Be­hind the pages of SKI, as told by our con­tribut­ing writ­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers.

It was dur­ing last Jan­uary’s Women’s March in down­town Den­ver when writer and pho­tog­ra­pher CRYS­TAL SA­GAN got the in­spi­ra­tion for our “#BossLady” fea­ture. “I re­al­ized that I had a plat­form to tell the sto­ries of women who have per­sisted and over­come in the name of their pas­sion, ski­ing,” she says. “I started look­ing for the in­side scoop on badass women who are lead­ing a charge, whether they re­al­ize it or not. In the end, I had more amaz­ing women in lead­er­ship roles within the ski in­dus­try than space to cover them.”

“#BossLady” (page 68) pro­files five women tak­ing charge in the ski in­dus­try, crush­ing stereo­types, and prov­ing that fe­males can thrive in a largely male-dom­i­nated world. Sa­gan, who also shot the photo for the opener—three top­less women on a peak in Revel­stoke—was con­flicted when that im­age was cho­sen to run. “On one hand it shows th­ese strong, body-con­fi­dent, zero-f***s-given type of skier babes just shar­ing this rad mo­ment on top of a peak,” says Sa­gan. “On the other hand, it shows top­less women.” She strug­gled with the mes­sag­ing that might con­vey, es­pe­cially af­ter spend­ing a week ski-tour­ing in Ice­land with a group of 15- and 16-year-old high school girls.

“Ul­ti­mately, it was just a mo­ment shared by three tena­cious lady shred­ders cel­e­brat­ing be­ing on top of the world,” says Sa­gan. “I hope any young fe­male skiers see strong and con­fi­dent women when they look at it.”

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