Adventure Scholarship Update – Tami Razinger
Tami Razinger received her Adventure Scholarship award in 2016. This former Stowe, VT resident and University of Vermont graduate is a freeride skiing enthusiast and used her award for supplies and competition. Here she gives us an update on her life since receiving her award!
“This will be my third winter living in Jackson, WY. I moved in November of 2017 after an amazing last year in Vermont traveling to Freeride World Tour Qualifier events and coaching the freeride team at Smuggler’s Notch. That year, I was awarded a Flyin’ Ryan scholarship and it allowed me to travel from British Columbia to Taos, NM, Crested Butte, CO and Crystal Mountain, WA to compete at the highest level of big mountain skiing—aside from the FWT. My most notable result was a 1stat the FWQ 4* event in Crystal Mountain.
I continued to compete in the FWQ tour in 2018 but only a few events here and there. I was, however, a part of the first ever Kings and Queens of Corbet’s event in Jackson in 2018, where I placed 4th. This will also be my third season coaching for Jackson Hole Ski Club’s Freeride Team and I love to share the stoke with skiing’s next generation!
Since moving to Jackson, my focus has transitioned from competition to film and my ongoing goal is to keep gathering content and be featured in print in some larger name magazines. My dream would be to be featured in bigger ski movies and have them take me all over the world! This past winter, I was involved in a film project that took the form of a three-episode series. This passion project, called “Greater Than Sum” took our group to Japan—a ski destination that I had always hoped to explore. We skied in Niseko, Furano and Hakuba. I skied my first set of avalanche barriers, skied into the crater of Mount Yotei, an active stratovolcano, and was immersed into a totally new culture! It was an awesome experience and it was really fun to try and navigate these new areas. Our project also took us to a desert zone in southwest Utah to ski some faces lined with red rock walls. It was such an exciting spring mission with the most picturesque landscapes. Last winter I also explored further into the backcountry, expanding my knowledge of the terrain in the Tetons and skiing some iconic Jackson lines. I have some big missions in mind as I have grown to love the excitement that comes with ski mountaineering! In addition, I plan on expanding my avalanche safety knowledge and hope to one day gather more pro certs for professional ski guiding or possible search and rescue… I’m also hoping to ski in Alaska this spring (heli-skiing and all), fingers crossed!
Aside from skiing, I have been loving the “off-season” more and more. Hiking and mountain biking all over the Tetons has been amazing because there are just endless trails to explore! I have been crossing summits off of my list one by one! And I have also become so passionate about rock climbing. I’m still so new at it but it’s the kind of activity that is in some ways so different from skiing but also teaches me some that do overlap and I can’t wait to keep progressing!!!”
Thank you Tami, we’re so proud of you!