Athlete, skier, and guide Kim Reichhelm is a passionate force in the ski industry and has been working with Turtle Fur since the very beginning. She met our founder, Millie Merrill, back in ’83 and has been a part of the family ever since. As a Vermont native, she knows brutally cold, icy winters, and the importance of having great gear.
The thing is, Kim isn’t “just” a world-class skier. When she’s not living and skiing in Colorado, she’s spending her time fishing and surfing in Mexico. Basically, any chance she gets to be outside, she takes it.
Where is your hometown?
Stratton Mt., Vermont
Where do you currently reside?
Aspen, Colorado and Baja, Mexico
What are your favorite ways to spend time outside?
Skiing, surfing, kite-surfing, fishing, being outside with friends and family
When did you first hear about Turtle Fur, and how long have you been partnered with them?
In 1983 I met Millie Merrill at the Ski Industry Trade show in Las Vegas. She had a tiny little booth and was selling just the Turtle’s Neck. I thought it was a fantastic idea, having grown up skiing in Vermont and currently ski racing for the University of Colorado, I was in love immediately. Millie gave me a few necks and I wore them for the rest of the season, telling anyone who would listen how fantastic they were. Over the years, Millie gave me fresh Necks each season and we continued to communicate. Once I stared Women’s Ski Adventures in 1989 she provided one Turtle’s Neck for each of my guests. Turtle Fur has been a Ski With Kim sponsor for over 30 years.
Why did you want to partner with Turtle Fur?
Turtle Fur makes great products and offers a ton of variety. We are connected because of our history. There are other choices out there but for me there is only one. I’m a very product loyal athlete and Turtle Fur has been incredibly generous to me over the years. There is no reason to use anything but Turtle Fur.
What does the partnership with Turtle Fur mean to you?
The relationship with Turtle Fur is mutually beneficial. I ski all the time and need great products to protect my face, keep me warm, and look stylish. I’m also an influencer. I travel to ski resorts all over the world and am in contact with thousands of people. Turtle Fur sells itself. The product looks and performs well and makes me look good. It’s the perfect relationship. I also love the concept of Project Warmth. Giving back is the most rewarding thing there is. I like knowing I’m working with a company who cares about the needs of those who are less fortunate.
What Turtle Fur product comes with you on every adventure, and why?
Ultra Lightweight Totally Tubular. It's perfect for keeping the sun, wind, and snow off my face and neck all seasons. I surf and kite in it, fish in it, and I wear it as a base layer under my helmet on cold winter days. Then I wear it as a headband or hat to combat bad helmet hair.
What is your most cherished outdoor memory?
I've skied 100 days a year since I was 12. So this is a hard questions to answer. I love fishing with my brother, Todd. He's like a fish whisperer and time on the water with him is some of the best times I know.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
I'm a sporty girl so I like to have active cultural adventures. Since I just traveled to Africa, next on my list is Machu Picchu, then the Galapagos. My favorite places to ski are Alaska and Japan but I'm always happy to be at one of my homes, Aspen or Baja.
What is your day job?
Founder, Director and Head Boot Buckler for Ski with Kim.
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
In the 2004-2005 season I won the South American, US and World Extreme Skiing Championships. And starting Women's Ski Adventures in 1989 when muscles were not sexy and the entire ski industry told me I was crazy.
Two truths and a lie:
I was on the David Letterman show
I once held the US Ski team records for bench jumps in a minute
I only have nine toes
Where should people go if they want to follow along on your adventures?
Ski With Kim
YouTube: Kim Reichhelm