Birth Place: Edmonton, AB
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
National Team Since: 2010
Home Club: Jasper Freeride and Southern Alberta
Sponsors: Smith Optics, Columbia, Atomic, Toyo Tires
Every winter, Keltie Hansen and her family would drive up to Jasper National Park to ski Marmot Basin. This started at the early age of three for Keltie, who would later join the Jumps & Bumps program with her older brother Lucas.
Keeping up with Lucas was part of the challenge for young Keltie as she was introduced to freestyle skiing. Nonetheless, by the age of eight she was an avid mogul and freeride skier. Keltie made the official move to halfpipe skiing after she won her first open pro event at the age of 15. At this event Keltie was actually mistaken for a boy while skiing in the open jam format due to her progressive run.
Named to the national team at 18, Keltie was already making waves when she made her FIS World Championships debut in 2009 at the age of 16. Two years later she would return to World Championships to capture the bronze. Later that year she would also win the 2011 AFP Championships.
Keltie’s biggest challenge would come in 2013 when doctors informed her that she’d have to miss the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games after succumbing to a major injury. Keltie tore her ACL eight months before the Games, but through incredible dedication she managed to be back on snow in six months. Keltie qualified for the Sochi games where she finished 13th overall.
Outside of skiing, Keltie is a student at Quest University with creative hobbies. When Keltie is not skiing she enjoys painting, sketching and dancing. Keltie was a competitive dancer until the age of 17. She still enjoys the occasional dance class. Her skills as a dancer have greatly contributed to her balance and ability to spin both ways on skis.
When she was younger, her artistic inspiration primarily stemmed from her best friend’s mom and her grandmother, both of whom were artists. The majority of her artwork is drawings and sketches; however, when she has the opportunity and the supplies available, she loves to paint landscapes. While she is unable to travel with much of her art supplies, she often draws and sketches the night before a big competition as a way to stay calm and focused.