Colleen Gentemann

Leah Evans

Creative, courageous leader empowering female skiers.

 
 

Leah  

I first met Leah while shooting for Heliski Canada at RK Heli in Invermere.  I was immediately drawn to her confidence and positive, can-do attitude.  Of course Leah is super strong on her skis but beyond that she is a leader who contributes back to her sport by inspiring and empowering others.  That includes me! When I met Leah back in 2012 I really wanted to pursue my career as a video producer, but I was not yet confident that I could make it work.  She told me to "just go for it" and directed me to the work of other female filmmakers who were "killing it" at the time.  She helped me to believe in myself, and gave me the push I needed to commit to going to film school.  Since then we have done a number of video projects together for brands such as Gore-Tex, Patagonia and MSR.

 
 

This is Leah's season edit for the winter of 2017. The footage is a compilation from various filmers, including footage I shot of Leah in the monashees.  I also edited the piece.

Sandra Lahnsteiner

This woman is a power house. Filmmaker, Athlete, Entrepreneur. She knows how to work and have fun.

 
 

Sandra

I met Sandra when she was filming BETWEEN.  Well known for her high energy all female ski films, with Shades of Winter, Sandra is a Director, Producer and Athlete.  She knows how to work hard for the shot and is not intimidated by steep pillow lines or big drops.  With confidence, she has an intense understanding of her abilities as a skier.  A connector in the industry she is social and supportive of other athletes both female and male.  When its time to work she is serious and focussed but also knows how to enjoy her time in the mountains and loves to have fun.  During the filming of BETWEEN I shot photography for the Shades of Winter girls while filming the powder skiing segment in the Monashees.  I had the privilege of joining them again at Stellar Heliskiing in March 2017.  I was primarily shooting photos but also shot some video as a B camera, as well as some drone filming.

 
 

Janina Kuzma

Janina Kuzma

Tough as nails, sweet as pie.

 
 

Janina

I started to hear about New Zealander Janina Kuzma back in 2006 while living in Fernie BC.  Already back then Janina was making a name for herself as a hard charging free skier.  Years later in 2015, I crossed paths with Janina again at Monashee Powder Snowcats.  She was there as an athlete with Shades of Winter while filming for BETWEEN.  I got to shoot photos with Janina and the other girls and was totally inspired by all of these women.  They were sweet and fun but when it came time to scope out lines they were serious and focussed.  The stuff they were dropping was huge and I was super impressed by their bravery. My heart was pounding in my chest while I kept my trigger finger ready to capture each moment.  I remember showing Janina a couple shots off my camera that day and was rewarded with her enthusiasm and positivity.  

In March 2017, I got to shoot with Janina again, while filming with Shades of Winter at Stellar Heliskiing.  This time I had three days with the girls and it was more than just skiing.  Playing darts shooting drone footage by the lake and enjoying the night life in Kaslo, I had the opportunity to get to know Janina better off the snow.  She is bright, positive, easy going, and fun.  I really enjoy working with her and would jump at the opportunity to shoot with her again.

 
 
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Caroline Gliech

An athlete with a purpose.  Caroline is not afraid to get political and stand up for what she believes in.

 
 

Caroline

I have never met an athlete so determined in her sport, but also focussed on making an impact in the world. Caroline is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.  She stands up for the environment and human rights.  She won't be bullied by people who speak against her or try to push her down.  Instead she comes back swinging and finds another cause to fight for.  

Late November 2016 I worked with Caroline on a video production for Gore-Tex.  We were ski touring in the Monashees and developing an inspiration piece to encourage people to "Experience More".  Over the four days we got to know each other, filmed a lot of walking up hill and also got to enjoy some great powder skiing turns.  Caroline is high energy, passionate, and generally super stoked to be out in the mountains.  She always has a big smile and an even bigger heart.

 
 

Andrea Byrne

 
 

Andrea

Look out for this girl.  Young and relatively new to the pro skier scene, Fernie born Andrea will soon make a name for herself.  In 2015 I filmed with Andrea on a trip with Catski Canada.  It was a great opportunity for Andrea to ski with some more experienced pros.  Very coachable, hard charging and beautiful, Andrea is up and coming in the ski world.