Top Ranked Pro Freeride Skier and Alumna To Talk Snow Awareness At Gould
Top ranked professional freeride skier and Gould Academy alumna Jackie Paaso ’00 will talk about her current Snow Awareness Project Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Bingham Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public. It will also be live streamed on Gould’s UStream Channel.
Paaso’s Snow Awareness Project addresses two issues that are affecting the snow sports industry – climate change and avalanche education. Paaso will discuss her first hand experience with climate change and her work as an “I Am Pro Snow” ambassador – a partnership between Warren Miller Entertainment and the Climate Reality Project.
“It’s one thing to hear about global warming, but when you see it make a significant impact in an area it really gets you thinking, ‘how can I help?’,” says Paaso.
Paaso will also discuss her passion for raising awareness on the importance of avalanche education. In 2012 she became involved in Squaw Valley’s Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety (SAFE AS) initiative, where she shares her knowledge in introductory avalanche and snow safety clinics for women.
“With the development of new gear that is making it easier for people to get out into backcountry, more incidents are happening every winter,” she says.
A Bethel, ME native, Paaso has been competing on the Freeride World Tour (FWT) for the last four years. Currently, she is the top ranked North American skier and third in the world on the FWT. In 2012 she starred in Warren Miller Entertainment’s Flow State.
Watch Jackie Paaso’s winning line at the 2010 NISSAN Tram Face at Squaw Valley.