Interview by Jeff Schmuck
Hey, howâs it going?
Good. How was the haunted house last night?
It was amazing! I went with Shidasha, you know Shidasha Holmstead right?
Her and I went with two of my guy friends, and all of us were clinging onto eachother the entire time, we couldnât let go, we were so scared. We ended up in this room filled with bodies in these bags that were hanging everywhere and we couldnât see that much. We were just trying to get though all the bags and we got lost in that part of the house forever. And then I donât know who it was, I think it Jason or someone from Halloween and he was there trying to kill us. It was sweet.
Jason is from Friday the 13th. Was it him or Michael Meyers?
I honestly have no idea it was. I was so scared so I was just closing my eyes so I didnât even see his face (laughs). I love haunted houses, theyâre one my favorite things ever to do and they scare me to death. I even get scared waiting in line. You know when the actors come by and try to scare you while youâre waiting to get in? I get scared from that. One of the people I was with told one of the actors my name and they were like, âGrete weâre going to kill you!â I was so scared because I couldnât figure out how he knew my name. I was freaking out! (laughs)photo courtesy: Anna De Masi
So howâs school going?
Itâs going really good. I had a test today and it was pretty exciting because the teacher graded it right after class. I worked my ass off studying for it last night, except for when I went to the haunted house. So today I was studying like crazy and I fell asleep in the lounge at school and then I woke up, realized I knew all of the information, went into the test, took it and I got 100%, so I was psyched. My professor even gave me a high-five.
Tell everyone what youâre taking.
The classes Iâm taking this semester are computer essentials, communication speech, productive logic, and survey of theater.
And youâre working towards a business management degree right?
Thatâs correct. Yep.
So the big news is, youâve left Armada and signed with Head as of yesterday? Or was it the day before?
Cool. So, why Head?
Well Armada was great and I had a really good time with them but I decided I wanted to go with a company that was going to be more womenâs-skiing focused. And Headâs going to be able to do that, so Iâm really excited.
What are their plans for the future in that area? Are they going to be making more womenâs-specific twintips?
Well, weâll see what happens. The plan right now is Iâm going to work with a bunch of women on the board all together, and I just want to work with a company thatâs been in the industry forever. Head skis have been around forever, ever since I started skiing, and I know theyâll continue to be in the sport no matter what happens, and thatâs whatâs so cool about working with a company like this. I canât explain how stoked I am and how excited I am to work with all these different athletes and people.
A lot of people are going to wonder why leave Armada for Head, or rather, why leave Armada in general?
Right, right. The main reason is, like I was saying before, Armada was great, but I needed a company that was going to be focused on womenâs skiing and thatâs why Iâm going to Head. That was the main reason why. I wanted to work with a company that was going to focus a lot of their marketing dollars and designing teams on making womenâs-specific skis and pushing the sport of womenâs-skiing. I couldnât do that as much at Armada so I decided I wanted to do it with someone else and Head was great about it.
Will your plans change at all for the winter and beyond now that youâre on a different ski sponsor?
No, I think itâll be pretty much the same. It might change a little bit here and there but Iâm still going to do what I want to do basically. Iâll still pick the contests I want to compete in. Headâs not going to make me do anything more or less than what I want to do. Everything I do in skiing is what I want to do, and theyâre going to let me express what I want to do with my skiing. If it snows a bunch, Iâll go skiing powder a bunch. But if it doesnât, then maybe Iâll just ski pipe all year too. Itâs one or the other, but all I know is Iâm going to have a smile on my face the entire year so itâs going to be great.
Youâve always got a smile on your face Grete.
Shut-up (laughs). But itâs true. Because thereâs so many happy and great things in life.
Whatâs a definite for you this winter?
Well, for sure X-Games. But Michelle and I are also talking about how we want to go to Alaska together when her knee is all better, and thatâs another main thing I want to do. Just see what itâs like and become a mountain woman. Itâll be great. I havenât skied since May so Iâm really pumped for this season, so I canât wait to get out there and have a ball again.
Nice. Is there anything else you want to say about the switch or anything in general?
Oh, make sure you tell everyone Iâm going to see Lilâ Wayne tonight. Iâve got a VIP pass so maybe after the concert my name will be Mrs. Carter. Ya never know (laughs).
photo courtesy: Anna De Masi