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Athlete Bio

Elyse Saugstad



Name Elyse Saugstad

Hometown: Girdwood, AK & Olympic Valley, CA

Mountain(s) you learned on: Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK

Favorite mountain: Alyeska Resort

Age when you put on your first pair of skis: 3

Something you never get on the mountain without: Stoke to be outside and skiing.


Where would you like to ski that you haven’t been to before?
I would like to explore more mountains in Alaska, there are ranges I have never been in. I'd like to do more skiing in the Alps as well.

Who has been the biggest influence to you in your ski career?
Cody Townsend - I admire his dedication, hard work and unrelenting passion for skiing. He's also been a mentor and a supporter who has over time help instill confidence in my abilities.

Where is your absolute favorite spot for après-ski?
It's a close tie between The Sitzmark at Alyeska and Le Chamois at Squaw Valley.

What is the worst skiing injury you have ever had?
I've had plenty of injuries from knee ligament tears, bone fractures, concussions, rib dislocations- but I've never had to have surgery so, knock on wood, I consider myself pretty lucky!

What is something you wish you had more time for outside of skiing?

How do you stay in shape for skiing in the off-season?
By doing tons of other sports like surfing, mountain biking, yoga, fishing (good exercise for the mind- focusing, relaxing, and learning patience), and hiking. To top it off I spend several days a week hitting up the gym for weight training, TRX and doing The Bar Effect for strength training and conditioning.

What was the highlight of filming the Montana segment for Ticket to Ride?
Getting to ski with two other really rad female skiers who rip at skiing. I cherish having the time to ski with other women because I am usually the only female in the group when I'm filming.

What is the one thing you look forward to most after a long day on the mountain?
Relaxation- and it's reached reached by doing yoga, having a beer with friends, or hanging on the couch with a book or catching a football game.