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#BetheEnd

My name is Francesca and I like to ski.  I was born in the land of beers, brats, lederhosen and yodeling and was first introduced to the K2 brand in Penzberg, Germany at age three. I moved to Jackson, Wyoming for high school and am currently finishing college in Bellingham, Washington. Born in Munich, Germany, to two crazy Euro ski instructors, my upbringing revolved around the mountains and it was clear to me that I would one day like to work in the ski industry. Here I am, 21 years young, shipping skis and boots to athletes all around the world, answering K2 love letters and sticker requests and loving life as the current intern for this ‘serious but fun’ company.

But enough about me, October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I dedicate this month to my good friend Elena. I dedicate it to all who have suffered from breast cancer and to all currently fighting it. I dedicate it to the warriors, the dreamers and to the believers. I dedicate it to loving life with all its ups and downs and I dedicate it to strength. Yes. To strength. To support. To love. And to willpower.

During our first year of high school my friend Elena was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, I wasn’t quite sure what that would mean for her and our friendship. Never had I expected to watch her celebrate birthday year, after year, in the hospital attached to tubes and machines, her body and loving nature shrinking with each passing year.  Although the disease tried to capture her free spirit, this girl taught us one thing I will never forget– the power of indescribable strength and will. A strength that bends but that is never broken.

Everyday, 625 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. It is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is working to ‘prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.’ Only through research can the understanding of cancer be revolutionized and the core of this insidious disease discovered. Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H Lauder, the foundation has raised over $500 million to ‘fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis.’ In 2014-2015, BCRF will award $58.6 million in annual grants to 222 scientists from the most prestigious universities and medical institutions around the world.

The outdoor community strives to help end breast cancer by funding research and supporting athletes and community members in their battle. Here at K2 we believe that it is important to feel and express gratitude for the environment and people that surround us and that it is of even greater importance to support those who may be struggling and unable to enjoy life and the natural forces as we do. We highlight the BCRF ribbon on our women’s skates, boards and skis and have supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with an annual $50,000 donation to fund research since 2002. That’s over $500,000 and counting.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation’s #BetheEnd is grounded in the belief that every person has the power to be the end of breast cancer by supporting research. Purchase a shop pink product, start a fundraiser or share a #BeTheEnd campaign image on social media.

I strongly believe in the significance of being thankful for what we have and continuously fueling ourselves off adrenalin, the outdoors and stoke while also remembering to put our egos aside and support those less fortunate than ourselves. Be the End.

Blog of a K2 Intern – Part 3

 

I know over the course of the past three weeks you have all become dearly attached to me, and I am sad to say that this is the final installment of my blog. Try not to cry.

Skiing so nice you get a forearm tan

Last week, while you were slaving away in your cubicle, I was testing prototype skis at Mt. Bachelor with Mike Hattrup, Andy Mahre, and the K2 Ski engineers. How’s that for job benefits?

In addition to missing out on beautiful bluebird laps in 60-degree weather, you also didn’t get to experience the killer bratwursts I grilled for everybody after the long, exhausting day at work. I’m talking real, boiled in beer and onions, brats.  But you would have been out of luck if you like sauerkraut– I forgot to buy it… Sorry Mrs. Bachmeier.

Today is my final day at K2, so if you’re on Delta Flight 1542 out of Sea-Tac tonight and you see someone covered in tomatoes, then you’ll know that my final presentation didn’t go so well.

In all seriousness, this has been an amazing experience and I want to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone at K2 for making my time here so worthwhile. Keep doing what you guys and gals do.

Deuces Seattle.

-Wyatt

 

Blog of a K2 Intern – Part 2

Hey guys and gals, it’s your favorite marketing intern, here for my second installment of blogging about life at K2.

In case you care to hear an update on my living situation, I’m almost finished with the giant tub of peanut butter I bought at Sam’s club, and I’m carpooling with another intern to work, so now I get to pass all of your hapless souls that can’t use the HOV lane.

If you’re familiar with K2, then you know this guy.

Mullet makes ski boots look as sexy as Kate Upton does cheeseburgers.

I bet you didn’t know that he rides around in this beauty.

Mr. DJ Mullet came by the office the other day to take us out to get cheesesteaks and brought us in the style that K2 employees should have when they go out for cheesesteaks.

Earlier this week, K2 received a batch of T3 avalanche beacons from Backcountry Access (BCA). After setting them up, there was a friendly office competition to find the beacons the fastest. The first two competitors found them in just under 45 seconds. I found it in about 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Avalanche Beacons – Revolutionizing Hide & Seek

Now, you may look at these numbers and call me a loser or inept– and you wouldn’t be wrong, but I wouldn’t say you’re right either. Life is all about consistency. What’s consistent about coming in third place in a drill to save a person’s life? I also came in third place in a three-person ping-pong tourney. Boom. Consistency. That’s what it takes to be a K2 intern.

On a side note, because I lost the beacon search, I had to go get lunch for the whole office and forgot the Global Marketing Manager’s sandwich. Oops.

Wyatt – OUT!

Blog of a K2 Intern – Part 1

What’s up? I’m Wyatt, I like to ski, I’ve never been to Disney World, I hate asparagus, and my little sister’s name is Clare. Stay away.

Enough about me, let’s talk about what its like to intern with K2 Sports. Besides living in a motel that reeks of stale cigarettes, and driving a truck in 85 degree weather with windows that don’t work, it’s a pretty good time. By the way, if you’re one of the people who sends in sticker requests, I implore you to include a note with a self-deprecating joke.

Shout out to Callie for this dope Jellyfish

Earlier in the week I dug through a dusty old storage cage and came across this ski. I’ll skip the history lesson but this is THE ski that started K2, which was pretty f**king cool to hold in person.

Bill Kirshner’s Holiday: The ski that started it all

Reason #3729 why K2 is coolest company to work for: going to the Seahawks practice facility and meeting the person responsible for winning Superbowl XLVIII. And of course, seeing Russell Wilson up close.

Jill: The receptionist responsible for the Seahawks winning Superbowl XLVIII
Close-up view of Russell Wilson practicing

Some of you may be wondering, what is it that makes this kid so great that he landed this dope internship? The answer is simple– I’ve never seen the Notebook. I’m 98% sure that everyone else who applied was forced into seeing it by their girlfriend. Well I don’t have a girlfriend and if I’m going to watch a ‘chick flick’ it’s because I want to dissect Matthew McConaughey’s early work.

K2 Sports. Where work and play become one.

So if you want to see what it’s like to have a bar in your office, then stay away from Ryan Gosling. More to come…