Rachael Burks got started skiing in family-style lessons in the Wasatch Range as a kid—until she did her first daffy off a jump in front of her dad. Jealous that the trick wasn’t in his own repertoire, he attempted one to no avail. Rachael has been progressing from that daffy ever since, with what could be the largest female invert off a cliff ever (never proven but widely assumed).
Rachael has been driven by progress—specifically women’s progress—ever since. Not satisfied to be a token female in a group of dudes, she says she won’t rest until she’s “being crushed by 13-year-old lady shredders throwing backflips over her head.” Passionate about blurring the gender distinctions on film, she has worked with Warren Miller, Teton Gravity Research, Outside Television, Outdoor Research, YETI, Ski Journal, Peak Performance, and several all-women’s projects including Pretty Faces. She's jam-packed with stoke, enthusiasm, loud woohoos, and passion for playing in the snow.
She has always wanted to show people what women are capable of and therefore inspire a next generation of RIPPING women. . . The greater the number of females out there the higher level of competition. THAT’S when the sport really progresses. Rachael sits on the board of a Montana based non-profit called The Billy Poole Foundation. She has run an event for BP Foundation for 12 years taking over 1,000 underprivileged kids skiing over the years. She’s passionate about the power of the outdoors particularly in youth communities.
-2018 Arctic Straight-Line Project (sail and ski from Norway to the northern-most Svalbard)