Questions by Tennille Barber
Last year I caught up to Nadine Overwater as she started on the concept for LaNina Sled Camp and was amping up to teach other women how to get full tilt in pow. Something about her says “I’m casual”, at the same time giving you a vibe that says “Follow me”. I’m 100% sure that even when the girls in her camp are tits deep digging out their sleds with her by their side, they feel as if following her into the backcountry was the obvious choice for their sleducation. I haven’t arranged a machine as of yet but I feel like it’s coming on soon. When I do she’s the first I’ll call to figure out how to make a sled do what I want with all 115 lbs of hulking feminine mass I have. I also know that decision will be tops on “best decisions made in winter” on the TB life list, without a doubt.
If she isn’t in the mountains you can find her by the ocean. Either surf in the water or shred in the snow, Nadine’s passion for life reaches out to people.
1. This is the first official year for your sled camps? How is it going and what have you learned from last year to this year?
Tennille, I have learnt a tonne from last year to this year. Last year, was a short season for me and almost all of the participants returned this season and had very positive feedback for me. I have a dealership, Riderz out of Edson, AB onboard providing me with a machine and multiple clients for my clinics. I have girls thatare completely stoked to come and be able to shred for the weekend and not worry about the boys. I learnt that girls like to book it for the whole weekend instead of just one day and the main concern is to gain confidence and that is just what they are doing here at La Nina Sled Camp. I’ve learnt that most of the ladies that I coach have it in them to learn the skills that they came to learn, they just never took the time to learn them. I learnt that we are going to get stuck as $%@( and still have the best day ever. I learnt that I set out in this business to get ladies super ramped on sledding and be able to further their skills and so far, I think from the feedback I am receiving, I am doing that – and that makes me super happy!
2. Working at Glacier House must be awesome, what do you like about working there?
Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours is amazing – I get to meet people from all over the world, whom come to the “snowmobile Mecca” to ride and I get to show them the wonderful playground we have here in our backyard. It also helps with my professional career in that I essentially get to practice everyday. Everyday that I am guiding, I am on a machine, and that is practicing skills that I wouldn’t get to practice if I worked anywhere else. When I am guiding I am not pushing my limits but practicing the basic skills that advanced riders don’t usually take the time to do. I think that really helps my riding. Just like any other sport, the basics are key and the more you have them dialed in – the easier it is to push further and further. Plus, I am just logging tonnes of seat time on my machine and getting more comfortable on it so that when the time comes to push the limits, it’s a lot easier. It’s kind of like a limb for me at this point.
3. I see you’ve been doing lots of surfing, what do you like about it and is there any crossover for you between the two?
Haha. Absolutely. I contribute surf time to sanity. I love the ocean. I will be there full time at some point in life. Right now I am still in love with the mountains too much to leave them and my body still permits me withstand compression so I will fly with that…..the crossover is part training and part mental. I believe that you need a healthy mix and both sports permit me to stay super fit and both sports make me happy and give me a perfect balance, I also adore the people that both of the sports attract. There is a huge crossover. I don’t think I would ever be able to give up one or the other no matter how old or haggard I get.
4. Funniest story from a sled camp?
This is a tough one. I had a lady riding “squirrel” one time – that is when I sit them in front of me like a little squirrel and take them for a lap of pow turns. She screamed the entire time, like happy screams and was getting mega face shots and the entire mountain could hear her I am pretty sure. I will never forget that.
5. Best lesson learned for a girl in one of your camps.
100% it’s confidence. Like I said before, most of these girls have it in them already but they are always afraid to practice their skills because they get stuck and feel like they hold the group up. But just spending a weekend working on skills with no program to have to make it to some set point helps them gain confidence and also seeing what other women are capable of really pushes you to try it for yourself.
6. Favorite moment/breakthrough for a girl in a camp.
That first successful countersteer in a pow carve. This is when you have to actually push your skis in the opposite direction of where you want to turn and really lay into your carve. Girls get soooo fired up the first time they actually do this. It is so rad to watch. It feels so good and I am pretty sure it gets ladies hooked on sledding and hungry to come riding.
7. Aspirations for the future?
My business goals are to continue what I am doing with La Nina Sled Camp, it is exactly what I want it to be. I would like to expand and include a few other locations in the near future. My personal goals are to secure a film segment within 2 years and continue shredding with passion in this amazing place, with amazing friends.
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity again this year Nadine, and best of luck whether you’re by the ocean or high in the mountains! Check out the LaNina Sled Camp website for more info and regular ride reports.