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Natalie Blum – Competitive Skier (Livingston, MT)

Natalie - Creek to Peak AmbassadorBorn in Billings and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Natalie has been skiing Bridger Bowl since she was 3 year old and was taught by her dad. Her recreational racing career started in 8th Grade. Sparked by Mikaela Shiffrin’s first World Cup win on December 20th, 2012, a slalom race in Are, Sweden at the age of 17.  Her Junior ski season was her last season of recreational racing career. She finished her recreational career, participating in 13 race, 9 podiums and 3 wins in the 14-18 age group.

Her Senior ski season and her 15th ski season, she joined the Bridger Ski Foundation U19 Alpine Team. She wore a letter bib at most of the USSA Northern Division races including U16 Western Region Championships in Big Sky, Montana. After having an amazing season with 55 race starts, 47 finished runs, ran 4800 break away gates and having a 20 second time improvement in Giant Slalom in a single season. All the coaches voted her as the Forerunner of the Year.

She played high school volleyball all four years in the fall. Her senior season, she got the Coaches Choice Award. She graduated from Shields Valley High School on May 21st, 2017 in Clyde Park, Montana. Going into her 16th ski season, as a first year U21 athlete. She has decided to split her 16th ski season between Bridger Ski Foundation and Silver Run Ski Team in Red Lodge, Montana to make the most of race training.

 

A note from Nat:

I would like to thank my parents and the Northern Division coaching staff. Racing Northern and college races, she is a possible forerunner for the 2020 NCAA National Championships, hosted by MSU skiing at Bridger Bowl. I would like to thank my sponsors, Creek to Peak Wear, Slytech and Intermountain Sales. I have a great team behind me full of support. I could not do this without this support system in place. I will race as long as possible and always be involved in ski racing in some form.