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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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International Women’s Ski Day 2016 Recap!

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International Women’s Ski Day is a wrap! Thanks so much to all the women who contributed to make it amazing. While IWSD events occurred in many places all over the world, here are a few recaps.

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Aspen! Laura Merino ripping around, photo by Jordan Curet. We had lots of people out skiing for International Woman’s ski day, and I was skiing around with different girls all day. It was, however, one of the biggest powder days that Aspen has seen! They reported 18 inches or so and it was snowing and socked in a haze of fog almost the entire day, so it was hard to keep track of people, let alone take a lot of pictures. Super fun day!!

Crystal Mountain! This event was put on by our good friends at SheJumps. Great snow, cold temps and a fun crew were on the menu and everyone had a blast. Congrats to our raffle winners who won K2 Fulluvit 95 skis and a K2 First Lite snowboard.

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Stevens PassOver 15 diverse women headed to the pass to celebrate IWSD while braving below normal temperatures.   Thanks to a ton of support from Stevens Pass, we were able to offer discounted ski and snowboard lessons to 10 ladies which were taught by women for women.  Another group of 6 took off to adventure around the resort in the morning to then reconvene as a full group for lunch in the lodge.  It was an awesome day where women had the opportunity to ski and ride with a diverse group of ladies both in age and cultural background.  

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Europe! Our athletes and Alliance ambassadors enjoyed sun, snow and après throughout the continent. Here are K2 women having a roaring good time in Garmisch, Zauchensee & Ischgl.

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Vail! Huge powder day, 5 degrees and tough driving but  our stalwart K2 women made it in time for some great turns. Big thanks to Kim Reichhelm for her amazing help, as always!

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Kirkwood—Awesome turnout at Kirkwood – 20 women in all! We split up into an advanced/expert group and an intermediate group. The advanced/expert group headed straight up Chair 6 at Kirkwood to an ungroomed steep run and ripped it, egging each other on! We raced each other down the groomer to ski the wind buff on Chair 10. Everyone loved the snow so much on that run we all cheered when it was suggested to do it again. Amy led the intermediate group and Leigh and her daughter joined them – they worked their way up from the groomers on Chairs 5 and 11 to some off piste runs and finished with a run on chair 6. Because women are supreme multi-taskers, our group had to splinter around lunch for various obligations, but everyone made new friends and hopes to ski with a big group of women soon! –Meghan Kellyimg_7536 img_7564 img_7565

Taos, New Mexico—A theme of this year’s IWSD seems to be bitingly cold temperatures.

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It was so cold that only half the ladies showed up for the group photo!

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We had a clinic on how to wax your skis. Taos Ski Valley, Columbine Inn Friday night.

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This was a hit.  We had also a beer and ice cream pairing (New Belgium Brewing Ice Cream Social) and we showed Teton Gravity Research Tight Loose movie. 

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Sunday we repeated all the ski clinics and finished off the IWSD weekend with a Apres-Ski Guided Meditation.  Fun weekend! –Susie Geilenfeldt

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Alpental—It was COLD on Saturday, but still had so much fun with the ladies that came out.  We had about 10 women total and we took a few runs on chair 1 and 2 then went in to have a warm up beverage and did a “cheers” to International Women’s Ski Day. -Jen-ai DeCano

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Attitash—It was another successful IWSD! This year K2 New England partnered with Attitash Mountain Resort and the event was held at Bear Peak. The location was ideal – the event demo was close to the lift and lodge. It was easy for us to set up the tent and registration room in advance. We were given dedicated space in the lodge for registration, getting ready and storing our gear. Attitash was great to work with during the development. They gave us discounted tickets (only for IWSD participants) that the ladies could purchase at the event registration.

The weather was amazing with beautiful flakes throughout the day that made for some pretty sweet snowy conditions! Even though we were at a different resort this year – we had many repeat participants from previous IWSD’s. Registration was from 9-10. In order to be part of the official Après party and be eligible for games, raffle prizes and giveaways participants needed to sign-in with us – this also allowed us to capture their information to use for future promotions and events. Participants that needed tickets bought them through us and those that wanted to demo skis also filled out the necessary forms and received their binding settings before heading out to the K2 tent.

Everyone gathered at 10 AM; we made introductions to the K2 Alliance team and talked about the meaning of the day. All dressed and booted up, a certified yoga instructor and skier lead us through a short on-snow yoga and active stretch for injury prevention. All fired up, demo skis dialed in – we all headed up the lift to rip some turns together.

We all met for lunch at the Den pub for some food and to try out our IWSD signature cocktail. Then we met Santa for a quick photo and back out on the hill for more turns. Things wrapped up with our Apres party. We played “pin the goggles on DJ mullet (see photos)”; voted on the best name for our signature IWSD drink (the winning name was: Skigaritta; runner up: Mexican K2 timer) and did raffle prizes. Good times!

There is nothing like this event. The lady stoke is always so amazing to see and experience. Something about having a dedicated ski event just for the women to share their passion for the sport takes away social barriers and age stigma, creates a comfortable space for all abilities to feel relaxed amongst peers, and builds friendships.

Sarah Baer and her daughter Michaela joined us for the day – she saw the advertising for the event and met us for the first time at registration. This is what she had to say: “What a great event! Got to ski with some great ladies, and even met a new friend! Good exposure for my daughter to see the benefit of having fellow women who are committed to skiing together.”

Thanks to all the women who came together to enjoy the mountains. We’re already looking forward to next year!