At the age of two, Wendy Fisher learned to ski at Squaw Valley, California and started racing competitively at the age of seven. She then went east to Vermont for high school and attended Burke Mountain Academy, a ski academy. She was named to the U.S. National Alpine Ski Team at 15. She competed seven years on the National Team, becoming the overall winner of the 1991 U.S. Nationals, held in Crested Butte and earning a spot on the 1992 Winter Olympic team, qualifying for the Super Combined (which combines the speed race of Downhill and then the technical Slalom) and Giant Slalom. On the World Cup circuit she earned points in all five Alpine disciplines.
The next season after leaving the National Team, she embarked on a road trip to different ski towns to enjoy skiing one last season before entering the “real world”. One of her stops was Crested Butte, and the realm of extreme skiing. She was convinced to enter Crested Butte’s “extreme” skiing contest, placing third, and then participated in the next three competitions, winning them all. The final one being the World Extreme Skiing Championship, held in Valdez, Alaska, becoming the only female to win it two years consecutively. Then she went on to win the 1998 Pro Freeskiing Tour Title and competed in the first X-Games Women’s skier-cross event.
Filming for Matchstick Productions and Warren Miller, to name a few, is where Wendy had her biggest impact and made a name for herself in the world of big mountain skiing. After many years away from the camera and high-risk endeavors, Wendy was convinced to test her skills again and filmed with Mike Douglas, of Switchback Productions, in 2013. Mike filmed an episode for salomonfreeskitv.com, called “Super Mom”, which won Best Short at the 2014 Powder Awards. Wendy recently got behind the camera this past season for Warren Miller’s film “Here, There & Everywhere”. Currently, she is Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Ambassador and teaches private ski lessons in around the world.
Wendy has two boys, Devin, 8 and Aksel, 9, who share her love and joy of skiing and adventure. She is still very passionate about skiing, as well as using her passion to help others, which is why being involved with CBSF is a perfect fit. Living in a snow sports community, such as Crested Butte, she cannot imagine kids missing out on the opportunity of learning all of the different snow sports that are offered in the Valley.