Grete Eliassen has been on the road twice a week this fall promoting her all-female ski movie “Say My Name.” The film features Grete and a crew of other women dropping backcountry lines and hitting huge jumps everywhere from the Wasatch to Washington, D.C.
At one stop, a little girl came up to her and told her how inspired she’d been, and that she wanted to be a skier when she grew up.
That was the whole point of the film.
“That’s been a dream my entire life,” Grete says. “This is actually something women want, and finally now the media is taking a look.”
Grete’s accolades in the ski world are a tick list of X Games medals (back to back Superpipe golds) and world records (highest hip jump air by a women), but pushing women’s skiing in to the spotlight just might be more important to her.
“I was at the point in my career where I could get my sponsors to do this project, and now other girls have that opportunity, too.” Grete says. “It’s crazy what you can do when you get the ball rolling.”
It’s not surprising that she was the one to roll that ball. “She’s so in love with skiing and so dedicated to becoming an all-around skier,” says Suz Graham, who has known Grete since they lived in the same freshman dorm at the University of Utah. “She’s crazy well rounded, and the hardest worker.”-Heather Hansman
Need some Grete-fueled inspiration? You can pick up “Say My Name” on iTunes for $3.99