Nicknames? Kitty Kat Jones (at least I wish people called me that....)
Where did you grow up & where did you grow up skiing? Truckee, CA and Squaw Valley
Current home mountain? Squaw Valley
Current favorite piece/pieces of gear? Why?
I would have to say my BCA float pack. Depending on the day I use either the 8L, the 17L Speed or the 22L. It is a standard part of my backcountry kit, when I am wearing a beacon, I am wearing a float pack. I don't pick and choose which days to wear it, it is one more piece of safety equipment that could help me if I ever need it. I like to have all the tools available in my back pocket, even as a just in case, so for me, an airbag is a must.
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?
had to have a college email address to have Facebook...
Who has inspired your skiing the most?
I think I have to say my Dad. There are tons of skiers, especially ripping female skiers, out there that have shaped my view of what is possible and what I want to do, but it is my Dad who first passed along the love of skiing to me. He showed me that a life of doing something you love is possible, even if it is a bit out of the box. To this day, my Dad is still my favorite ski partner.
Best recovery exercises?
For me yoga is key for recovery. Stretching and a little bit of core makes a huge difference!
Ideal down day?
A slow morning with great coffee and some sourdough toast with extra butter. From there anything is gravy. Oh and yeah I would probably stretch a bit...
Favorite on-mountain fuel/snack?
Snickers! Pro-tip. Keep the snickers bar inside your long-jons for the hike up or for a run or two and then eat once you body heat has warmed it up a bit. No one likes a cold snickers...
Spiciest/most intimidating line you've skied or ridden this year?
This year I spent some time in BC and it was my first crack at some really complicated pillow stacks. It was a learning experience for sure. I think to practice or train for pillow skiing I need to blindfold myself and run through a forested area, learn to really react with no visual cues and fairly high consequence.
Goals in skiing/riding this next year?
I always want to get better! Steeper line, bigger cliffs, learn some tricks. That kind of goes without saying. I think next year though I really want to make a supreme effort to take at least 2 really epic days and just free-ride. No cameras, no social media. I know that sounds simple but sometimes my drive to keep being better keeps me from remembering to feed my soul!
What’s a great book you’ve read recently?
The Rosie Project, it is a light, fun read but gives some really interesting insight!
Favorite mountain range?
Way too hard to choose. I love so many different mountain ranges for so many different reasons. The Monashees, Selkirks and Purcells around BC are amazing, the Alps were my first taste of high-alpine beauty, the Wasatch reminds me of the Alps, the Andes are exotic and cool, the Chugach will always hold my dreams and the Sierra Nevadas are where I learned to love the mountains so they will always hold my heart.
Working title for the book or movie about your life?
Cat Skiing: Where Two Passions Collide
Best moment filming with WME this year?
One night of our trip we loaded up in the heli after dinner at about 8pm and headed for the "Gold Coast," an area out on the Arctic Sea that gets incredible sunset light. As we flew over the fjord the mountains were turning bright pink and the sun was hovering above the horizon. We skied a few of the most scenic and beautifully light lines of my life, all with an ocean view. It was so colorful, I felt like I was skiing in a water color painting. We skied until about 10:30pm that night and those runs will be burned in my memory forever!
How did Warren Miller the man influence your skiing/riding career?
Warren Miller created a lifestyle around skiing that revolved around sharing rather than competing. For me, I have always loved to ski but have not been very competitive. The joy of creating an entertaining piece of art in the form of a ski film is the reason that I am a professional skier. I love skiing and exploring new places but I also love the chance to share that experience with people from all over the world and hopefully inspire them to go out and ski/explore as well. I will always be thankful to Warren Miller for being the first to create, share and live such an amazing lifestyle, paving the way for people like me to do the same.