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29. Elyse Saugstad

Photograph By Grant Gunderson

An Alaska native who grew up figure skating and ski racing, in 2008, professional big mountain skier Elyse Saugstad won the overall title on the Freeride World Tour, still the only American woman who's done so. Now, her focus is on filming: In 2013, she was the only female finalist in Teton Gravity Research's Co-Lab contest, where she produced a cliff-dropping segment that earned her Best Female Performance at the 2013 Powder Video Awards. In 2014, look out for her in the new all-women's ski film, "Pretty Faces."