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Ski halfpipe, slopestyle, big mountain
2010 X-Games Gold Medalist,
2010 Euro X Gold Medalist;
2 Time AFP World Tour Champion (2009, 2010)
Date of birth
Hamden, CT; now residing in Salt Lake City, UT
Mountain biking, reading, hiking, decorating
“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
Jen Hudak is not only one of the most successful halfpipe riders you’ll find in freeskiing at the moment, she is also a very orderly girl.
According to the classic US cliché, Jen worked at a supermarket as a teenager, helping customers to store their groceries in their bags. In doing so, she once found herself unpacking the bags and re-sorting the groceries neatly and orderly into it again. To arrange a successful ski career is not as easy as aligning groceries in a bag, but Jen is at least as passionate and solid about it.
Since the psychology and business student discovered halfpipe riding at the age of 14 she can’t think of anything better. “I love the freedom you have in freeskiing. If you can imagine doing something on a pair of skis, chances are that you can go out and accomplish it.” To have better training options, Jen moved from Connecticut in New England, were she was born, to Salt Lake City, Utah and is to be found on the slopes usually in Alta, UT or Aspen, CO. Jen loves competitions. Last year Jen achieved one of her biggest skiing ambitions by taking the X Games gold in the SuperPipe. She’ll be looking for similar results this year, and is one of the most exciting female freeskiers today.
What is your favorite ski in 2011/2012 Collection?
The Volkl Pearl
Why do you like this ski?
It has minimal sidecut and is fairly stiff, which allows the ski to hold up well against the transition in a halfpipe. It is also really quick edge to edge and super fun to ski!
What conditions do you use this ski for?
I use this ski for pipe and park
What other skis in the 2011/2012 collection do you ride?
I also ride the Shiro, which is the best powder ski on the market. Occasionally I’ll ride the Bridge as well.
Can you tell us a little about each pair of skis, and about what sort of conditions you use them for?
The Shiro is great for big mountain skiing. It skis amazingly well in powder but also holds its own against crud on less than ideal days. It was my go to ski in Japan last winter!
The Bridge is a great all-mountain ski. It is a twin tip, but it’s fatter than most park skis. It allows you to hit backcountry booters and land in soft snow forwards or backwards.
What about bindings? What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use the Maker Jester pro. Each ski I ride is mounted differently. My pipe skis are 2 cm back from true center and my pow skis are mounted 5 cm forward of traditional.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
My dins are usually on 10 or 11, but for contest days I’ll turn them up to 13.
Home mountain: Vail, CO and Park City, UT
Favorite skier: Too many to name just one!!
Ski hero growing up: Evan Dybvig in the mogul scene, and Sarah Burke and Marie Martinod on the freeski side. Marie was the first girl that I ever saw do a 540 in the halfpipe and I thought it was the most amazing thing ever!!
Ideal day in the mountains: A few laps in a perfectly cut halfpipe- just trying to go really big, doing some 5s but keeping it mellow. Then head out into the sidecountry, find some fresh snow, and let ‘er rip! Finish the day off with a bowl of veggie chili and a tall glass of ice water!
How would you describe your style: Aggressive, committed and smooth… most of the time ;-)
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career. Winning the Winter X-Games in halfpipe in 2010
Favorite place to ride: Aspen, CO during X-Games!
Best snow trip: Asahidake, Japan this past winter!
What age did you start to ski: Age 3
What cant you live without: Water, my iPhone, and twitter
Favorite phone App. Words With Friends
Goals and plans: Go to the Olympics in 2014- win a medal. Encourage others to find their own path in life and realize all of their dreams.