Eagle skier enters Lange Girl contest
EAGLE –Amy Blakey from Eagle wants to be the next Local Lange Girl but she’ll need help from the community.
Blakey, 36, is competing in the ski boot company’s annual contest. Each year, Lange picks “ripping ski town hotties” to represent the brand at mountain events in their area and get free boots. The company also picks a national winner who gets a spread in Freeskier magazine, according to the contest Web site.
“I love skiing and I have always been involved in the ski industry,” Blakey said. “I think I’d be a good representation for the Vail Valley.”
Judging from the photos on the contest web site, her competition is stiff. So far, more than 80 women – many of them wearing little more than undies with those Lange boots – have posted their entries in advance of the Jan. 14 deadline.
Blakey’s photo is a bit more subtle than some of the more overtly sexy entries. To get some fresh photos for the contest, she turned to local photographer Robert Brown, who did the shoot in his Eagle studio.
Lange bares her athletic legs in the main photo on her profile. For the shoot, she decided to wear a pair of blue Lange boots, a new Bonfire jacket and a white knit hat.
“I wanted to do something strong, athletic and yet feminine,” she said.
The rest of her submission consists of an essay and several other photos.
“I’m a big scuba diver,” she said. “I love being at the beach. I sent in a picture of me sitting in some shallow water in Fiji and snorkeling in western Samoa.”
Online votes are just one of the criteria the company will use to pick the four winners in later this month. E-mails sent to a few Lange contacts listed on the company’s website were not returned by deadline Wednesday.
Blakey said she heard about the contest through her husband, Shad Blakey. It came to his attention one day when the guys at the ski delivery service where he works were talking about the contest.
“I thought, I’ll give it a try,” Blakey said.
She certainly seems to fit the part. Blakey grew up ski racing in New Hampshire before moving west to study English literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This self-described “racer girl turned powder hound” also taught skiing in Breckenridge.
Don’t be fooled by her ski bunny looks, though. This former Brush Creek Elementary teacher also has brains. She holds a master’s in elementary education from CU.
Here in the valley, Blakey likes to hit the mountain whenever she can.
“I usually ski a few times a week,” she said. “Usually I go to Beaver Creek but I love going up to Vail, too.”
This local lovely had racked up some 37 online votes as of Tuesday night but she’s hoping for more. Will she make the cut to be the next Local Lange Girl? Maybe if the boot fits.
“It would be a great opportunity to do some local events at the ski resorts and get a chance to make some friends,” she said.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.