Vail opening day 2011: Selig ready for more big mountain freeskiing |

Vail opening day 2011: Selig ready for more big mountain freeskiing

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – With a podium finish already behind her on this season’s Subaru Freeskiing World Tour, professional skier Rebecca Selig is feeling ready to take on big mountains just about anywhere this season.

Selig, of Eagle, competed in Chile and Argentina in September, and the next stop is Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. Selig has never skied Revelstoke, and when she talks about her excitement over skiing there it becomes obvious why Selig is a big mountain skiing force to be reckoned with.

“I think it’s my kind of skiing – really steep and gnarly,” Selig says. “I can’t wait.”

That’s the kind of attitude a big mountain freeskier needs. Big cliff drops don’t scare Selig, and neither do competitors almost half her age.

Selig, 32, says she feels stronger and healthier than ever. She’s a recovering alcoholic, so that has definitely helped her with her health and confidence, she says.

“I feel like I’m in the body of an 18- or 19-year-old right now,” she says.

And at 32, Selig has something many of the younger competitors don’t – experience.

Selig, who has lived everywhere in the valley from East Vail to Gypsum, has been on the Freeskiing World Tour for the last five years. She’s been skiing, however, since she was 2 years old.

It began at the Timber Ridge Resort in Michigan. Selig would ski between her dad’s legs – it was the beginning of a successful skiing future.

She moved to Vail when she was 19 because she wanted to be a ski bum. Thirteen years later, she might ski a lot, but she’s far from a bum. She says she hopes to hit every stop on this season’s tour, and the more podium finishes the better.

If there’s snow outside, you can bet Selig will be skiing it – and killing it along the way.

“It’s my art, it’s the way I dance,” she says. “I actually feel more comfortable when my adrenaline’s pumping.”

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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