Tahoe local and Slopestyle competitor Bev Vuilleumier was riding with two of her buddies when we caught her on the lift. They were laughing about the jump they built last night in a friend’s back yard. There was some kind of "had to be there" back-story about Bev backflipping off the jump, but any outsider could have appreciated the conversation for the "chick doing backflips off a jump" aspect alone. She's still hanging out with her non-pro buds, even while in the mix of preparing for competition. "There's all these tight little crews," she said. "I love my friends here. We have fun".
Bev grew up in Arnold, California, riding a tiny mountain called Fair Valley up until three years ago when she moved to Tahoe to snowboard.
Bev didn't do as well as she would have liked, but still remained positive.
"You had to lean on your sickest run to get into the Final, and on my sickest run, I fell,” she said, ultimately placing ninth in the Slopestyle Prelim. “It’s kind of disappointing but this is my first year competing in the bigger competitions,” she added. “I'm learning. I was scared on that first jump, but I'm glad I tried it.”
Next up, Bev is making a trip to Big Island of Hawaii, where she intends to alternately snowboard, lie on the beach, and surf (The Big Island is good like that). “I need to get tan,” she said.