Jamie Anderson, 2011/2012 Season Edit Unwrapped
Jamie Anderson is in a league of her own. She's among the select few riders leading the charge in what's expected in competitive women's snowboarding.
Her season edit is epic, showcasing her style and grace in the backcountry and in contests, but we predicted this from Jamie. It's her answers below that will make you want to be…well, just a better human being. – Kelsey Smith
What were some of your main goals last season?
My goals last season were to stay healthy & strong, and to stay in the present moment!
I didn’t intend on doing so many events. I had put out to the universe that I wanted to ride more natural terrain, and explore the Sierra Nevadas, but as we all know, the snow never really came!
So I went with the flow, and cruised to quite a few events… I was able to explore Europe, and had an amazing time!
What have you done to stay healthy?
I've been really conscious of everything I put into my body. Trying to eat a plant based diet of pure, organic foods. I'm becoming more in tune with my body. I don't want to eat something fast. I want to take my time to cook a healthy balanced meal. Plus I absolutely love to cook and enjoy every moment of it!
This being an Olympic qualifying year, what are some of your goals this season? Has the Olympics been a focus for you?
Well, number one is to stay healthy and strong and in a good mental place. Life can be whatever we make it, so I'm trying to not take the Olympic thing too seriously. I'm just going with the flow and enjoy the journey. I'll do a few of the Olympic qualifiers… I mean it would be absolutely amazing to experience that kind of world-class event! It’s on that long list of things I’d like to do before I pass…Along with visiting Africa, India, Tibet Nepal, and all the Chakra locations around the earth. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit the Root and Sacral Chakra locations, Root Chakra located at Mount Shasta, and the Sacral Chakra located at Lake Titicaca, across Peru and Bolivia.
I'm also planning on visiting my friends in their home based locations for my web series, Leanne Pelosi in BC, Kjersti Buaas in Norway, and a trip to Japan to volunteer/give back to the hurricane victims and explore their amazing culture. I’m going to end the season with a fun Spring Session at my home base, Sierra at Tahoe with all my friends and Family!
What has inspired your snowboarding?
I've been learning more every day on what inspires me. With yoga, I've learned to connect my mind, body, and spirit, which really helps my snowboarding. And also to slow down and be thankful and conscious of what's in front of me…to have more compassion for people. It's all starting to come together. I went on a really spiritual trip to Peru, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu this last Fall. It was very inspiring. I was on a lil' bit of a float…that's all I can say! It was absolutely amazing, and one of the most inspiring things I've ever done.
I try not to be attached to sponsors I may or may not have, or competitions I may or may not do well in. Those things are not the most important to me. I want to have a mind open to everything, and attached to nothing.
Looking at your competition this year, who is your biggest influencer?
Two of my favorite girls to watch and ride with for that matter are Enni (Rukajärvi) and Torah (Bright). Both girls ride with good style and new cool grabs, and are able to put together unique runs that are out of the ordinary. They're both just really positive people period.
You've always been a huge advocate of giving back. Any new endeavors you're working on?
Yea! Last year was the first year I was able to sponsor under-privileged kids in Tahoe that aren't able to afford snowboard gear. I've linked up with the local middle school in South Lake Tahoe where I went to school, and Sierra at Tahoe. So this year, I'm sponsoring four kids and Sierra at Tahoe is donating four season passes. My sponsors are donating product, and by Christmas, the kids will be dialed head-to-toe. I am one of eight, and my family didn't have a lot of money. But we always had everything we ever needed, so I can totally connect with these kids and it's awesome to be able to give back to them now that I have the resources.
Leanne (Pelosi) and I connected recently and we decided to connect with all our friends from around the world on December 21st, Winter Solstice, which is the first official day of winter. We're calling it Give Back With Love. (#givebackwithlove). If anyone has extra product they want to donate, physical or not, you can give back with good vibrations and love. We'd like to encourage people from all over to give back to this win need. I've been so blessed, so it's awesome to have the opportunity to help other people.
How have your grown up?
I've been in this industry since I was really young. So I've learned so much throughout the years. Learning what makes me feel good, what doesn't…what food enhances me, and what does not. Yoga has really helped me to realize how to fully appreciate every aspect of life in general.
I try to connect with every person who comes into my being. I think it's also so powerful to stay humble. I grew up in a family where that value was very important, and I've tried to hold onto it.
I mean, I can sit around and complain about not having a board sponsor, but instead, I want to appreciate that I've always had a perfectly good snowboard every season.
I love the saying, "A mind open to everything and attached to nothing." -Lauren Anderson (mother) I’ve always been provided with everything I need. I also love what Gandhi says, "The earth provides enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed." Namaste, and happy 12-12-12!