Calgary, Alberta native Leanne Pelosi is no stranger to competitive sports. Once a member of the Junior National Soccer Team, Leanne made a life changing decision by leaving soccer and moving to Whistler, British Columbia to pursue her other passion, snowboarding. Leanne quickly proved herself in the snowboard industry and later went professional. Fast forward 10 years and Leanne has positioned herself as one of the most influential female riders of the last decade by operating her own all-girls movie production, winning countless snowboard contests and awards, and she is nowhere close to slowing down…
We caught up with Leanne to talk about her latest two-year snowboard project: Vision Airs.
What is your new web series ‘Vision Airs’ all about?
My inspiration for snowboarding is constantly changing, depending on where I am and who I’m with at a particular time. I’ve realized that throughout the years of my career as a professional snowboarder, I fed off creative energy from certain snowboarders and I always try to emulate their creativity in my own way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched legendary snowboarder Gigi Ruf video parts! So this past season I created my own web series called ‘Vision Airs,’ which is about riding with masters of their own craft, whether it’s in the park, the backcountry or the streets. I’ve realized that if you surround yourself with passionate people, it will bring you to a whole new level. So that’s what I focused on. And I had a great winter!
What brought an Alberta native to British Columbia?
When I was at the University of Calgary studying Biomechanics, all my friends were making the trip to Whistler. All I kept hearing about was how much it snowed, ALL THE TIME. I begged my parents to let me live there for just one year and they said fine if I finish my degree first. So I moved to Whistler after I finished, and that one year is now ten. I love the lifestyle, the people, the culture… Whistler has so much to offer for a mountain town that is so close to a big city like Vancouver.
Traveling for snowboarding over the past 10 years must have enabled you to ride some of the best powder in the world. Out of all the places you have been, where is your favourite place to travel for filming?
My favourite place to travel for filming is in my own backyard. I love beautiful British Columbia.
My favourite place to travel for filming is in my own backyard. I love beautiful British Columbia. The snow conditions are not like anywhere else in the world; it’s consistent and it’s good. What I love about the Whistler backcountry is that because the snow is coastal, the avalanche conditions are relatively stable. And that’s good when you’re spending most of your year out there.
Some of the best powder of my life has been at home in the backcountry. However, I can’t forget to say something about the interior; between Whitewater, Revelstoke, Golden and BaldFace, you can’t go wrong.
If you could go on the ultimate snowboard trip anywhere in the world where would it be?
One place that is on my radar is Mica Heli. It looks like they have the most insane pillow lines ever and with the champagne powder they have in the interior, it seems like that would be a really fun place to go shred. I’d love to go there to film pillow lines.
What are your plans for this winter season?
Plans for the next season… I am teaming up with Kingfisher Heli and I’m going to be coaching heli assisted women’s split board trips in March. Check out more info on Kingfisher Heli here.
I am also working on a new film project based around snowboarding in my own backyard.
Watch Vision Airs below: