Road Trip


SKI - - CONTENTS - By Jessi Hack­ett // Photo by Kalen Thorien

Take a spin in pro skier Kalen Thorien’s pimped-out trailer, her cozy home away from home.

Pro skier Kalen Thorien tech­ni­cally calls Boise, Idaho, “home.” But th­ese days, more ac­cu­rately, her home is “the road” as she heads to her next ski ad­ven­ture. So to ease the stress of trav­el­ing across the coun­try, Thorien pur­chased a camp­ing trailer, dubbed “The Big­foot,” that lets her keep all her fa­vorite pos­ses­sions and con­ve­niences close by. She pulls The Big­foot be­hind a 1986 HJ60 Diesel Toy­ota Land Cruiser named “Fran­cis,” which she picked up in Salt Lake City by way of some­where in Canada. (Yes, Thorien has a thing about nam­ing ve­hi­cles.) When she doesn’t feel like bring­ing her house along for the ride, she trav­els by mo­tor­cy­cle. “A 1993 Har­ley-David­son FXR Su­per Glide. Hands down the best bike that Har­ley ever built,” Thorien says.

The 28-year-old ath­lete has made a name for her­self in big-moun­tain ski­ing, but her many tal­ents and hob­bies have made her a bonafide me­dia star with her In­sta­gram and other so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers. No sur­prise there, as Thorien is an ath­lete, a mu­si­cian, a me­chanic, a pho­tog­ra­pher and an all-around A-list ad­ven­turer.

One of the cool, and le­git, as­pects of Thorien’s love for her badass toys is that she does a good amount of the me­chan­i­cal work on them her­self. “I’m def­i­nitely a daddy’s girl,” she ex­plains. “When I turned 16 he bought me my first car, which just so hap­pened to be a 1974 Jeep CJ5 that didn’t run. He handed me the keys and said, ‘It’s yours. You just have to fix it.’ We spent the sum­mer work­ing on it to­gether and ever since then I’ve been in love with tin­ker­ing and fig­ur­ing out how to fix things. I’m not say­ing I’m an ex­pert, but I’m al­ways ea­ger to ex­pand my knowl­edge in me­chan­ics which is why the mo­tor­cy­cle is go­ing to be a great as­set for learn­ing.”

Cur­rently Thorien has sev­eral projects and trips that will take her on the road this sea­son, which kicks off with her star­ring in this fall’s War­ren Miller film, Line of De­scent.

Her take on life is prob­a­bly what you’d ex­pect from a pro­fes­sional ad­ven­turer who lives in a camper named The Big­foot. “You can plan and craft your fu­ture all you want, but I will say this: As long as you work hard, be nice, and use your head, life is go­ing to be just fine,” Thorien says. “No more ex­cuses my friends, you only get one shot at this, so do it right.”

A pro skier’s no­madic life­style lends it­self per­fectly to a camp­ing trailer like the one Kalen Thorien tows be­hind her Toy­ota Land Cruiser.

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