After learning to ride at Mountain Creek in New Jersey and quickly falling in love with snowboarding, Christine moved north to Vermont in search of bigger mountains while obtaining a degree from Champlain College. After graduation, Christine made the pilgrimage out west, splitting her time between Tahoe winter and Mount Hood summers, where she ran the Burton Demo Center. Currently she resides in Truckee, California where in between traveling to coach TPS stops, she films with all-women’s snowboarding crew, Too Hard. Most recently, Christine has been balancing her time in the park, splitboarding and expanding her abilities in the backcountry (while logging plenty of powder runs). Her love of travel has also catalyzed expanding TPS to Chile during summer 2016. In addition to snowboarding experience, Christine brings an innate understanding of body-mechanics from years of competitive gymnastics and gymnastics coaching, allowing her to break down tricks in an effective way. Her infectious enthusiasm and diverse talents on her snowboard have made her an integral member of the TPS staff for the past eight years.
Jenny Messing was born and raised in Southern California. She took naturally to surfing and her love of spending time in the water quickly spread to riding the white wave when she learned to snowboard at Bear Mountain. Jenny possesses years of experience in the snowboard industry that began at Hansen’s Surf Shop, where she worked shifts as a shop clerk in order to get lift tickets to head to the mountains. Jenny then worked for Burton Snowboards on the Southern California sales team before becoming Women’s Global Marketing Manager at Oakley a role in which she oversaw all women’s initiatives, from action sports to training. During her twelve-year tenure at Oakley, Jenny spearheaded the launch of Oakley Progression Sessions, which has evolved into TPS. Jenny now runs her own event production, marketing and creative consulting agency, JEM Produktioner. When she’s not working with clients like Oakley, Tone It Up, and Open House Creative, she spends time in the kitchen, constantly perfecting her craft as a talented chef and proprietor of Kitchen Vibes, a multi-faceted celebration of food, drink, and dining. Her passion for contributing to the women’s outdoor sphere, specifically through snowboarding has been a vital driving force for the growth of TPS.
It was in the mountains of northern New England that Mary Walsh fell in love with snowboarding. A native Mainer, she logged laps in both the White and Green Mountains, coaching snowboarding at Mount Mansfield Snowboard Club in Vermont before moving to New Hampshire to ride Loon Mountain. Mary was involved in the early years of Droppin’ In, the women’s camp that inspired TPS and remains the largest weekend camp annually. For five years Mary split her time professionally to enjoy year-round snowboarding, in the winter working for Red Bull producing snow events and in the summer, as Snowboard Marketing Director at Windells Camp. She made the move out west officially when she became Online Editor at SNOWBOARDER Magazine a position that allowed her to travel around the world to document snowboarding through words and photos. This past winter, she enrolled in AIARE Avy 1 and began to explore the backcountry via splitboard, an area that she is excited to expand. Currently, Mary is Field Editor at SNOWBOARDER where she continues to search out stories that extoll the virtues of standing sideways, a vocal advocate for welcoming more ladies into the snowboarding tribe.