As told to John Clary Davies
For POWDER’s February feature listing the top 20 skiers 18 and under, we quizzed each of the Young Bloods about skiing and life. The most adorable answers? That’d go to No. 20, 10-year-old Estonian Kelly Sildaru.
Hometown: Tallinn, Estonia
Home ski hill: Nõmme Lumepark
Career highlights: On their way to come, hopefully.
Have you appeared in ski films? For three years, I have had a part in PVS Company’s ski films, first Punch Line, then Animus and the latest Pour Vous Servir. I hope it continues like that, and maybe one day I will be able have Best Female award in IF3.
Sponsors: Nike, Red Bull, K2, Spy, Blue Tomato, Mariine Auto, Alexela, Dalbello
If you’ve competed in contests, what are your best results?
The past season was very generous to me when it comes to the competitions. I managed to win every contest I entered, despite being very nervous. I took part in the Mayrhofen Open, Polish Freeskiing Open, Ladies First Challenge, and Master of Ylläs.
Are you on Twitter or Instagram?
Unfortunately not, but I use Facebook. I also have a fan page there. It’s turned out to be quite popular and I’m very thankful for all the support and motivation I have gotten from my fans through that page.
What was your first pair of skis?
Snowblades. My uncle’s snowblades adjusted with ski bindings, giving me the opportunity to ski both ways.
What do you ski on? What size?
Most of all, I use K2 Missys in a 139cm or 149cm. I love very much my pow skis, Bad Apples. I did my first backcountry jumps with them and I am super satisfied.
Who is your favorite musician at the moment?
It changes all the time, but at the moment I enjoy The Script “Hall Of Fame” ft. will.i.am.
What is your favorite ski movie segment?
I do not have it. Sweet Flavor from PVS movie Punch Line, it was my first part in a real ski movie and the fact that I skied there with such an incredible skiers like Virginie Faivre and Ane Enderud makes it even more special for me.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
One time when I went to my teacher’s classroom to ask about something during the break and she asked the older students who were about to have their lesson in that same classroom if they knew who I was. It felt quite awkward standing in front of everybody when all the attention was on me.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Physical education is one of my favorites.
What’s one thing you always travel with?
For some time now it`s been my iPad. It keeps me entertained.
What’s your favorite non-ski movie?
Very hard to tell, too many good movies have been created. I like all kinds of cartoons like Shrek, Ice Age, Monster Inc. and so on.
Best ski day ever?
Every day I get to ski.
What was your first trick on skis that you were proud of?
I’m proud of every trick I have ever made. I started from the beginning and moved on to harder things, so every step forward shows progression and makes me happy and proud.
If you could only ski one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Val Thorens in France with its three valleys, because it is so big and gives you many opportunities for different needs. I also have special affection with this place, because it was my first destination for skiing in big mountains when I was five.
What is your dream trip?
This trip should take me somewhere where it is possible to swim with dolphins.
Who is the most beautiful skier of the opposite sex?
Name one thing outside of skiing most people don’t know about you:
I am scared of spiders and other insects, especially when I find them on or near me.
If you weren’t a professional skier, what would you want to be?:
I don’t know if it is correct to call me a professional skier, but I would maybe like to be a model. When I was very small, like three or four years old, I wanted to become a shop clerk.
What is your favorite food?
Warm chicken salad with iceberg lettuce and Caesar dressing made by my mother.
Who’s your favorite skier outside of your skiing discipline?
Kristina Smigun-Vähi, former Estonian cross-country skier, Olympic medalist.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would like to have the power to know all the languages in the world or psychic power.
Where do you want to be in 20 years?
I don’t even have that long of a history, so it is quite hard to see twice as far to the future.