Top 5 Tips For Female Freeriders
Let’s paint a picture; you have been trekking for 2 hours with your skis on your back, you’re tired and exhausted, but you reach the peak of the mountain, strap on your ski’s and finally get the chance to look across the valley at the spectacular view, the bluebird skies, the fluffy, untouched snow and all your best girlfriends. The pure excitement, nerves and adrenaline as you and your buddies are about to head back down, carving, jumping and gliding your way to the bottom- there isn’t any feeling like it!
Let's Get Prepared Ladies, Top Tips For Freeriding
Freeriding doesn’t have to just be for the daring and fearless guys who you go watch at The Freeride World Tour or from a distance, whilst you look on from the safety of the slopes. Freeriding is for anyone who chases the feeling of adrenaline, who loves to be creative and explore beyond the marked pistes.
If this ladies, describes you and your best girlfriends then take a read at our top 5 tips for female freeriders to ensure, you are up there with the guys freeriding with them best of them! You got this girl!
Let’s begin with an absolute essential item that no rider venturing beyond mark pistes should leave the house without- the avalanche kit. The kit you can easily buy online as a set or rent from the in-resort rental shops, so there is no excuse! Make sure your kit comes with a probe, transceiver and shovel (as a minimum, ideally with an ABS) and it has to be noted that they aren’t interchangeable, they come as a trio, don’t leave one lonely back in the apartment.
Each item of this kit is in case of an avalanche emergency when you are far out away from patrol, and this kit could save someone’s life! On a serious note, don’t be that guy who doesn’t take the kit, as in most resorts if you are caught off-piste without one, your pass could be taken off you.
The right kits are super compact and can fit into your freeride backpack, which we’re sure is looking seriously cool along with your ski jacket and pants.
PS, the phrase “all the gear, no idea” comes to mind for those who don’t follow up with knowledge. Ask a pro to show you and you friends how to use the items to ensure a fun and safe experience for all! Freeride guide, instructors or mountaineers will know how, corner someone at apres ski if you have to!
Always Have a Buddy
Skiing and boarding is best experienced when shared with those you love! There is no better feeling than bombing down the mountain with your crew, riding, learning and bouncing off each other- the same goes for freeriding!
Our tip is that you should always bring a buddy(ies) whenever you go freeriding in the backcountry or even explore off-piste.
Most importantly, always having a freeriding pal that you stick with and look out for, ensures that when you are away from patrolled pistes and the worst happens, such as, you get hurt (or they do), you get lost, bad weather hits or an avalanche begins, that you will always have an extra helping hand. Together you and your crew can get through anything!
Once you are all back down safe and treating yourselves to beers and amaretto hot chocolates, you and the girls will have the best memories, photos and experiences together of your big day on the mountain!
A Quality Ski Jacket
When going freeriding you have to be prepared for anything! The weather may turn, you need a goggle wipe or a cheeky snack on the way down. You have to be more prepared than if you are just spending the day blasting around the groomed pistes of the resort. Our tip to ensure you are well prepared for any eventuality is to have a good quality women’s ski jacket.
When freeriding you need room for movement, waterproofing and lots of easy-access pockets. This may sound simple, but you don’t want your jacket or any other clothing holding you back from having the best ride of your life.
The jacket needs to be insulated enough in case of low temperatures, but be breathable for all the hard work you are putting in. The pockets need to be able to hold anything you may want on the ride down, so you don’t have to stop and grab your rucksack. Of course, we can’t forget the key element is to ensure you have the best, on-trend and stylish jacket, that will make you stand out as you show off your epic skills.
Check The Weather/ Avalanche Risk Reports
Before you and your girlfriends head out for a big day on the mountain, you need to check the local weather and avalanche risk reports. Knowing the weather before you head out on any big ski day is important, so you can prepare for more layers (or less layers), sunglasses or goggles (low light or blue sky lenses). Ideally, every day is a bluebird day! Unfortunately, that’s not always the case so, our tip is to check the weather report and if the weather seems sketchy, then it’s safer to stay local.
Along with this, you should know the avalanche risks in the area of backcountry you plan on exploring. You are most likely heading out after a big dump of fresh pow pow to pave your own tracks in, but this fresh snow can also lead to an increased risk of the avalanches. Don’t get caught out and pick a good day that will make your adventure unforgettable!
Plan Your Route
Even the best, professional and epic freeriders out there will never just head out and hope for the best lines to appear, they will have planned their epic route. If you are planning on heading to explore new territory of backcountry you are unfamiliar with, you will feel your best and most confident if you know what to expect when riding.
Online there should be maps of the mountain and the best freeride spots so you can check them out before you even get there. You can ensure you and your buddies can have the funnest, fluffiest and most exciting way down the mountain if you know where the big jumps, the crevasses and the valleys are. The backcountry will always be an unknown and confusing territory, so make sure you know your way back to the bottom.
So, there you have our top 5 tips for females freeriders wanting to join the guys at the peak of the mountain.
These top 5 tips may seem serious and perhaps daunting but the truth is freeriding takes skiing and boarding to a whole new level. Veering away from the piste and patrolled areas means you are subject to the mountain and the elements.
The best stories you and your buddies will tell are those where you were prepared and breezed it down an epic line through the untouched powder.
The boys will step aside and watch you ladies absolutely smash it as we show them how to conquer the mountain!
Hey, I’m Angelica A Pro Freerider and content producer. I love to write about adventures, inspire people to get outside and discover. Lover of big mountain snowboarding, wine and dogs!