Maddie Bowman, Gold Medalist Halfpipe Skier, and Hazel Birnbaum, Freeride World Tour Veteran, invited me to join them at Kirkwood Mountain Resort for a day of shredding. We got to know each other and had a hilarious time while recording this episode on many chairlift rides in between laps of fresh, blower, snow under a gorgeous blue California sky.
Maddie and Hazel started, “aggressively hanging out” a couple years ago and you can tell why. Both have spent years traveling the world competing and succeeding at the highest leveli in the separate disciplines of Halfpipe and Big Mountain. Maddie won 5 X Games gold medals and the first Olympic Gold in Women’s halfpipe at the Sochi Games. Hazel has been a staple on the Freeride World Tour for years winning several events including the prestigious, Verbier Extreme.
In-between laps at Kirkwood we chat with the “Wing Women” about everything from Tinder profile advice, their current schooling, Protect Our Winters and politics, mental health, and the importance of snacks!