Lots of insightful replies here! Thanks for taking the time ladies.
Here's another answer, from Canadian slope skier Yuki Tsubota
I donít think this is a problem in just freeskiing but in all extreme and contact sports.
When I look back to when I was growing up I was no questions asked, a tomboy; I played hockey, soccer, climbed, biked and skied. I think when I played hockey there was maybe four or five girls that played compared to the 30-40 boys and a similar situation for skiing. Most girls want to dance or do gymnastics, which there is nothing wrong with but youíre on the ground not flying through the air or have someone running into you, I think those sports have impressions of being less scary.
There is no doubt that these sports are all high risk and scary as you get older, competing and playing competitively, but I believe itís about learning properly. I would way rather do a backflip off a 60ft jump then have to do one on a beam or a crazy bar routine, but thatís because I started on a 5ft jump and worked my way up. If we can get girls out there young and teach them the fundamentals of skiing and that itís not scary if you work your way up we will have a much bigger and stronger group of girls in the generations to come.
I already see itÖ. every spring I get asked to coach the Slayers camp that Tami Bradley puts on in Whistler and you should see how many girls show up, last year we had about 10-15 girls every weekend which was almost the same as the boys. These kids are doing flips into the airbag and starting to spin the jumps and theyíre barely 10 years old.
I also think with how expensive the sport can be it keeps kids away. I was very lucky that my parents could afford to put me in programs and buy me gear, it wasnít always easy but managed.
And here's Cassie's full interview if anyone is interested in checking it out.