Anna had spent most of her professional life in the terrain park before moving to Whistler to “just ski powder” after the Olympic Games. She soon found herself drawn out of the park and into the hills for some serious mountain-style schooling. Whistler’s mammoth terrain, both in and out of the resort, is a learning ground for the world’s best. You don’t tame Whistler, Whistler tames you.
“Having respect as a professional slopestyle skier doesn’t make you a good backcountry partner” explains Anna of her early Whistler days. “I had to learn a lot, then prove I was serious because it’s wilder out here. I hadn’t skied really steep slopes before, I didn’t know about sluff management, or how to pack for a hut trip, or how long ski tour days really are and the techniques to be efficient when skiing.”