Kristen Ulmer is an American skiing legend with roots in New England.
She grew up in Henniker, N.H., and learned to ski at Pats Peak. She went on to become a member of the U.S. Ski Team, where she competed in moguls. But her biggest impact came in big-mountain extreme skiing. Now she’s an expert in fear and her aim is to help people overcome anxiety with a method that she feels passionate about.
She recently was a guest on New England Ski Journal’s Basecamp Podcast. Here are highlights from our conversation with her. (Portions of this have been edited for clarity.)
“In the early days of my ski career I was competing in moguls. With no goals or intention, mostly I was just wanting to hang out with my friends and go on cool road trips. So I wasn’t a really good mogul skier but I was really good in the air. And I thought I could use my powers of conviction to talk this guy Eric Perlman, who was filming what was then called the North Face Extreme Skiing Video Series, into auditioning my skiing for his movies.