You recently moved to Jackson Hole. What made you decide to move and how would you compare the skiing and lifestyle here to other places you’ve been?
Jackson is one of a kind. The terrain, the access, the people and the snow make it my favorite spot to call home. It is an extraordinary place with a deeply talented community; I love being a part of it, and being surrounded by so many inspiring athletes.
What’s a perfect day in Jackson Hole for Kim Havell?
There are many variations to this one but a tram ride up and a fresh run down, with great friends, is one of the best. It just snowed 14 inches overnight, it’s bluebird and you’re cruising up on the first Tram. What’s your gameplan from here? Depends on stability but I'd say a few hot laps from the top and/or somewhere mid-mountain, then perhaps a move out to Granite or Four Pines with great partners. If it's a busy day, maybe a fast lap out Cody or a quick tour out to Cardiac Ridge.
A big element of your skiing seems to be skiing the backcountry in Grand Teton National Park and you were the first woman to ski the Otterbody Route on the Grand Teton this spring. Was this a longtime goal for you? How did you get started in backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering?
It's nice to get creative with your days. GTNP offers a lot of opportunity to experience wild, big lines. My goals are always to get into new terrain and to challenge myself, whether it be on or near JHMR or deeper in the park. I like to see what's possible. I first learned to backcountry ski in the San Juans/Telluride as the mountains in the area offer a lot of variety for its locals.
*Take a look at Kim Skiing the Otterbody in the video below. More photos and words can be found here.
You went on a pretty incredible ski trip to the Arctic Circle this past spring. Can you tell us a little about the trip and where we can read more about it?
Incredible trip filled with ski exploration in the far Northern reaches of our planet. We found some mind-blowing terrain. Here's a quick interview at ESPN. I also just wrote a story on it for Freeskier's Backcountry Issue coming out later this year (2013).
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In addition to being a professional skier and being the subject of photos, you capture some incredible shots when you are the one playing photographer. Do you have any tips for people looking to shoot great photos of their friends while they’re out skiing?
Thanks! I'd say practice makes perfect and if you love skiing, your passion for it will show through your shots. An iphone and/or a small, versatile camera will go a long way.. i.e. the Canon S100.
What do you have planned for this upcoming winter?
Looking forward to a lot of skiing at JHMR, and have a few fun ideas/plans for GTNP. Headed to Argentina and Antarctica later this fall, perhaps the Himalaya, and possible trips to Greenland, China and elsewhere later in 2014. And, maybe some filming with Salomon Freeski TV and others along the way.
Kim's Sponsors: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Salomon Freeski, Backcountry.com, Osprey Packs, Black Diamond Equipment, SUUNTO USA, Probar, BUFF USA, WIDSIX, Mountain Athlete, SOLIO, IO/BIO Merino, ICE AXE Expeditions, DFP Insoles/Bootsie
Check out some videos featuring Kim's adventures:
Skiing in Morocco with Salomon Freeski TV:
Ski Touring in the Selkirk Range (British Columbia)