- 2nd US Open, Slopestyle
- 1st US Open Creative Night Jam
- 3rd US Winter X Games, Slopestyle
- 1st US Open, Rail Jam
- 3rd TTR Overall
- 3rd Burton Global Open, Series
- Bronze Medal Torino Olympics, Halfpipe
OTHER PLACES TO FIND HER
A pioneer of the sport, Kjersti Buaas has been at the top of women's freestyle snowboarding since 2000. Born in Trondheim, Norway, she began snowboarding at age 11 and competing two years later. Her nickname, "Queen of Style", was secured by her run at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where she threw down the biggest, smoothest air-to-fakies ever seen in women's competition. Though she came in fourth, Kjersti followed it up with the bronze at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
Kjersti continues to kill it on the contest circuit, earning podium time on the TTR World Tour, Global Open Series, FIS Halfpipe World Cup, Dew Tour, and many more. She has now turned her attention to slopestyle, and is gearing up for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Beyond snowboarding, Kjersti is a keen filmmaker, organic gardener, aspiring yogi, and photographer. She is always looking to expand her talents and seeks new challenges daily.
Hawaii or Bali
Current fashion obsession?
Purses and headwear
Most terrified of?
People motivated by power
Name a movie you've watched a million times.
My Best Friend's Wedding
Johnny Depp and Matt Bomer from White Collar
Who is your Hero?
People that love and share without expecting anything in return
Every time I learn a new song on my ukulele
Best trip ever?
Camping trip up the California coast last summer
You and your friends like to?
Make art, play music, cook, photograph, film and edit, travel, camp in nature, and share and learn from people we meet along the way
Favorite place to snowboard?
Breckenridge and Sierra at Tahoe
What are you rocking this season?
Fun prints, a yellow base, and smiles all around
Best snowboard movie for inspiration?
"The Art of Flight", Think Thank films, and random clips of my friends
What is your pre-snowboarding routine?
Best pre-riding breakfast?
Organic eggs with vegetables
What tunes get you pumped for a pow day?
The Shins "New Slang", Sondre Lerche "Modern Nature", Madeleine Peyroux "Smile"
Contest or filming?
The beauty of snowboarding is that I don't feel like I have to choose... Our industry is special in the way it allows riders to flow in and out of different disciplines. Contests are fun because they host an environment that makes me want to progress. Filming has its own charm and I would love to dive more into the culture of backcountry riding.
In five years who do you hope to be?
Still growing and learning
What advice would you give to girls who want to come up in snowboarding?
Be confident and follow your heart!