In our ambassadors’ blog series, we’ll introduce you to the awesome people who taste the adventure every day! Our new Kalahari Captain is Owen, a professional big mountain skier out of Jackson, Wyoming.
My Name is Owen Leeper, I am a professional big mountain skier out of Jackson, Wyoming. I grew up wanting to jump off everything on skis. I competed in slopestyle and half-pipe in college, and after a few rough winters in Aspen with low snowfall, I moved to Jackson. Living in Jackson, I transitioned more into skiing big lines and hitting cliffs in the backcountry.
Adventure to me is exploring a new place with new ideas, whether it’s skiing a different peak, hiking to a new waterfall, or paddleboarding a new river. I love anything outdoors where the final result is exciting and somewhat unknown.
I started skiing when I was four in Aspen, and instantly became my favorite activity. Skiing has enabled me to climb the tallest mountains and ski in the most beautiful places all around the world. A great day with friends on skis tops any other experience out there.
One of my favorite moments skiing was the first time I hit a 90 foot cliff on skis. I spent so much time waiting for conditions to be right and preparing for it mentally and physically, it was such a relief once I finally was able to do it!
Being fueled throughout the day is very important. If I am out in the backcountry and low on energy or hungry, I can’t concentrate on skiing my line.
I have a number of lines on my list that I want to ski, so I am hoping the snow lines up perfectly so I can hit a few of them before the season ends.
Through my Instagram I answer questions to all my followers about how they can learn new tricks or overcome their fears. Lots of people say that just watching my videos online motivates them to go out and ski harder.
My favorite Kalahari product is the Biltong, it’s easy to toss in my bag, won’t get crushed and is super delicious, even when it’s cold, plus it has tons of protein.
Kayaking or Hiking
Mountains or Beach
Biltong or Crisps
Winter or Summer
Camping or Glamping
Surfing or Paddle Boarding
Cycling or Running
Night Owl or Early Riser
Beer or Wine
Explore Alone or Adventure Buddy
Cardio or Strength Training
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