Her Story: Jessica Sobolowski, Big Mountain Adventures

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Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports + Fitness brings you Her Story, profiles of women like you.

Jessica Sobolowski

Olympic Valley, California

Sports: Skiing, mountain biking, trail running, surfing, triathlon, swimming

Profession: Professional big mountain skier

How I got started in sports: In my family, sports was a part of life. My mom and grandpa taught me how to ski when I was only 4 years old.

Athletic highlights: Member of the first women's team (of two) to ski Pontoon Peak, Chugach Range, Alaska in 2005. Placed first in the 1999 Red Bull Ultra-Cross, second in the 2003 Nissan XTERRA Nevada triathlon, and fifth in the 2005 Donner Lake Triathlon. Appeared in 12 skiing films, and made many first descents in Alaska.

Athletic goals: To encourage more women to try big mountain skiing. I'm leading an all-women's skiing camp this season at Points North Heli-Adventures in Cordova, Alaska.

On making a first descent: It's a thrilling, exhilarating adrenaline rush! All you have to guide you is a photo, so you just hope that all the rocks and cliffs line up and that you're going in the right direction.

Most embarrassing moment: Taking the chairlift and forgetting to take my ski poles out from under my leg. When I tried to get off the lift, I was stuck on my poles, spinning around the lift. My poles broke and I fell.

Allure of big mountain skiing: I love the freedom, the speed and the X-factor.

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