Randi Rae Rettke is a snowskater out of Snoqualmie Pass, WA. She has partnered with Pioneer Snowskates to become the first sponsored female snowskater, and she is killing it. She’s been snowskating for 6 years and has placed in competitions in The Snowskate Olympics,Serpentine Massacre, Snowskate Round Up, and recently won First Place in the Ralston Cup. She has been a great ambassador to the sport and an inspirational female athlete.
Explain how you got involved in snowskating.
In the 5th grade, I started snowboarding, and I guess that is where it all began. When I turned 18, I moved from Tacoma, WA to Snoqualmie Pass, WA and managed to score a room for cheap at Victor Zurn’s condo. A big thanks goes out to Vic because he is the one that introduced me to the sport of snowskating.
As a bad ass girl snowskater who’s in top of her league, how do you stay motivated to progress?
I am not at the top! There is always room to progress! I stay motivated because of the encouragement that I received from my friends and especially my family. My boyfriend constantly pushes me to better myself in the sport and cheers me on every step of the way. I always skate with the ‘boys,’ and I push myself to keep up with them. And, the cheering from the chair lifts is a wonderful incentive to do better!
You just placed first at the Ralston Cup! That Neff feature was gnarly, but you hit it and stomped it! No fear! What was your secret to success?
I was terrified! The Ralston Cup is the first competition that I have participated in that wasn’t just an open jam. I was so nervous about being placed in the spot light during my runs. As soon as my name was called, I blocked everything out and just focused on the feature in front of me. After every run, I asked for advice on what to do better to make my next run more successful. I focused on trying to hit features like the pro riders were. Once I got over the fear of people watching me and how big the features were, I was in my own little world and it just kind of all came together.
Pioneer Snowskates has picked you up as the first sponsored girl snowskater. How does that make you feel? What do you think it adds to the sport to have women skaters represented?
I am honored, I couldn’t ask for a better team! I was scared when I was first asked by Craig to ride for Pioneer. I hadn’t really ridden his skates, and was comfortable with what I was riding. But, I decided to go for it, and I couldn’t be happier with the decision that I made. Craig is a great coach and was there to cheer on all the riders the whole way through the Ralston Cup competition. Because of his skates, I have progressed a lot this season. The light-weight 43″ is easy to “pop” and manuever and has definitely helped me in competitions. Women representing a team really show people that snowskating is growing as a sport!
You’re really knowledgeable about the ins and outs of resort rules regarding snowskating. In your opinion, what is the next step snowskaters need to take to achieve universal resort allowance?
Bottom line: all mountains are held under similar guidelines, so why is it that one mountain will let us ride and the next will not? It’s just their “interpretation” of the rules. It’s not going to happen overnight, but ultimately, it is up to skaters to demonstrate that we can safely ride mountains and that we are no bigger risk than any other snow sport. We need snowskating recognized, and the competitions, websites, teams, magazines, and skaters are all going to eventually help conquer our goal. I do want to give you props Kendra, the Myth Busters video and ProjectSnowskate.com really show how dedicated you are to building the sport! I appreciate what you do for us!
Thanks Randi! Now, last one. What is your snowskate confession?
Well, I could tell you about a really good fall that I had the other day in the lift line. It was a super sunny Saturday afternoon, and the lines were huge. I was out riding with about 5 other skaters. As I was skating into the line (with speed), I didn’t realize how narrow it was and my ski hit one of the lane lines and flew out from under me! I landed flat on my back and had just about everyone in like lift line laughing at me. This was definitely the most embarrassing fall that I have had in a long time! I laugh every time I think about it!
I just want to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell my story. I hope that this encourages the younger generation of snowskaters because you are the future for the sport!