Janelle Smiley

Age: 29, Skiing since: I was 3 years old, Hometown: Crested Butte, CO, Favorite product: STRATOS EVO


Who introduced you to skimo? Who are your influences?

My ego ...that's a joke, well, maybe not totally, but the truth is I can not get enough of going fast, so it seemed to be a natural fit. My husband has been there from the beginning of my skimo racing, he is my hero and my greatest influence.

How old were you when you first became a professional athlete?

When I was 10, a Land's End catalogue photographer paid me to put on a pink snowsuit and tromp around on snowshoes. Does that count?

What are some of your lifetime skiing/race goals?

To someday teach my grandchildren to ski mountaineer. Wait, I need to have kids first. So, I guess to continue the skimo legacy throughout my life.

What is your proudest skiing accomplishment?

Becoming the national champion in Jackson WY.

Are you a skier for life? Was there a defining moment that made you realize this?

My defining moment that makes me realize I am a skier for life happens over and over again. Each time I click into my bindings pure joy runs though my body, as long as that keeps happening, I'm in!

What do you enjoy most about skiing?

Would it be crazy to say the up? Ok, it's really the down!!

Describe your dream run:

Unending, without leg burn, and with my favorite people.

Top five favorite movies:

They would all be found on the smileys project website, ok not really. They keep making new ones so it is hard to choose.

What do you do to train for races?

Eat donuts, of course.

Top five favorite books:

The books I seems to read the most are climbing guide books, they don't really make me any smarter but they make my body sore. I do enjoy reading biographies, non fiction, and the Chronicles of Narnia are always fun.

What’s the longest you’ve spent on a single skimo expedition?

16 hours

Top five favorite musical groups:


What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a race?

Across the Atlantic, to Italy

Top five favorite foods/meals:

Blueberries Greens Peanut butter Tasty Bites Chocolate banana smoothies

Briefly describe your most memorable moment while skiing:

Wow, thats a hard one, maybe it has happened and is yet to happen.

Are injuries a part of skiing? What’s your general mentality for handling injuries?

Pray they don't happen

Top five hobbies when you’re not skiing:

Climbing Rocks & mountains Sharing great conversations while enjoying a warm drink Mountain and townie biking Baking tasty treats Running fast

If you had to ski one mountain for the rest of your life, which would it be?

One mountain or one mountain range? I would choose the Rocky Mountains.