Tune in and stream the Pro Playlist of Atomic freeskier Molly Baker, with tracks from Lykke Li to Kid Cudi and Buena Vista Social Club. Rock out while enjoying photos and Q&A from one of the top ladies in the game…
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1- Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
2- Lana del Ray – Video games
3- Beirut – Nantes
4- Deer Tick – These Old Shoes
5- Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness
6- Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
7- Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know
8- Amadou and Miriam – Sabali
9- Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tu
10- Buena Vista Social Club – Chan Chan
11- Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
[Earlyups] Do you listen to tunes while skiing? How about in the backcountry?
[Molly Baker] Never. I actually don’t even own any kind of portable music playing device. I’ve got a CD player in my truck. And if I did have an Ipod, I wouldn’t listen to music in the backcountry. There are too many other sounds worth hearing. Sometimes exhausted and bleary eyed at the top of a long hike, I wish I had certain melodies to raise my energy levels for the skiing, but as soon as you’re into your first turn, that happens anyways.
[Earlyups] Favorite pump-up song for when you’re about to do something scary?
[Molly Baker] I love to dance and rarely am nervous to do it, but every once in awhile certain music makes it difficult to move. Then a certain song starts playing and it’s easy again. I imagine skiing is the same way. Music has a powerful way of altering your state of mind, which is sometimes what needs to happen if you’re frightened on your skis. You’ve got to act the role of confidence. And since skiing is kind of like a dance, you’ve got to have the right music to do it well (in your head or with an Ipod). I prefer a tranquil, but eccentric tune with Latin influence like Chan Chan by Buena Vista Social Club.
[Earlyups] Summer plans?
[Molly Baker] I just got back to Washington from Norway. I’ll be here, living on Lummi Island (off the coast of Bellingham) and taking a writing class once a week in Vancouver until the end of July. A trip to Santa Cruz to surf (my little sister lives there) and some time at Mt. Hood with Atomic, are part of the plans for that time. Then, I am off to New Zealand with Atomic and hopefully a late S. America trip to ski with my new teammate, Michelle Parker in Bariloche, Argentina.
[Earlyups] Who would win in a ski-off, you or Chuck Norris?
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[Molly Baker] Doesn’t Chuck Norris always win?
[Earlyups] Do you have a go-to snack for the backcountry?
[Molly Baker] I always have a few ChocoLove Sea Salt and Almonds chocolate bars in my pack and like to stick Clif Shot Blocks in jacket pockets. On big hikes I never have an appetite for anything more than a little chocolate and some gummies.
[Earlyups] Apres: Beer, Cocktail or Water?
[Molly Baker] Definitely water. Beer and cocktails are reserved for summer adventures—biking, hiking, and climbing.
[Earlyups] Favorite Hollywood “ski movie” (i.e. Hot Dog, Better Off Dead, etc..) and why?
[Molly Baker] My favorite has yet to be produced. It will shine a Little Miss Sunshine light on ski culture, where the awkward idiosyncrasies of the modern ski bum are portrayed all while poking fun of modern society’s belief that you are going up or you’re going down. The director of Little Miss Sunshine was inspired to make a film satirizing words from a speech he’d heard given by Arnold Schwarzenegger to a group of high school students proclaiming that the one thing he hated in this world were losers. Skiers in general aren’t into ridiculous life competitions, like owning new cars, having the white picket fence, and other mainstream forms of snobbery. They just enjoy what they know to appreciate in life. And often that doesn’t fit into the world’s views of how people should live.
But, if I had to choose, I’d say any James Bond film with skiing in it. This winter I met John Eaves, the skiing stunt man for these films, at Red Mountain. His competence in all areas of life impressed me. He plays the stud he was in the movies in real life.
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