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Get To Know K2 Pro Amie Engerbretson

Happy hour
Happy hour, tailgate style.

K2 pro Amie Engerbretson is one of the top skiers in the world, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the K2 squad.  From her first days on skis, to her latest global adventures, Amie answers YOUR questions about what motivates her, her favorite places to ski, and even what’s on her road trip playlist.

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.
Amie with that 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! 

Face shots + bluebird = heaven
Face shots + bluebird = heaven.

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!

Amie bus

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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SheJumps Get The Girls Out at Crystal Mountain

Enter the SheJumps Beluved 78ti Contest!

To get even more women out on the slopes, we are giving away a pair of K2 Beluved 78ti System Skis with Marker ER3 10 bindings! Enter below for your chance to win. Full contest rules here.

SheJumps Get The Girls Out at Crystal Mountain

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Words by Krystin Norman | Photos by Ryan French — Get The Girls Out (GTGO) at Crystal Mountain Resort  is the original event that first got me interested in volunteering with SheJumps. SheJumps (SJ) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities.

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When I first moved to Seattle, I didn’t know any female skiers in the area and wasn’t sure how to find ladies who shared my passion for skiing and adventure. After learning about SJ through my friend Yulia and deciding to volunteer as a regional ambassador, I experienced one of the most fun winter seasons of my life full of friends and SJ events: ski tune-ups and stoke parties at K2 Headquarters in Seattle, International Women’s Ski Day, all-women’s avalanche awareness talks, plenty of resort skiing and backcountry adventures with shred friends, and the pinnacle of a season of stoke…GTGO at Crystal Mountain.

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After the 2015 GTGO was cancelled due to significantly below-average snowpack, GTGO 2016 lived up to all that it had been in my mind. It was a day of skiing, riding, smiles, and laughing in the sunshine with tons of stoked ladies with a common passion for skiing, snowboarding, and being on snow in the mountains.

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This past weekend on Sunday, March 12th, 2017, I attended my second GTGO event at Crystal Mountain. When the weather forecast called for warm temps and precipitation, I was super worried that GTGO 2017 would be a day of pouring rain, low stoke, not much skiing, and a really really soggy Krystin in a narwhal onesie costume. Fortunately, the stars (or clouds) aligned and the weather held up for the whole day.

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After helping with registration and admiring all of the neon-retro, tutu-tastic, and majestic animal onesie outfits being sported by the smiling women and little girls who came out for the event, the ladies hit the slopes in full force. As a Crystal Mountain Freeride Team coach for the 16/17 season, I decided to volunteer by teaching an “Intro to Freeride Skiing” clinic for the morning. I would say that spending the whole morning explaining the elements of freeride skiing to 8 women and finding interesting terrain to ski was difficult, but it absolutely wasn’t. Each of the ladies who attended my mini-clinic were a joy to ski with. I could feel so many vibes of excitement and encouragement between everyone in the group as we focused on body awareness, line-choice, fluidity, and working up the courage and foresight to safely hit natural jump and cliff features on the hill.

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When we took a break for lunch, some of the women told me that they were definitely planning to go back to the same spots we had skied that morning to keep practicing in steep terrain and hopefully hit some bigger drops next time! Hearing that much enthusiasm and sense of excitement to challenge oneself is a part of coaching that is so incredibly satisfying and rewarding.

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After lunch, Crystal Ski Patrol gave a talk about avalanche and snow safety, and the rest of the day was spent freeskiing with new and familiar friends. I believe at one point we had 20+ women mobbing down Powder Bowl and through the terrain park all at once!

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Meanwhile, there were groups skiing with tunes blasting, a scavenger hunt, kids lessons, a piñata, and games for the little kiddies.

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The day was topped off with a fundraising gear raffle, packed with tons of prizes for the little ladies and some super sweet donations from our event partners like puffy jackets, helmets, outerwear, and some lucky women even went home with brand new pairs of K2 women’s specific skis!

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Overall, Crystal GTGO was a huge success thanks to amazing support from so many local companies and partners, the awesome rock-star volunteers who helped make everything happen, and because so many women and little girls came out to the mountain for a day of pure fun on the slopes.

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To anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in a SheJumps event, especially our Get The Girls Out events, I highly encourage you to add one to your calendar. Not only are these events a great way to make new friends to adventure outside with, but they are a chance to feel support from the outdoor women’s community and take the jump to challenge yourself, progress, and have so much fun outside with other inspiring women.