Protecting the environment is hugely important to me. I've seen, firsthand, the effects of climate change on glaciers worldwide and on our winters here in Utah. But the battle isn't just to preserve our way of life as skiers and snowboarders and mountaineers, it's about human health, cleaning up our air quality and creating a future we want to live in! Today, President Obama is announcing the Clean Power Plan, the boldest and most aggressive action ever taken by the U.S. to address climate change. I wholeheartedly support this brave move, on a national level but more importantly on a state level. It will go a long way to cleaning up Utah's air quality- for those of you who are from Utah, let's urge Governor Herbert to support this too! #ActOnClimate #CleanPowDerPlan @protectourwinters Photo: @rob.lea

Waterfall and wildflower weekend trail vibes. May the good times flow…! Photo: @rob.lea Bonus points if you can name the location!

Some people chase the endless winter but not me. I love the hot summer days to make me crave winter. It's a time for hard work, training, planning, organizing… And for me, the anticipation makes the reward that much sweeter. Shredding through the icing on the cake – photo: @leecohen_pics

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stats to change the world."-Harriet Tubman Reaching for the stars on the summit ridge of Mt. Hood. @rob.lea

Suns out Guns out (ok not really in this pic)! Find out how pro skiers @sierraquitiquit, @steepskiing, @christinalusti, @mikaelashiffrin, @lynseydyer and I eat and train in the off-season in this article on (link below and in profile): swinging leads up the East face of Mt. Whitney last summer @jeffbeckstrand #bigmtndreams

Night gardening is so hot right now. Another great use of my @petzl_official headlamp. Thanks Petzl. Project #foodnotlawn going strong. Photo @rob.lea

There’s always something new to see in Southern Utah. I love finding out what's around the next corner. Sometimes, you just have to get outside your comfort zone and look at something in a different way. Visit to our video from this road trip. Photo: @forestwoodward #undiscovered @landroverusa #discoverysport #sponsored

Had me a little date with the Devil today and found my happy place. Devil's Castle traverse at @altaskiarea. Photo @rob.lea

One of the things I love most about mountain climbing is the bond we share with partners. I met @sonilmose last winter in Italy, and we shared a base camp in Peru this spring. After I went back to the USA, Enrico crushed it and deserves a shout out. High fives, my pink-haired friend, for your accomplishment – climbing and skiing Artesonraju and Tocllaraju, solo! I hope we meet for another climb/ski adventure in this world soon! #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams @patagonia_snow

Sometimes you learn more from the mountains you don’t summit than the ones you do. Tocllaraju taught me the importance of backing off, and while I still feel disappointed that I didn’t climb and ski this line, I know I can always go back. #PeruSki15 @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sp

Take a break for nature. Sunlight fuels productivity! Working by a sunny window is best, but if that's not possible, try going for a pre-work or midday walk or run. Here's a shot from my morning run. (Believe it or not, I spent quite a bit of time in my home office in the off-season.)

When the going gets tough, keep on truckin'. #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsportPhoto: @tmacphee

Play in the dirt. Give the garden some love. That's what I'm doing this weekend… Photo: @kristopherorr

I recently went on a road trip to discover the constellations and planets of the dark night sky. So stoked we waited out the weather for this stellar view! Photo: @forestwoodward See our whole adventure at Photo: @forestwoodward #undiscovered #sponsored #discoverysport @landroverusa

Embrace messy hair. #strongisthenewpretty #tbt to Indian Creek road trip. Photo: @forestwoodward #LiveLifeProof @LifeProof #sponsor

Starting to have those ski dreams… 159 more days til winter. Photo @jaybeyerimaging

I love my home mountains, the Wasatch, winter, spring, summer and fall! Running the DirtyBird this weekend at @snowbird was a good reminder that there's no bad time to visit the Cottonwood Canyons. @jaybirdsport #poweryourpassion @sueminneci

Celebrate the wild and beautiful! This post is to celebrate #sharkweek – since the rock fin behind me looks a little like a shark fin. It's my first time ever watching Shark Week and I've been enjoying learning more about these charismatic creatures of the sea while I'm taking some time off training to rest and relax. #savesharks photo: @rob.lea #PeruSki15

Gardening, one of my favorite summer pastimes. A few years ago, I decided to rip out all the grass in my backyard and convert the space into a giant fruit and vegetable garden. I also built a drip irrigation system on a timer so the plants could get water while I traveled. Now, in its fourth year, project #foodnotlawn continues to deliver a wealth of yummy edible organic vegetables. #tbt to this harvest basket. Photo: @kristopherorr

Keep your eyes on the prize and the big goals in mind. What are your wildest #bigmtndreams? photo: @alyssalarson_mt @julbousa @patagonia #sponsored

What #bigmtndreams are made of…Skiing Pisco Oeste (5752 m/18,871') in the Cordillera Blanca. #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Thinking back to Indian Creek. While I love to travel the world, it's hard to beat a road trip to explore a new corner of my extended backyard. I am so stoked to call Utah home. Check out to see the video from our adventure. Thanks for the wheels @landroverusa #undiscovered #discoverysport #sponsor

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have fun and be safe this weekend. …I'm stoked to be home in Utah and to take a week or two off of training to relax and have a bit of summer fun!

Happy Thursday! I'm back home in Utah after a great trip to Chicago and excited for the 4th of July weekend! What adventures do you have planned? #tbt to this beautiful red, white and blue sunrise on Ishinca #PeruSki15 photo @rob.lea #poweryourpassion @jaybirdsport

Here's a shot from the @greensportsalliance panel I spoke on with fellow athletes @brendanbrazier and @gerglong, moderated by @sarahspain. It was such an honor to speak on this panel and share our insights into how athletes can engage fans to create more sustainable communities. I spoke about some of the work I've done with @protectourwinters and other non-profits. I hope our discussion inspired others at the Summit to want to step outside their comfort zone and take a stand for climate change and environmental responsibility. #greensports

I've been loving my time in #Chicago! Thank you for all the suggestions of places to eat and things to do! In between meetings for the @greensportsalliance summit, I explored the city using the new Divvy bike sharing program! Such a fun way to get around! Photo @rob.lea

The reality of ski mountaineering in Peru is that it’s a long way to get to snow. That, and it rains a lot, or at least it did on our trip. So often, the photos we pick to post on social media show only the glory moments, the best light, the best smile and the best snow. I know I’m guilty of that. But with this post, I wanted to show the truth, hiking in the rain with an awkward, heavy pack with many miles left to go. @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sponsor #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea

A little summit selfie taken at almost 19,000'. Tomorrow, I am going to #Chicago to share my stories of environmental activism with other athletes and industry professionals at the 2015 @greensportsalliance Summit. I would love to hear your recommendations for fun things to do and good places to eat in Chicago! I'm looking forward to exploring the city in between conference sessions. #ActOnClimate #livelikeliz #PeruSki15

Today, I'm dreaming of colder places. I am grateful to have stood here- one those special places on earth where snow, ice and rock collide. I'm back home now in Salt Lake City, Utah, adjusting to the heat and long days, feeling a little bit like a polar bear running out of sea ice. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams #saveourseaice

After several big back to back days in Peru, I was lagging. I decided that jamming out to a little music at basecamp would help get me stoked. What songs get you stoked when you need a little pick-me-up? @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sponsor

The reality of ski mountaineering in Peru. Snow line is really far away. And it's only getting farther away as climate change accelerates melting. According to one study, over 22% of the surface area of Peru's glaciers has vanished in the last 30 years alone. I can't help feel a little sad to see these beautiful tropical glaciers vanish before our eyes. Maybe we can turn it around. #ActOnClimate @protectourwinters #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea

I’m not afraid to dream big and shoot for the stars, but I’m a big fan of proper preparation to give myself the best chance of success. Only you can decide what you are capable of. @LifeProof #LiveLifeProof #sponsor Photo: Taking a moment to get inspired by the Cordillera Blanca on our #PeruSki15 trip. Credit: @rob.lea

I spend a lot of my time at home dreaming about being in the mountains, but a lot of the time in Peru I was dreaming about being home. It was the kind of trip where I had to remind myself that I wanted – I chose -to be there. When I'm home, I look at pictures of big mountains and think, I can climb and ski that. And sometimes the stars align for a smooth summit day. But it's good to know when to back off. Skiing Urus Este, pictured here, was our Plan B. We decided that conditions weren't quite right for us to ski the bigger dream lines. It was too early in the season and snow was still transitioning. But luckily, as you can see here, Plan B wasn't so bad. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams photo @rob.lea @jaybirdsport #poweryourpassion

I did my first "alpine start" with my dad in the Wind River Range on a backpack trip when I was 10 or 11. We left our camp at 3 to make the hike out in one day. I'll never forget the satisfaction I felt once we finally made it back to town. Thanks dad for taking me backpacking, skiing, hiking and being an all around rockstar. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there and don't forget to take your girls to play sports and do adventurous things! Photo: ascending Urus Este in the Cordillera Blanca @rob.lea

Thinking back to #PeruSki15, prepping for a summit bid on Ishinca. I love waking up when it's dark out and hiking through the night to see sunrise from the summit of a mountain. What fun adventures do you have planned for the weekend? I'm looking forward to some rest and relaxation, maybe a mellow wildflower hike or a swim. Photo: @rob.lea

Climbing and skiing big mountains is incredibly dangerous, but I learned a lot more about becoming alpinist on my last trip to Peru. I did a little Q&A with Skiing Magazine about my trip- check out the link in my profile to read more. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

Peru was such a dream! I'll continue to share photos from the trip, but I'm home safe and sound, currently taking a Wilderness First Responder course all week. How many of you avid outdoorspeople have wilderness medicine training? Summer is a great time to consider taking a course! Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a good place to start. #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea

Ice bath, Peruvian style. #PeruSki15

On the summit of Pisco with @rob.lea! I have to admit, I was scared to go ski mountaineering in Peru. I understand how quickly the mountains can sweep someone off the face of the earth, especially a skier who chooses to descend, untethered to the mountain. Not a day goes by that I don't think about @liz_daley. This trip was so important for me, not to overcome my fears, because I have those fears for a reason, but to stand with them, bravely and accept all the emotions that come with them. #livelikeliz #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

Scrambling up and down the glacier moraines and endless talus fields of the #cordillerablanca was an exercise in mind control. Instead of thinking about how much I hated it and how hard it was, I decided to think, this is fun! I love the challenge! I let myself forget the bad memories of rockfall and painful falls on talus. It was a good exercise in letting go of the thoughts that hold you back. As you can see in this pic, it was a long walk to snowline. #PeruSki15 photo @rob.lea

One of my favorite photos of the trip, I live for moments like this- seeing the first glimpse of sunrise at 17,000' on Pisco after walking through a cold, dark night. Just getting to snow line with skis in the #cordillerablanca was a real challenge! Photo: @rob.lea #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

The #cordillerablanca is the real deal, these are some of the biggest mountains in the world. Looking up at Huandoy Norte from Pisco base camp was incredibly humbling. And a healthy reminder that the mountains don't care about you and your #bigmtndreams.

One of the first stops on our journey, just past the entrance gates at Huscaran National Park. One of the wildest parts about ski mountaineering in the #cordillerablanca is the vast diversity of ecosystems you travel through, starting around 10,000' in Huaraz and ending up two days later at almost 19,000' on the summit of Pisco! A flexible layering system is essential. Grateful for all my @Patagonia gear. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams photo: @rob.lea

Sunset in the Cordillera Blanca on our first night at Pisco base camp. We just returned to Huaraz after five nights in the mountains. Weather continued to give us challenges, at Ishinca it was warm and rainy, on Pisco, lots of wind and bitter cold. So goes high mountain travel. We made the most of our time… More photos and stories to come, but for now, I can't wait to sleep! Buenos noches and sweet #bigmtndreams everyone! #PeruSki15 photo: @rob.lea

So happy to be skiing in the #cordillerablanca! Tomorrow, we are going back into the mountains to try and climb and ski two more peaks. I'm excited- we have a good plan and a strong team with @rob.lea and @sonilmose. Have a good weekend everyone! #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

Peru- ski it while you can. The tropical glaciers here are melting at unprecedented rates. Despite high snow lines, I'm stoked we were able to summit and ski both Ishinca (18,143'/5530m- pictured here) and Urus Este during our stay in the Ishinca Valley. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams #ActOnClimate photo: @rob.lea

First light on Ranrapalca on our ascent of Ishinca. I came to the Cordillera Blanca to push myself, and I am finding the challenge I was seeking. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

Back in Huaraz after 5 days/4 nights at Ishinca basecamp (14,270'/4350m). We had lots of rain and unstable weather, it seems the rainy season doesn't want to end, but this night, we saw a small glimpse of the stars. The mountains here are huge, on a scale like the French Alps, but without the cable cars. Just your feet (and maybe a burro to help lighten the load part of the way). #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams

Learning to understand the mountain weather by studying the clouds here in Peru. I made this timelapse at the Laguna Chulup yesterday by propping my @LifeProof case against a rock and letting it roll. I love how it turned out! #LiveLifeProof #PeruSki15 #sponsor

Packing to head into Ishinca base camp tomorrow… And then this happened! Here are the tools of the trade. My kit includes:@msr_gear shovel, probe, pickets and snow stakes, @delormegps inreach SE, @goalzero venture30, @petzl Sum'tec, Summit and laser speed light ice screws and v-thresher, @lifeproof case and @julbousa Vermont Mythic glacier glasses. #PeruSki15 #bigmtndreams photo: @rob.lea