Ski freeride
Freeride - 32 years

Mali Noyes Freeskier

Q: When did you start your sport? How did you get into it? 

A: I grew up as a nordic ski racer but after completing my collegiate nordic career, I moved to Crested Butte with my mom's hand-me-down skis and boots to be a "ski bum." The next winter I randomly entered a freeride competition, finishing second and propelling me into more competition. The following year, just three years after starting to downhill ski, I won the North American Freeride World Tour Qualifiers and earned a spot on the 2016 Freeride World Tour. 

Q: The greatest challenge and gift your sport has provided.  

A: The people. It is through skiing that I have met and grown some of my closest friendships. As I have learned, skiing isn't about skiing, it's about the people. It can be the best powder day, but in bad company, it isn't going to be a good day. Reversely, it can be raining on ice, but in good company, it can be one of the best days.

Q: Fun fact that most people would never know about you. 

A: When not in my contacts, I wear really really thick glasses. So thick that if I drop them on the ground, I am on my hands and knees feeling for them.

Q: Why Julbo? What is most appealing about Julbo as a brand? What excites you about the brand? What separates Julbo from other eyewear companies?

A:  For me, Julbo is about top quality of lenses and eyewear as well as the intimate and close family feel of everyone at Julbo, from the owner of Julbo to all the talented athletes, I am excited to work and ski with everyone at Julbo.

Q: Sweet or salty? 

A: Both. PayDay candy bar is one of my favorite long ski tour and running snacks.

Q: One piece of advice for someone looking to get into the sport competitively, professionally, etc

A: Have fun. When it's fun you can't help but want to ski everyday for as long as possible, and with putting in so much time, you can't help but get better and more experienced.

Q: When not training or traveling for your sport what do you like to do? 

A: I am going to nursing school (so I can have a career and still ski all the time). In addition to school, I also enjoy writing and running.


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