Alyeska skier turns filmmaker

The last time we heard of Elyse Saugstad, the champion big mountain skier raised in Girdwood, she had just survived a harrowing avalanche. Three other skiers with her died; Saugstad, equipped with a backpack airbag, stayed on top of the tsunami of snow.


Now we learn that she's entered a segment of a self-produced skiing video in the $100,000 Teton Gravity Research Co-Lab video contest. As rare as it is to find aggressive women big mountain skiers -- we're talking double-black diamond folks, assuming anyone's bothered to rate the slope -- it appears to be even rarer to find a woman making films about it. Thirty-seven men have entries in the contest compared to only two women, including Saugstad. 

Saugstad's piece, "Le Petite Ninja Skieur," is in black-and-white. The first round of the contest started on June 10. There'll be some kind of elimination by July 15 and the winner will be announced in September.

You can see a sample at .