Lynsey Dyer has been at the top of women’s big-mountain skiing for a decade and her return to the Fischer family is a testament to both hers and the brand’s dedication to the sport
When you think of ripping big-mountain skiers, Lynsey Dyer is sure to rise to top of mind. For a decade, the Sun Valley, Idaho-native has dominated the freeride scene. She’s made turns on six continents and has won nearly all of the big-mountain competition she’s ever entered. Beyond her own skiing, Dyer has solidified herself as a pioneer for the next generation with her non-profit organization, SheJumps, which focuses on mentoring young women through outdoor adventure as well as her production company, Unicorn Picnic, which was the first to produce an all-female ski film, Pretty Faces, in 2014. And just when you think Dyer has done it all, she continues to defy expectations, including her own. It’s this tenacious, never-ending energy that makes her a perfect fit for the Fischer team—a company that tirelessly strives to integrate athlete input into the products freeskiers across the world will rely on come winter.
Having been on the team roster once before in 2013, Dyer is no stranger to the Fischer family. With sights set on gender equality within the industry, from marketing dollars to the gear that is created, Dyer is eager to work with the Austiran-born brand once again.
“I have a deep respect for Fischer’s commitment to excellence when it comes to high performance skis and boots, especially coming from a racing background. Fischer’s innovation and hard goods performance made it an easy decision but the brand’s newest dedication to providing expert women and juniors the gear we’ve been missing in our sizing is especially refreshing,” says Dyer. “I’m honored to be alive at this time, appreciative of this last family-owned company and thankful for the team who is committed to getting more women out there on Fischer skis in freeride.“
This past season, Dyer spent seven weeks skiing the famed, colon-clenching mountains of Alaska on just two different Fischer setups–the Ranger 115 FR and the MyRanger 102 FR. A busy body by nature, Dyer seized the opportunity to wrangle multiple missions into one long stint in The Last Frontier, the first being an all-female camp hosted by the professional skier.
“A 57-year-old snowboarder surprised and inspired us all with the line of the trip,” Dyer says with earnest excitement. “She greased 2,500 feet and sustained 50 degrees from top to bottom on a line that only professional skiers had skied previously in less-than-ideal conditions…proving we really do only get better with age as big mountain athletes.”
For this mission, Dyer relied upon her Ranger FR skis for Alaska’s long, variable descents. The near twin-tip shape and rockered tips and tails provide playful float on fresh but camber underfoot gives the ski a solid punch to plow through hard crud; baby bear’s porridge of versatility, just right for Goldilocks.
After a successful week of shredding, Dyer went from teacher to student for a ten-day Wilderness First Aid certification course. Taking the steps to become a mountaineering guide, Dyer camped out on the Alaskan Peninsula with Alaska Backcountry Guides and faced a series of triage scenarios she may encounter in the backcountry, including waking up to a mock bear mauling and gunshot wounds.
Following ten days of all-seriousness, Dyer headed to Prince William Sound with fellow guide and longtime friend Brook Edwards for some fun in the Alaskan spring sun. The two spent a week aboard a charter boat called the Babkin chasing glaciers and tagging first descents along the Gulf of Alaska with a group of guiding friends.
“I’d highly recommend looking into this trip for the best spring break of your life,” Dyer says, enthusiastically.
Since touring was the main focus of this spring break sail-to-ski mission, Dyer brought her MyRanger 102 FR skis with Dynafit pin bindings. Their combination of a milled core with two sheets of Titanal make them ultra-light, but ultra-strong for an effortless ascent and absolute riot on the way down.
To cap off her time in one of skiing’s most magnificent meccas and to help more women in the sport progress their careers, Dyer invited two former U.S. Ski Team members, Katie Ryan and Lindsay Cone, to experience backcountry skiing in all of its glory. Patiently waiting for the conditions to be just right, Dyer stalled the girls from flying out and rescheduled the mission week after week after week.
“A lot of people canceled their plans as it was a very low snow year in Alaska and 70 degrees in March but the very last week of April into May the conditions came back around and four fresh feet plastered the Chugach [Mountains],” Dyer says with a smile.
As soon as conditions called for full send, Dyer brought the two U.S. Ski Team alumnae to Haines, Alaska, to help them discover the next chapter of their skiing careers.
“The girls are in a transition period in life; experiencing an identity loss after barely missing the Olympic dream, leaving the team and attempting to start over in the working world,” says Dyer. “My hope was to show them that all those years of grinding might have been preparing them for something greater than they ever imagined.”
Having been a ski racer herself, Dyer knows better than anyone the challenges of transitioning out of such a hyper-competitive world. So what better mentor to take big-mountain novices via helicopter for first-class access to Alaska’s best terrain: tight couloirs, massive faces and scream-inducing spines. A dream trip for all three of the girls, Dyer not only opened up an entirely new world for Ryan and Cone but she also bagged her own biggest accomplishment on the very last day of the trip–another testament to the age-old saying that we only get better with time.
“I skied the steepest, most exposed line of my life in a pure flow state,” Dyer says in a dream-like tone. “I’d failed and let myself down so many times in Haines before and after coming up short for so long it was truly a line I’ll never forget.”
A short film, titled Pivot, captures the entire experience and will premiere at the International Freesports Films Festival (IF3) later this fall.