Lexi DuPont, flew back from China for the premiere of Wintervention in Boulder, Colorado. DuPont, a Warren Miller athlete and University of Colorado student, has been on a semester at sea program. She hadn’t seen any of the footage, not even a trailer, because the internet on the massive ship she was sharing with several hundred students had spotty service. Needless to say, she was pretty excited to see herself on screen for the first time.
DuPont, of Sun Valley, Idaho, is humble in the face of success. She attributes her recent pro-freeskier status to timing and several supportive women. She’s been surrounded by influential and aggressive female freeskiers since she was born. Lexi’s mom, Holley Dupont, was the first woman in the world to do a backflip on skis. Lynsey Dyer was her babysitter, and last year she lived with Subaru Freeskiing World Tour athlete, Jacqui Edgerly. She told us about switching from racing to freesking, and what it sounds like to hear your own voice in a movie theater.
Any thoughts after seeing yourself on screen for the first time?
I’m really proud of how all the footage came out, especially the polar bear shots in Norway. It was such a great experience and I’m very happy to have been able to share it with my family who flew in and all my friends in Boulder.
How long have you been dreaming of being in a ski movie?
I remember being very small and standing on chairs and screaming my head off for all the Warren Miller premieres. Seeing myself on the screen was surreal. I can’t believe I’m the one who gets people stoked on skiing this season. But it was still weird. I was hiding in my boyfriend’s shoulder the whole night. It was embarrassing to hear my voice through the speakers.
What do you say to the little girls watching ladies like yourself, Karine Falck-Petersen, and Lorraine Huber in Warren Miller movies?
It’s so cliché to say follow your dreams, but I never thought I’d be in a Warren Miller film. I’ve followed my passion for skiing. So, for all the little girls watching, keep skiing and doing what you love to do and do it with people who you can share it with. Anything is possible. And we need more girls out there, so go for it.
Any words of wisdom for the women watching you who can relate to your background in racing, and may be looking to challenge themselves or progress their skiing.
Compete in a couple big mountain events, even if you don’t do well the first time. My first competition (which was 2009 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifiers in Telluride) was so much fun. The freeskiing community is amazing. Everyone is so encouraging. Not only are the girls supportive, but the boys are, too. All the guys seem to take the girls under their wings. You slip lines with each other. And they push you, they’ll tell you can do this, and your like, “ahh, I don think I can,” but then they do it and show you that you can. Everyone is loving the sport and each other and together we grow.
What was the worst and best day of filming?
Worst —I had been training in Crested Butte and was in great shape when I left for Norway. The first day out, I was super excited so I hiked up way too quick and ended up getting soaked in sweat. It was -20 so my sweat froze. I was so cold. I became hypothermic and had to stay in a sleeping bag for two days. I definitely learned a lot. You really have to take care of yourself up there.
Best—My favorite moment was the last day in Norway, the fog was coming in from the ocean and it was like watching the earth breath. I was standing at the top of the line I was about to ski by myself and it was 2 a.m. because the sun never set. There were no planes and hardly any birds; it was so calm and quiet. And of course seeing a polar bear mama with two babies was awesome. It was also sad though, because the ice cap melt was noticeable. We were only there for 12 days, but we had to tow all the snowmobiles back because there was two feet of water and if we had left a couple days later we would have needed a helicopter to get back.
You can see Lexi on screen in Wintervention.