In the first of our new women in skiing features, written by Hannah Engelkamp, we speak with the incredible Beanie De Le Rue.
In the past few years more and more female riders and skiers have made their mark on the world of snowsports. A world that was previously dominated by influential male figures. Just look at the likes of Katie Ormerod, Jenny Jones and Lindsey Vonn and it is clear that the tide is changing. In this series, written and compiled by Hannah Engelkamp, we speak to some of the original pioneers of this movement, starting with the incredibly talented Beanie De Le Rue, former pro-skier and the other half of Xavier De Le Rue.
In the mid-noughties I got a job editing Fall-Line Skiing magazine, and although I might be biased, it seemed to me to coincide with a bit of a golden age in freeskiing. Snowboarding had been cool for long enough that it seemed to be suffering from a bad case of one-upmanship ('Think this is cool? Nah - you should have been here fifteen years ago'), compounded by a tiresome attack of the cliques. But skiing seemed refreshed - a young generation had taken over the reigns of a sport that, after all, was already hundreds of years old.
Not yet as mainstream as the Olympics, and yet supported and nurtured on a local level at dry and indoor slopes around the UK, freeskiing was having its moment. There was energy, fun, and a great sense of DIY about it, and all around people were pushing the boundaries, not to mention the speed, altitude, and degrees of rotation.