All grown up, Anderson reaching new heights | SierraSun.com

All grown up, Anderson reaching new heights

Jeremy Evans
Sun News Service

AP file photoJamie Anderson of Tahoe Paradise soars off a jump en route to winning the women's slopestyle finals at a past U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship at Stratton Mountain, Vt. The 17-year-old is adjusting to her recent success in the sport.

This past summer, Jamie Anderson filmed in Whistler, relaxed in Thailand and snowboarded in Australia and New Zealand.

She had a rail jam session in Mission Beach and, on the same trip, boarded a yacht in San Diego and kicked it with industry folk on the Pacific Ocean.

She also made two appearances in Southern California for the movie premiere of “La La Land” and will leave later this month for a multi-city European tour to continue promoting the girl-powered snowboarding film.

Oh, and she also celebrated her 17th birthday last month.

“It seems like I have been doing everything I can, but I am starting to realize that I can’t do everything,” Anderson said. “I need to have a separate life. I don’t want to snowboard and travel 12 months a year, but it’s kind of happening that way. It’s all happened so quick. Every time I come home, my little sisters seem bigger.”

Anderson, whose litany of sponsors include Billabong and Grenade, has seen her life speed up exponentially after capturing gold in women’s slopestyle at the 2007 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. After sampling the Thailand coast in June, she flew to New Zealand and won the Billabong Open’s slopestyle contest, then hopped another plane to Australia where she won the Australia Open’s slopestyle competition.

Recommended Stories For You

As a result, the whole world is learning what the South Shore community has known for years ” this Tahoe Paradise girl is going places.

Sierra-at-Tahoe has been the home resort for her and older sister Joanie Anderson (2007 X Games gold medalist in boardercross) for the past decade, allowing general manager John Rice to watch the maturation process.

“The competitiveness is in the family because you can’t discount what her sister Joanie can do either,” Rice said. “Joanie is also a fantastic snowboarder, but her discipline of boardercross isn’t as popular as slopestyle. But the thing about Jamie is she isn’t afraid of taking it to the next level. She is just going to new heights.

“Another resort could offer both of them a bunch of money, but they have stayed true to Sierra. We can use her as an example to other kids that if you do the right stuff, eat well, all of that, this can happen to you.”