Wyoming Women Salute Part 4: Ski Diva Jessica Baker
So far in this series on uniquely Wyoming women, all three seem to “man up” more than most men. Well, now we just add one more of those.
Part Four: Jessica Baker
Jessica is the founder of Ski Divas Women’s Ski Camps. She grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho in the Selkirk mountains. She's had already started a successful ski racing career in 1999 when she moved to Jackson Hole for the back country adventure. Baker has won titles all over North America and was third overall on the Woman on the World Freeskiing Tour in both 2004 and '05.
Jessica is now an active PSIA level III DECL (Division Education Clinic Leader) and a trainer for the Jackson Hole Ski School, but all of this only starts to cover the resume of Jessica Baker.
In the spring Jessica spends her time at Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides near Valdez, AK, as their first woman heli-ski guide. Also Jessica is the head backcountry guide for Empire Freeride summer ski camps on Beartooth Pass, where she developed a curriculum for ages 10 to 21. She is AAI Avalanche Level III certified, and has WFR credentials (Wilderness First Responder).
Other than that, Jessica doesn’t have a lot going on. In an interview, Outdoor Research asked Jessica about balance in her life.
"There’s nothing traditional or predictable about what I do, but I think that’s part of what drew me to this life. … I’m also a mom, a wife, a sister, a gardener and yogi. I’ve never been one to sit at a desk … my “office” view is spectacular."
The inspiration for Ski Divas camps came from La Grave, France, where Jessica realized the ski environment lent itself to male dominance. She helps women's self esteem by asking them to challenge themselves for rewarding results.
I'm sure Jessica is proud of all she's accomplished, herself, but maybe what she is most proud of is how Ski Divas helps other women.
Jessica’s Facebook photos are spectacular, but don’t scroll through them if you have a fear of heights.