Let’s start with the headline—Kimmy Fasani became the first woman ever to land a double backflip in both park and powder. It was a landmark achievement in the history of riding, but it was no surprise for friends and allies who have been trying to keep up with Kimmy since she won three consecutive USASA national championships while still in high school. It might be her fearless approach to flight, but this longtime Mammoth local is now solidly in the class of girls who are pushing the levels of women’s riding on film and in the backcountry. In 2011, Kimmy not only landed the double back off a fifty-foot booter but she also nabbed Snowboarder’s Ms. Superpark standout award, hung tough with a heavy crew of legends in the Whistler backcountry and was one of three pro women selected to film her own full segment for Standard’s TB20. Her resume includes a stack of published photos, a highlight reel of aerial footage and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, but what impressed us most was that she found the time to get married to longtime boyfriend and pro skier Chris Benchetler in 2011. In 2012 Kimmy continued to go big, heading to Japan to ride pow with the Burton girls, and linking up with Standard to film another awesome part. All while beating out Terje, Jussi, Jeremy, and Stephan at the TWS Shootout to become only the fifth female ever—and first in five years—to land the cover of Transworld.
The Mt. Baker Banked Slalom is legendary! Last weekend marked the 29th year of this coveted event and I am so happy to finally know what it’s all about. A heavy list of professional riders, snowboard industry folk, locals, kids, and families, all g... read more
Riding powder is one of the best feelings in this world. Big carves through open alleys in the trees. Snow, so light and bottomless, it gives your feet the illusion they are floating. Maybe this sounds like a dream, or possibly you’ve been lucky en... read more
After 12 long months of physical therapy, training, and healing, I have not only been cleared to get back on my snowboard this winter, but have checked off a goal that I thought would never happen. My first (sprint length) triathlon is in the books! ... read more
Opening day at Mammoth Mountain has come and gone, and with clearance to get back on a snowboard this day couldn’t have come soon enough. Luckily for me, Mammoth got hit with surprisingly big storm not too long ago and with support from my husband ... read more