Wild Women of the Wasatch is back! This is Ski Utah guest blogger, Amy David, and I’m continually inspired by the abundance of mountain women I interact with in the Wasatch Range who are talented, knowledgeable, and many who clock into work while slope side. This episode features gals who have developed their careers in the mountains; those who have the will to do and the soul to dare.
There is a multitude of careers people can chase to spend the majority of their time in the outdoors. In the Wasatch Range, there is a strong female representation in a variety of “steep jobs.” I’ve spoken to helicopter nurses, ski patrol, backcountry forecasters, snow scientists, ski instructors, snowcat drivers, search and rescue, adventure photographers/videographers, professional athletes, ski resort lifties, mountain guides, and many more.
There are three women in particular I got to spend some one-on-one time with to learn more about their work life in the mountains. I find them very inspiring and think you will, too! To read the full article about these ladies, click here.
Meet Evelyn Lees:
She’s been a backcountry forecaster for the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center for 25 years, and she's very active in the education realm of her avalanche work. She has taught many avalanche courses and is a well known face in women’s specific snow events. In addition to her days spent in the snowy Wasatch as a backcountry forecaster, Evelyn is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified alpine guide and is an accomplished climber and mountaineer across the world.
For women wanting to get outdoors, the best advice I could give them is choose your own adventure. Take control of your own trips, and say this is what I want to do and where I want to do it, and start exactly where you want.
Meet Kylie Fly:
Kylie is an adventure photographer who has traveled the world taking photos and writing stories about incredible places and people. As a globetrotter with camera in hand, she now calls Salt Lake City home base, and Brighton Resort is her regular office. By office I mean, the mountain she gets to ski almost daily to take ski photos around the resort. Her natural tendency of philanthropy is seen through the early years of her photography where she spent time volunteering to create humanitarian documentaries about communities in Haiti, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Peru, Ecuador, and Guatemala.
Photography is my tool and writing is my voice. I am committed to exploring cultures and the vast spaces of the world. My photography focuses heavily on this exact mission - to examine the intimacy of relationships between both people and places that we come to know and love
Meet Amanda King:
Amanda is a ski patroller at Powder Mountain (her childhood dream job), and she’s in the final stages of completing paramedic school. Before becoming a ski patroller, Amanda joined the army with initial motivations for the free education going into college. Years later, she served in Italy and Afghanistan. Her major role in Afghanistan was in relation to the cultural differences in gender relations. She would speak with the Afghan women and children as the western female while the men on her team would speak with the Afghan men during the missions. Inspired by a friend who died down range on a mission, Amanda is completing paramedic school. She describes how paramedic school has given her the tools to fully understand the next level of care for people to follow up the work as a first responder on the mountain.
Thank you to everyone who enjoys meeting the Wild Women of the Wasatch! Stay tuned for the next episode featuring women who were pioneers in the local ski community. Thank you to Ski Utah for sharing the stories of gals getting after it and to @croshanemedia for joining the adventure to film/edit! Until next time, keep up with my adventures on Instagram @AmyJaneDavid.
Did you miss the other Wild Women of the Wasatch series?
Watch Ep01: Adaptive Sports
Watch Ep02: Chicks Who Rip
Watch Ep03: Dawn Till Dark
Watch Ep04: Escape the Heat
Watch Ep05: Mountain Canine Companions