Oakley's Grete Eliassen Sets New Hip Jump World Record
Despite unprecedented spring snow storms, including 22 inches of snow on jump day, The Canyons Resort’s park crew shoveled, cut and shaped more than 45,000 cubic yards of snow to create the largest snow terrain park feature ever built in Utah. Why you ask? So Oakley’s Grete Eliassen could achieve a monumental personal goal and truly change the game in women’s skiing. This past Thursday, Eliassen clicked into her skis, reached speeds of approximately 60 miles an hour, hit the custom 30-foot tall hip, and soared more than 31 feet in the air to set an unofficial new world record for women.
“There is no other experience in the world that feels even close to what I feel when I am jumping. Having such a large feature built just for me was a super humbling experience. With my whole crew, family and friends watching it was really an incredible day. It is a moment in my life I will remember forever,” said Eliassen.
In addition to actively progressing the sport, Eliassen is working on a film project. The ski movie, Say My Name, a two-year venture embarked on with longtime ski/snowboard photographer Stan Evans, is slated for release in Fall 2010. Look forward to catching Grete and crew skiing all the best spots on the planet.
Grete Eliassen knows no bounds in skiing. At 23, she’s one of the best all-around skiers today; she’s raced for the Norwegian ski team, won the X Games Superpipe and U.S. Open Slopestyle multiple times, designed signature pro-model skis and filmed lines in the backcountry. The Minnesota-born Norwegian is known for her versatility and smooth style, no doubt attributed to her desire to ski everything. Off the slopes, Grete devotes time to supporting charities such as the Women’s Sports Foundation and Stand Strong Again.