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.”