For the majority of her life, Kelly Clark has been standing on podiums. From her East Coast beginnings on the slopes of Southern Vermont, to her current California residence where she trains in the pristine, Mammoth Mountain superpipe, Kelly’s reign within the sculpted walls of the halfpipe–or perhaps we should say “over” said walls, because that’s where she spends most of her time, high overhead–is legendary. Kelly is not only the most successful woman in competitive snowboarding, lauded with accomplishments and owner of a cache of precious medals, she is the winningest snowboarder, male or female, ever. And when you consider that she’s far from slowing down (see: 2016 #3 Women’s Rider of the Year), her abilities are all that more impressive. But Kelly isn’t merely at home in the halfpipe. Her penchant for powder is plentiful, too. Last winter, she headed into the Mammoth backcountry with fellow Burton teammate, Kimmy Fasani and a group of up and coming riders at Amusement MTN, an event aimed at bringing female riders out beyond the confines of a resort. While there, Kelly’s off piste experience shone. Simply put, this Vermont native attacks whatever terrain lies in front of her with equal vigor, and while we may not posses her ability to launch sky-high off icy walls, we can at least listen to her champion playlist, which is why we tapped Kelly to let us in on what she’s listening to when she’s dropping in. – Mary Walsh
Name: Kelly Clark Home Resort: Mammoth Mountain Sponsors: Burton, ION, Mammoth Mountain, Bose, US Snowboarding
Pow Ballad: I don’t listen to music when riding pow…safety first. Jib Jam: I have not jibbed in a long time…so, it would have to be back in the day. So, perhaps Blink 182?
Pre Aprés: Pop Jams for sure. Taylor Swift or anything in that genre will do. Karaoke Jam: “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, ’cause you don’t really have to sing, and the fact that you know all the words leaves people stunned and they don’t care that you’re making a fool of yourself.
What is your favorite video part song of all time? “Send me an Angel”, from Matt Hammer’s part in Standard. If you could be one rock star, who would it be? Beyonce…why not?
Simply Guilty Pleasures: Brittney Spears…but, I am not that ashamed. Turn it Down: Adele. I think she is very talented, and I bought her album. But the more I listened to it the sadder I got, it is too much of a downer for me.