Rad Ladies Profile: Michelle Brazier

Michelle Brazier

Ski or Board:  Ski
Favorite Ski/Board to ride: Salomon Rockette 115
Sponsors:  SkiBig3 and I’m an ambassador for SheJumps
How many days do you get out each season?
Give or take at least 60 at the resort and maybe 30 in the backcountry
What is your favorite run: 
@ Sunshine – Engler’s chute, Wild West
@ Norquay – Boundary Bowl
@ Lake Louise – ER3

What is your first memory of Skiing/Snowboarding?

I started skiing when I was 3, so I can’t really remember life before skiing.  I do remember my Dad helping me pizza between his legs and lifting me up so I could load the chairlifts.  Apparently he tied an old water ski rope to my waist to steer me and apparently I used to get mad at him for pulling on it to slow me down.

What is it about the mountains that calls to you?

The mountains are my happy place.  It’s where everything makes sense and I can be my truest self.  My adventures in the mountains serve as a huge source of personal joy and purpose while they also challenge and humble me at the same time.

What is your best memory of skiing? (or proudest moment/accomplishment)

My first ski touring expedition was to Baffin Island, Nunavut in the spring of 2015.  We lived and camped on the sea ice of the remote and frigid Sam Ford Fjord zone where we skied some of the world’s most aesthetic couloirs, including the Polar Star Couloir, which is in 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America.

What is the most challenging moment you’ve faced as a skier/boarder?

I can’t think of a specific moment, but for me it’s all about the mental game.  I ski because it’s fun and it’s what I love, but there are definitely times when I’m touring up a skin track or about to drop in to a gnarly line and the hardest part is trying not to take myself too seriously and reminding myself that I can do it!

Why do you think it is important for the ladies to represent and get out there on the slopes?

I think it’s important to ignite the stoke in women so they can feel empowered and involved in the mountains.

What do you love about living in Banff?  

I love the sense of community and belonging that comes from living in the Rockies.

Word of wisdom to the next generation of skiers/snowboarders?

Do or do not. There is no try.


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