That time Freeskier asked a world champion to pose in a bikini

Jen Hudak opens up about her body image issues in elite competition and the moment she knew her #1 competitor Sarah Burke had died in a revealing interview with SnowsBest.

Early in the northern season just gone, I had the privilege of spending some time with Jen Hudak at the launch of the Quicksilver Gondola that linked Park City and Canyons Village. I knew she was in a period of serious transition having announced her retirement after an extremely successful career as a world number one halfpipe skier.

What I didn’t expect was the candid and thought provoking conversation that entailed. Jen Hudak is one impressive young woman with a voice that needs to be heard by the ski and snowboard industry now.

This is the first of a series of video edits from our 90 minutes in that gondola.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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