Current Transportation: 2000 Subaru Outback
Core Activities: Skiing, ski-mountaineering, rock climbing, alpine climbing
Non-Core Activities: DJ-ing, yoga, gardening, writing
Favorite Places: Tetons, WY; Lake Pend Oreille, ID; Alaska; La Grave, France; and several fine sand beaches closer to the equator.
My Jam Is: Raggae, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Bass-heavy Electronica
I Eat Lots Of: Kale—it's good for you. And French fries, to balance out the kale.
Fun Fact: I grew up on a farm in North Idaho and had to milk the goats and gather chicken eggs before I went to school in the morning.
Jessica Baker is a professional skier, mountain guide, instructor, and founder of Ski Divas Women’s Ski Camps skidivas.com. She grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho in the Selkirk mountains. From a young age she built a successful ski-racing career and in 1999 moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she pursued her love for backcountry adventures, freeskiing, big mountains, climbing, and ski mountaineering. In her career she has won over five big mountain freeskiing competitions; landing such titles as 2000 North American Freeskiing Champion, 2004 US Freeskiing Nationals Champion, 3rd overall Woman on the World Freeskiing Tour both 2004 and 2005, and more. Jessica is the first female heli-ski guide for Alaska Rendezvous Guides out of Valdez, AK and works for Exum mountain guides year round. She has completed big ski descents on Denali, The Grand Teton, Mt Aspiring, Mont Blanc, and more. She has been featured in ski film and television productions including ESPN, The Ski Channel, Fox Sports, Rage films, Storm Show Studios, and NBC productions. Jessica has also been featured in magazines and publications such as Powder, Outside, Skiing, SKI, Freeskier, National Geographic Adventure, Mountain Gazette, and The New York Times. Jessica continues to inspire and support women in the sport, and has been a featured speaker at several women’s sport specific conferences.
The Deviator is the perfect midlayer for a million different activities. I love the extra insulation (Polartec Alpha) on the chest to protect female assets and also keep your core warm, while at the same time having more breathable, lighter Polartec Power Grid in the places where you need more breat
These are my favorite backcountry ski gloves. Just warm enough to keep you comfortable through a high-exertion skin up, and just light enough to keep you from sweating too much. Also a perfect stand-alone glove for alpine climbing in the summer. Love the fit too. OR nailed it with this glove.
Most Common Missteps In Avy Terrain
Mountain guide Jessica Baker took notes about the latest snow science discoveries—so you didn't have to. [Read More]
Arctic Ski Dreams Part 2: Weathering The Storm
Three days of storm means fresh snow on killer Arctic lines. [Read More]
Arctic Ski Dreams Part 1: Passing The “Polar Bear”
Skiing Svalbard via sailboat brings Jessica Baker and her team in view of some serious, um, wildlife. [Read More]
The “What The %$*& Was That” Guide To Patagonian Wildlife
Jessica Baker took a ski trip by van through Patagonia this winter, and saw wildlife like she'd never seen before. [Read More]
Big Trip Coming Up? Train This Way To Get Tough As Nails
Mountain guide Jessica Baker shares the training tips she used to prep for her Wrangell-St. Elias expedition. [Read More]
Baby Makes Three Dirtbags: A Family Climbing Trip, Part 4 of 4
A baby on board brings a fresh view of J-Tree's special landscape and classic climbing. [Read More]
Baby Makes Three Dirtbags: A Family Climbing Trip, Part 3 of 4
Discovering the perfect sandstone boulders and super tall gym routes of the Southeast. [Read More]
Baby Makes Three Dirtbags: A Family Climbing Trip, Part 2 of 4
Finding bouldering and single-pitch satisfaction with baby in tow in the Eastern Sierra. [Read More]
Baby Makes Three Dirtbags: A Family Climbing Trip, Part 1 of 4
What do guides do in the off season? Head to the Sierras for some fall rock climbing, with baby in tow. [Read More]
For Better Connection, Lose The Cell Reception
Jessica Baker tunes out and drops in for some renewing time and stellar skiing off the grid at Icefall Lodge. [Read More]
Break (Or Forget) Your Climbing Skins? Here’s What To Do
Twelve hours from any outdoor retail store, you realize you've only brought one skin — what do you do? [Read More]