As a teenager, I always wanted to compare myself to the guys. I liked taking risks, exploring the unknown. I’ll never understand why I was like that, but when I was around 14, it led me to abandon my skis to learn how to snowboard – and try to learn all by myself. At the time, no one snowboarded, so there were no instructors, no schools, the gear was terrible – snowboard boots didn’t even exist!!! I started snowboarding wearing Moon Boots. But I’ll always remember that my board was a Burton. Even when snowboarding was just getting its start, it was already a great brand.
Anyway, I wish I could tell you I’d become a world champion snowboarder, but that never happened. My passion stopped at being extremely satisfied just being able to get down the slopes with elegance (and style, super important for snowboarders) – when I was about 20, I found a group of snowboarding friends, and that was one of the things that helped me stand the winter.
We rented an apartment by the ski slopes, slept piled on top of each other, fought over the bathroom, and in the evenings, we’d make ourselves delicious plates of who-knows-what. I even found girlfriends who, like me, loved hitting the slopes just as much as stopping for mulled wine and talking about life.
The amazing thing about this sport, other than the fact that it’s great for your butt and obliques and abs (hey, this is still a fashion blog) – is that it’s really made for exploring in the powder. Sure, you have to know what you’re doing to go off-piste, but those are probably some of the best memories of my life.
You go all the way up to the top of the mountain, part of the way with the lift, and part of the way walking with your snowboard on your back (yes, you have to leave super early !!!) – to get as far as possible from civilization. Once you’re at the top, you eat something, you smoke a joint (well, they smoke a joint, it’s a snowboarding thing – I’m the annoying one who says no) and off you go!
And then it’s so incredible. The powder makes you feel like you’re floating in a cloud. There’s not a single noise except for the boards cutting through the snow. And a river in the distance. And the animals. One day, I found myself nose to nose with a deer. Maybe my most beautiful snowboarding moment…
Anyway – I go less often now, since life is crazy, and I don’t have my group of off-piste joint smoking snowboarder friends anymore, but Chris and I did try to get back into it. There are lots of ski resorts in New York, and sure, it’s nothing like our gorgeous Alps, but it’s still great, and we went on Sunday and had an amazing time.
So there you go – all of this to encourage you to try it out, and also to introduce our amazing topic for today. I’ve always dreamed of talking to you about topics that are a bit different, and girls who aren’t necessarily urban but who have inspiring lives.
So I’m pleased to introduce you to Melrose Boyer, a Burton Girls Ambassador – which is still my favorite brand (I’ve dreamed of designing a snowboard since I was in my 20s!!!) and she let us follow her around for a day on the mountain.
Mel is an amazing snowboarder. She is currently in college studying Police Technology to become a police officer, but whenever she can get away from her studies you can find her at the park around Quebec and in slopeside competitions. We met her on the slopes to ask her a few questions….
Where did you grow up?
M. I grew up in a small horse town called Saint-Lazare up in Quebec. I feel blessed to have grown up spending my days at the ranch and riding horses – we had so much freedom and open space. It was truly an unbelievable childhood!
How did you get into snowboarding?
M. Having an older brother will make a girl do a lot of things, because you want to do everything that he does! When I was four years old he started snowboarding and that was the day I refused to get back on my skis. From that moment on, I never gave it up and now I’m in my 15th season of this amazing sport.
What events do you compete in?
M. Because of school I was not able to pursue my snowboarding career like I would have wanted to. Sometimes we have to make choices. But I do smaller Slopestyle competitions around Quebec just for the fun of it. I definitely will never give up doing park – it’s the only way to truly clear my head and really have a blast.
What is your favorite color for gear?
M. All black and camo (can we count those as a color?!)
Wait, you’d like to be a cop?
M. Haha! I tend to get this a lot! I have always wanted to help others as much as I can, and protect and be there for my community. Growing up with my mother in law enforcement and my father as fire chief definitely influenced my decision to become a police officer. Like my teachers say: this job is something that is in your blood; you are born wanting to do this.
Are boys intimidated by your tough truck?
M. Oh boy! I’m not sure! Haha – back home it seems totally normal! But when it comes to the city, I’m sure that the boys are surprised and maybe even a little rattled to see a blonde girl driving! Hopefully they’re a little intimidated too!