Betty of the Month: Casey Lucas

Photos: Justin Befu

Name: Casey Lucas
Age: 27
Years riding: 14
Hometown: Christmas Valley, CA
Home mountain: Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Sponsors: Kirkwood, Oakley, Never Summer Industries, SLT Cross Fit, Dakine, Mountains Calling.
Recent results:
  Rahlves Banzai Tour Champion (2nd year in a row)
  North Face Masters, Squaw Valley CA, FWT 4* 2nd
  Freeride World Tour 5*:
  Fiberbrunn, Austria 3rd - Chamonix, France 4th - Revelstoke, BC 4th - Kirkwood, USA 4th
  Overall FWT 2013 5th

Kirkwood - Casey Lucas - 12.19.12 from Deep Roots Media - Dane Henry on Vimeo.

Any advice for girls just getting into snowboarding?
Be patient and always remember to have fun. Ride with people better than you, and don’t limit yourself to riding with the guys, ladies are incredibly empowering.

What are you up to this summer?
My summer will consist of long walks on the beach and dreams of snowflakes! And I’ll be Crossfitting, mountain biking, SUPing, yoga, enjoy much needed family and friend time, catching up on reading, BBQ’s on the beach, and road trips with my boyfriend. Also saving up for next winter, working as a massage therapist. Not sure if I will make it back to South America, but I am not opposed to it!

Photo: Justin Befu

Exciting plans for next season?  Are you planning to continue with the Freeride World Tour?
Next season is a bit up in the air, I hope to again participate in the Freeride World Tour. FWT was an incredible experience, it has been an honor to ride big faces all over the world with extremely talented athletes. You can watch all the footage from the events at

I will for sure be involved in film projects focused on riding bigger lines, to new tricks off backcountry jumps. I have also been enjoying the Daron Rahlves Banzai Tour, the always high speed technical courses challenge my skill and ovaries!

Photo: Kristen Lucas

Pirates or ninjas?

Where was the coolest place you travelled this season?
Arlberg, Austria

Photo: Mikaela Hollsten (Austria)

You have lots of options living in Tahoe, what’s your favorite resort and why?
Hands down Kirkwood. The inbounds terrain is littered with shoots, rock drops, deep snow, no lift lines, and fun people.  When the boundaries are open you can access some of the sickest terrain in the Tahoe area.

What inspired you to compete in freeride vs. the traditional competition scene?
I started out snowboarding in high school, GS and slalom racing. We trained at Kirkwood,  where I saw my first freeride contest. I was in absolute awe of these incredible athletes, throwing their bodies off huge cliffs, adding in tricks, while maintaining style and riding as fast as they possibly could.
Freeriding stimulated my senses and spirit, it was a natural progression. Freeriding can inspire you to compete and/or provide a life of solitude in the most expansive places on earth. I do try and challenge my self in all aspects of the sport.

Photo: J. Bernard/Freeride World Tour
Competition or filming?
Both fulfill different aspects of who I am and how I connect with the sport.

Advice for girls interested in trying big mountain or backcountry riding?
Take an avalanche course. It’s a really great way to gain confidence and self reliance. Go big and go fast! Surround yourself with inspiring people, you’ll always progress and have a great time. Never limit yourself to what has already been done, keep your mind open.

Snowmobile or splitboard? Or both?

  Dark Chocolate
Snowboard shop:  Shoreline of Tahoe and Tahoe Sports LTD
FWT stop:  Kirkwood of course:)
Color:  Blue
Sunglasses: Oakley
Snowboard film: Art of Flight
Imaginary animal: Fairies and Sasquatch
Inspiration: Anyone who lives there life to the fullest and with purpose. Those who choose to let go of there fears and push there boundaries.

Follow Casey’s blog at

Photo:  Dave Clock @ Kirkwood Banzai

Posted by Kelly Vance on 06/01/13

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