For the next three days I’ll be riding powder, dropping cliffs and looking for fun pillow lines at Chatter Creek, BC. I’m up here riding with Kelly Clark and shooting with Cole Barash for my next year Oakley ads. The lodge is amazing, the snow is fun and deep so be on the look out for some amazing photos from this trip!
For the month of March, Oakley with be hosting their very own Progression Sessions weekends. There are four 2-day Progression Sessions designed to instruct and inspire girls looking to get better at skiing and snowboarding. You can ride with coaches and some of Oakley’s women’s pro team. Pretty cool! I’ll be at the last one, March 26-27 in Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA. Come out and join me for some spring riding in Tahoe! Click here for more info about the sessions! http://www.oakleyprogressionsessions.com/
I’m back in Aspen after spending an amazing weekend in the back woods of Washington. I headed up to Mt. Baker for the Legendary Baker Banked Slalom to ride some old school banks, get a few powder turns and have a look back at what the contest scene used to be like. At this event, there is no prize money, no TV crews, no media hoopla or fancy energy drinks. This event is all about snowboarding and having fun with your friends with a little competition too. Click here to see the official site and see some of the amazing happenings from the weekend and if you’re free next February come on up to Mt. Baker and ride the banks with me.
Since the first go around was such a success I figured why stop there, why not get more people on board to kick the plastic habit! This time around I am reaching out to my community and asking that all of my fellow X-Games athletes and fellow shredders join me in doing something about the climate crisis. Starting today and continuing on throughout X-games we’ll no longer be using….
- plastic water bottles……using a reusable one instead
- plastic bags……bringing our own to the grocery store and market
- Styrofoam containers….using tinfoil or bringing our own reusable containers
So let the challenge begin, I’ll also be giving out prizes to the best stories from the 21 Day Challenge through my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/gretchenbleiler and will be tweeting up a storm with the #reusablechallenge so we encourage you to do the same and help us make a bigger impact by encouraging your communities too! Good Luck!
The second monthly installment of my blog is up and ready for your reading enjoyment on ESPNW.com. We’re kicking off a new year with new resolutions and new inspirations and here are a few of mine http://espn.go.com/espnw/blog/_/post/5987167/gretchen-bleiler-shares-resolutions Happy New Year!
Jeremy Jones, legendary big mountain shredder and founder of Protect Our Winters, and I wrote and op-ed article for the Denver Post discussing the climate crisis and what we can do to make a difference in the new year. Give it a READ and contact your congress people to help us protect our winters and keep the winter in wintertime! Happy New Year!
I’m back in Aspen for the holidays riding the XGames pipe at Buttermilk and waiting for those classic Aspen powder days. Wishing all of you a very merry holiday season with lots of snow and wintertime fun!