Ellen Kaufman

ellen Kaufman




Minnetonka, MN

currently resides

Golden, CO

what's your day job?

Marketing Coordinator at ye ol' Weston 

highest level of avalanche education


what's your story on finding your way to snowboarding/skiing?

Growing up in Minnesota, you get to enjoy winter for what feels like 10 months out of the year. So if you want to get your healthy dose of the great outdoors, you better learn how to play in the snow. At the ripe old age of 8 and obviously too "punk rock" for skis, I hopped on my first snowboard and took to the icy slopes and tow ropes at Hyland Hills (yes, hills). Game over. Fast forward 9 years later when I moved out west to Colorado and the game was changed yet again with the addition of elevation, terrain, and this strange fluffy white stuff called powder. Here we are today, I'm still chasing the dream, trying to learn all I can about mountain movement and never happier than when I'm on my board. 

Describe Your Best Powder Day in the Backcountry

My first time to the Cupcakes on Vail Pass!! Bouncing on top of those pillow powder clouds like the little mushrooms in Super Mario Bros had me frothing at the mouth. 

Describe A Humbling Day in the Backcountry

Taking AIARE L1 with the Backcountry Babes crew (shout out ladies!) we went out for our first field day on Hoosier Pass in -60 below windchill. Loading up at the trailhead was absolute misery as we tried putting our skins on against the wind. After what felt like eternity standing around with bouncing knees listening to our barely audible instructors scream over the wind about the snow pack, even our 5 puffy jacket layering schemes were beginning to fail against the icy conditions. I'd experienced cold days on resort before but nothing like this in the backcountry where it's truly you and your gear vs. the elements. Luckily, we put our safe decision making skills to good practice as the group collectively called the field day short and continued the duration of the course indoors. That day I learned that Mama Nature isn't out there trying to agree with your plans for the day. Be prepared. Safety is COOL.

why weston?

The boards absolutely rip. On a deeper note, I've been on a lot of snowboards in my day but haven't felt connected to a company the way I do Weston. Getting on the boards and becoming more involved with the Weston family has opened up new doors and truly lit my fire for exploring the outdoors in new ways once again. Aside from badass boards (did I mention they rip?) Weston reflects who I am as a snowboarder and a human being - pursuing passions in nature responsibly and respectfully as conscious members of this earth tribe. Just good people with good hearts having fun in the snow!

What does your quiver look like and why?

Eclipse 150 split for the deep days. Spruce 148 for messing around on resort. Riva split 153 for when I have to keep up with the big kids. 


Regular +15/-9


Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha - in the works. (If you guys see this, please sponsor me!)