfect snow. Standing on top I was like, “I cannot believe we are doing this!” I dropped in, skied it fast and fun, and felt like queen of the world at the bottom. We went on to slay about 7 more runs, all with perfect pow, all film worthy and all without any cameras or waiting. It was really an incredible day and such an amazing opportunity to get some wiggles out before the camera were on!

ryan_woodman  Every time I travel for an extended ski trip to a new destination, I come home as stoked about the people I met as the skiing itself. What was the best encounter you had with a complete stranger on a trip?

I can totally relate to feeling! It is amazing how awesome people tend to congregate in awesome places. That is one of my favorite parts of traveling for skiing. One story that sticks out was from when I was in Murren, a tiny tiny town in Switzerland a few years ago skiing and shooting at Schilthorn Piz Gloria. There were a couple couloir lines that were directly opposing the deck of the tram and we had been wanting to ski them our whole trip. Finally on one of the last days we walked up there and skied them. While we were hiking a huge crowd had gathered on the tram deck where our cinematographer (my dad) was set up, to watch. When we skied the crowd cheered, it seemed like the whole village was there. At the end of my line a guy skied up to me and said he had wanted to ski those lines his whole life and that we inspired him to do it. I thought that was super cool. From then on where ever we went in the village everyone would call out, “Hey, the Schilthorn girls!” It was pretty cool.

lisaalis13  What are some of your favorite songs or artists to ski to – or at least were this past season? 🎶

I have a running playlist with all the songs from my favorite ski segments. I add to it every year and I love to listen to it when I am shredding because I picture the segment and the skier and get inspired by them. It’s like being in my own ski movie in my head! Beyond that, this past season I got really into The Kills for skiing. Their newest album is rad and I rediscovered some of their older music. I love their sound and it makes me feel a little more badass while I am skiing! 

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Face shots + Bluebird = Happy place.

heatherwzimmer  What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not shredding pow?

Oh man, hard question! I love a lot of different things. Since I travel so much in the winter I love taking time when I am home to connect with my friends and just be mellow. I love doing big dinner parties, cooking good food and just hanging, chatting and catching up! Other non-ski loves are dancing, camping, cooking, playing guitar, vino, researching cat jokes and watching cute kitty videos. I also recently got a dog – weird I know since I am really into cats. His name is Bill and I love adventuring and snuggling with him!

alexxsouthh  What’s your go-to K2 product you can’t live without?

My snowblades? I mean anytime I am having a grumpy day, the conditions aren’t ideal, or I just need a good laugh, I throw those puppies on and I am killing it! Haha, okay kind of kidding… Right now my favorites are the K2 LuvBoats. They are 105 underfoot so they are perfect for me in just about any snow condition. They are playful and reliable at the same time and really fun to ski!

Jenny Dibb  What do you do during the summer to keep active?

I do all kinds of things in the summer! My approach to fitness and working out is to mix it up a lot! In the summer I mountain bike, trail run, paddle board, wake surf and surf when I can. I love to go on long hikes and I have even started learning to climb. More on the workout side I teach and take barre classes, which I LOVE, and I also spend time in the gym, do TRX, lot’s of yoga and spinning! For me, staying in shape for something as fun as skiing should be fun, so I always listen to my body, do what feels good and make sure I am mixing it up so it never gets boring to stay fit!

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ellzabellza  What are 3 words that can describe your approach to life?  Or skiing?

Just have fun! It is really easy to get wrapped up in a lot of different things as a professional athlete. Of course what I do takes a degree of focus and concentration, especially in high consequence situations, but I think it is really important for me to remember why I ski and that is because it is really really fun! Sometimes I do get wrapped up in the pressure, the competition, the expectations and the fears associated with what I do, but I know none of those feelings serve me at all. When I am on top of a line where I am nervous or scared I just keep saying to myself, “Just ski and have fun.” I am pretty sure that was basically my dad’s advice before my first trip to AK and it really stuck. No matter what, just have fun! 

Lenka Koprina  Obviously to have the level of success you have obtained, you need to dedicate your entire life to skiing. Do you have any off-the-hill goals you would like to achieve post skiing?

Skiing is definitely number 1 in my life at the moment, but I have always tried to keep some balance. For a long time I have wanted to start my own business. I am actually taking my little bit of off time this summer to write a business plan. I don’t plan to start my company anytime soon but I will stow the plan away for the future when I am ready! I think it is really important as an athlete to think about and plan for the future. I have tried to do that from the first moment I got sponsored. 


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Chasing Snow – Where To Ski This Summer

Chasing Snow

If you know skiing, you know your season never really has to end. Many of us here at K2 have done back-to-back-to back winters, and the experience is a game changer. Whether you want to lap world class parks, work on your goggle tan while cruising glaciers in the northern hemisphere, or break out the powder snorkel down south, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite locations for chasing snow around the globe in search of an endless winter.

PARKS

Summer skiing starts now!
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Mammoth Mountain, USA – Daily into August

Mammoth Mountain has had a killer season this year.  All that sun and snow make the Sierra Nevada the place to be.  The features in Mammoth’s parks are well maintained and meticulously shaped, and are sure to be dialed in into early summer.

Perisher, Australia – June 9 – October 10

Perisher is the premier park destination in Australia with seven terrain parks and Australia’s biggest halfpipe.  The park crew have been busy in the workshop building new features to add to the rail fleet, which is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Timberline, USA – Daily through mid-September

Timberline has been a freestyle leader from the start thanks to multiple terrain parks with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy.  Much of Timberline’s terrain is dedicated to freestyle and race camps, but their public park is maintained and should be prime all summer long.

Cardrona, New Zealand – June 10 – Oct 15

Cardrona offers the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities.  From monster pro style features to beginner jumps and boxes, Cardrona’s park is easily one of the best in the southern hemisphere.

POWDER

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Face Shots @ TC

Treble Cone, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Treble Cone is the the largest ski area and has the most vertical drop on the South Island.  With 45% advanced terrain, there’s plenty of steeps and drops to get the legs pumping and the face shots coming.  Not to mention, the view from Treble Cone is all-time.

Mt Hutt, New Zealand – June 9 – October 8

Mt Hutt provides prime conditions for knee deep pow turns with a altitude of close to 7000 ft and an ideal southeast aspect. Located just 30 minutes from the laid back town of Methven, Mt. Hutt’s bowl shape and steep sidewalls caters to advanced skiers.

Ski Portillo, Chile – June 17 – September 30

“The average annual snowfall at Portillo ski resort is about 25 feet. Portillo’s snow storms are typically short and intense, followed by bluebird days when the spectacular vistas can be fully appreciated.  As a result, the quality of the powder is often dry and the riding is unbelievably fantastic.”

Nevados de Chillan, Chile – July 1 – September 24

Nevados de Chillan boasts the most annual average snowfall in South America, and the biggest vertical drop in Chile.  Volcanic eruptions and rivers of lava have left a playground of mounds, bowls, natural half pipes, steep pitches, and drop-offs spread across the resort to get those creative skiing juices pumping.

PARTY

Sunny Squaw days
Sunny Squaw days

Squaw Valley, USA – Daily through July 4

2016/17 at Squaw has been one for the record books. The conditions are going to be prime for summer skiing through the 4th of July, maybe even longer.  If you have never wakeboarded, skied, bbq’d, and watched fireworks all on the same day, now is your chance.  Head to Reno after the on-hill Apres to hit the casinos or explore the up and coming foodie scene.

Zermatt, Switzerland – Daily through mid-November

Zermatt is known all over the world for its mountain parties and summer skiing, and its 50+ bars offer plenty of choice and variety. If you’ve never shredded in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic introduction to the European mountain scene.

Hintertux, Austria – Year Round

Down the road from Hintertux, Mayrhofen offers up one of the best apres ski experiences in Europe.   The atmosphere in the umbrella bars and apres ski pubs are sensational.  The town also has a huge summer draw so there is never a shortage of events to attend.

Queenstown, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the jumping off point for two ski areas, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Fantastic scenery, a lively bar scene, and a host of thrilling outdoor activities combine to make chasing snow for one week or an entire season in Queenstown one you’ll never forget.

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Where the Pros Party – Favorite Closing Day Resorts

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Amie Engerbretson – My favorite place for closing day is hands down Squaw Valley USA! Spring time in Squaw is nothing but fun and sun. The corn snow is awesome and they keep a lot of killer terrain open late. Their pond skim party is second to none, with one of the few pond skim competitions that uses an actual natural pond! The closing party at Le Chamois can’t be beat either. Live bands on the deck with sunshine and dancing is the best! This year–with a huge snowfall in the Sierras–I plan to be skiing the Palisades on the 4th of July!

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Joona Kangas – My favorite springtime/closing day resort is Rikgränsen, Sweden. I like it the most because it’s such a good place to build stuff after they close the resorts in Finland. It’s a legendary place with great vibes.

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Lexi DuPontSun Valley is the absolutely best place to be on closing day! Hundreds of people gather on the top of the resort dressed in wild outfits drinking adult beverages and dancing. Fireworks, music, booze and everyone’s strongest Idaho personalities come out. Everyone waits until the ski patrol forces us down the hill and we all party ski to the base where we dance in our ski boots until the sun goes down!

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Sean Jordan – I would have to say my favorite closing day resort would be Keystone. Everyone flocks to A-51 and they have a pretty laid back atmosphere. Their park is always super fun and there is always a big group of people you know. Looking forward to it again this year!

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Clayton Vila – Mammoth Mountain. When they have a good snow year, the spring is what I live for. It’s the best of both worlds: warm weather, soft snow, and a park just as good as mid-winter.

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K2 Skis Signs Joss Christensen To The Factory Team

Joss Christensen Signs with K2

SEATTLE, WA (November 9, 2016) – K2 Skis is thrilled to welcome Olympic Gold Medalist Joss Christensen to its roster of professional athletes. By adding Christensen to the Factory Team, K2 continues to show it’s dedication to the freestyle market while further solidifying one of the best and longest standing pro teams in skiing.

“K2 has supported some of the best and most passionate skiers since the beginning of freeskiing, and continues to move the sport in the right direction,” said Joss Christensen. “I have a lot of respect for everything K2 has done for the sport! I’m really looking forward to building a relationship with K2 over the coming years.”

At 24 years old, Christensen was raised in Park City, UT, where he learned to ski at the age of three and eventually got into slopestyle and halfpipe skiing. After earning the first-ever gold medal in men’s slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Christensen went on to win the Slopestyle gold and silver at numerous X Games and U.S. Grand Prix events. In 2016, Christensen was 3rd in AFP World Slopestyle rankings, and he is also co- founder of SLVSH, the site of global freeski matchups and extensive video galleries that has a large core skier following.

Joss in Stubai, Austria | Luke Allen photo
Joss in Stubai, Austria | Luke Allen photo

“We welcome Joss to the K2 family because not only is he one of the top freestyle skiers in the world, but his personality, style and direction of skiing is directly aligned with our values here at K2,” said Kjell Ellefson, K2 Skis Global Team Manager. “Our goal is to inspire others to enjoy skiing and the outdoors, and Joss undoubtedly does that.”

Christensen will now be part of the trusted team of athletes who help develop K2’s revolutionary new products. His expertise will add to the direct input that goes into each and every one of K2’s ski models.

“I’m really excited to be supported by such an iconic company, and for the opportunity to be involved in the progression of K2 while also building my personal brand to where I want it to be,” stated Christensen.

“Along with Joss’s deep connection to the consumer, he truly is an exceptional athlete and role model, and it brings us great pleasure to welcome him to K2,” concluded Ellefson. “We look forward to working with Joss and his team, and cannot wait to see how we grow together.”

Sean Pettit Signs Contract Extension with K2 Skis

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Ian Coble photo

SEATTLE, WA (November 1, 2016) — Sean Pettit was a child stuck in a pro skier’s body when he initially signed his first contract with K2 Skis at age 12 in 2004. Now, 12 years later, he is one of the most well-known, progressive and dominant influencers on snow. K2 Skis announced a continuation of Pettit’s contract with the Factory Team this week, further positioning him as a premier athlete that will help build the future of the K2 brand.

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Alex O’Brien photo

“K2 has a history of discovering the greatest talents in skiing and helping them develop their careers to reach legend status,” said Hunter Waldron, K2 Sports Global Brand Director. “Sean is on that track. He is part of the family and a big part of our future. He represents everything our company is about. Our goal is to inspire people to get out and enjoy skiing. Sean does that better than anyone. His level of skiing and personality give momentum to our brand and the sport.”

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Alex O’Brien photo

Pettit, who was born in Ottawa and then moved to Whistler, B.C. as a pre-teen to pursue skiing, was first spotted at a local contest and signed by K2. “I didn’t even know what a contract was. I was 12. It was probably the first time I got to use my signature outside of elementary school,” stated Pettit. “If the contract said ‘you will get free skis’ I would have been sold, but it was more than that and has continued to be a major part of my career.”

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Over the past decade Pettit has medalled at numerous comps, and has been awarded with the “male skier of the year” award multiple times for his performance in many films. “It’s crazy to be with a brand for half your lifetime,” Pettit commented. “I feel like I’ve grown up with K2 as a childhood friend. I met the brand reps and got my first pair of K2 skis when I was 11. Ever since then we’ve been able to grow together and adapt to how riding styles have evolved. We’ve come a long way.”

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Through his agreement with K2, Pettit will continue to be a major player in R&D and graphic development for the brand in addition to representing K2 on the mountain. “Along with his skiing progression, Sean has greatly contributed to the development of a number of breakthrough ski models and technologies over the years and we are excited to see what his brain will come up with next,” Waldron said.

SCOPING LINES—Pep Fujas and Sean Pettit

This past winter we made the pilgrimage to the powder Mecca, Utah, to link up with Factory Team leader Pep Fujas. Sean Pettit also came on board as Pep showed us around his home resorts of Snowbird and Alta, followed by some heli time with our friends at Powderbird. Pep and Sean served up their signature high speed, smooth yet aggressive style and we can’t wait to go back for more. | Filmed & edited by Nick Meilleur | Music: “Method” by Bugseed

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