Name: Claire Abbe Brown
Profession: Publisher of SkiRacing.com
Hobbies: Exploring new places, mountain biking, photography, fly-fishing, golf, happy hour
Biggest Passion: Being outside
How you got in to skiing: My dad was a ski instructor and had my brother and I on skis at two years old at a small, special place in Minnesota called Buck Hill. Since there isn’t much else to explore on the hill besides slalom gates, I began racing and competed for the Buck Hill Ski Team through high school under legendary coach Erich Sailer. I went on to compete NCAA for the University of Denver where I studied finance and marketing, became an all American, and helped our team bring home a couple of national championships. After graduating I moved to Park City, Utah and started my career at SkiRacing.com. I’m fortunate now to call the mountains my playground as well as my office.
Why do you ski?
For me, there are few other activities that allow me to be present and fully embrace the moment and take in my surroundings. Whether I’m standing at the top of the Super C overlooking the Andes or the start ramp at Buck Hill looking at the Minneapolis skyline, skiing has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the world. Being able to look out, breathe the air, and to be fully in touch with my surroundings - skiing allows me to have a state of focus that encompasses a total togetherness of body and mind.
It’s a new experience every time I click into my bindings and there is always something new you can learn. You can never master it and I love the challenge. I’ve made amazing friendships and have learned a lot of powerful life lessons that have served me well in every aspect of life - commitment, confidence, independence, trust, taking ownership, being able to adapt to changing situations, risk taking, etc. I’ve discovered that I really love all forms of skiing and it’s become a way of life for me.
What the Women to Women project means to you:
Through this project I hope to inspire and empower women to ski and have amazing experiences like we do. I think a lot of that is tied to equipment. The sport is lucky to have brands like Blizzard and Tecnica that are continually learning, improving and coming out with new technologies to enhance our experiences, especially specific to women. I hope we can successfully help reach women through this initiative because its all something we truly believe in.
Women understand what they want but also
have an open mind to new ideas and directions that
will improve, elevate and expande their horizons.