Welcome to Brava Bella, a unique sports resource for the active woman (and men too) designed by a multi-sport female athlete.

Wanna be inspired or be an inspiree? Read the blog. Interested in making the dream happen? Pick your element and check out she goes to. Learn where you can follow or be inspired to blaze trail. Need more on me and bravabella? Cruise the about section.

Coming soon a slight change to BB, moving in new directions onward and upward with more information and assistance to help you get out there and get after it. But for now check out some cool links and enjoy my blog with stories of outdoor adventures galore - triathlon, mountaineering, heli-skiing, ski mountaineer racing, climbing, surfing, kite-surfing, biking, trail running and whatever else you can dream of making a reality.

Climbing the fixed ropes below the summit of the Matterhorn
Climbing the fixed ropes below the summit of the Matterhorn

bb in a nutshell

I am multi-sport girl with an extensive background in fitness, events and travel. After receiving numerous emails from friends asking me how to learn or participate in new sports and adventures, I decided to create a website where you, happy reader, can search for and achieve athletic outdoor goals/competitions while inspiring you to reach your personal limits in your backyard or around the world. Bravabella is also a place where I can share my pursuits, my favorite adventures and the achievements of those who inspire me. The idea for BravaBella was born mid ski-mountaineering race in the Valley d'Aosta in Italy. My teammate and I were ascending the final climb together gaining speed and passing other predominantly male teams. “Brava, Bella!” they cheered as we passed. I thought this is fantastic, being recognized for our athleticism, and being respected as strong females- perfect!

Lyndsay at the 2011 U.S. Ski Mountaineering Championships
Lyndsay at the 2011 U.S. Ski Mountaineering Championships

The soul of Bravabella comes from my mother who passed away when I was a young girl. At age forty-four she succumbed to breast cancer after a hard-fought five year battle. Inspired by her enduring struggle, I honor her will to live by taking her with me wherever I go. Roses were her favorite flower and they are the foundation of my logo, as she is my strength and motivates me still as I try new adventures and inspire others to do the same. A special thanks to my sponsors Yellowman,Black Diamond, Buff, Chamofix, XOOD, AthleteOctane, ZGAspen

about me

Currently I reside divide my time between Aspen, Saas Fee, Switzerland and Chamonix, France, where I live to express myself through competition, but more importantly love to encourage people to join in the fun. Sharing my experiences with others gives me the energy to compete and the inspiration to keep trying new activities all over the globe. I keep myself busy in Aspen teaching skiing to my awesome clients, writing and running a small personal concierge freelance business planning sporty trips, parties, and events - whoever needs an extra helping hand.

Swiss Xterra 2011
Swiss Xterra 2011

A graduate of Colgate University with an English and Art History major, I expanded my expertise in all aspects of fitness from personal training, wellness to group fitness while employed as regional manager for Equinox Fitness in New York City. Missing snowy peaks and my first love of skiing, I returned to Aspen and channeled my knowledge into a small segment called “What it Takes,” on Plum TV's Aspen Morning show shot live from the top of Aspen Mountain. I reported on (and participated in) athletic events around the Aspen Valley. The show meshed perfectly with my position in the Events and Recreation Department for the City of Aspen. A third job involved working with Consider it Done, a New York based concierge company. I am still actively involved with all three companies. I also live to write - and do it as much as I can featured as a National Outdoor Examiner as well as being published in Freeskier, ESPNW, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Daily News, Vital Juice Daily and other sporty blogs.

Lyndsay at the finish of Resistas, 6c+
Lyndsay at the finish of Resistas, 6c+

I continued my drive for sport in Chamonix inspired by tales of big mountains and access to every activity under the sun. An expert skier I have skied many of the committing lines in the valley, the Glacier Rond and the North Face of the Mont Blanc being some of the first on my list - and the list is still growing. Gotta love Chamonix, if you can see it, you probably can ski it. I took my new love of mountaineering plus ski racing background and dove into ski mountaineering. After much trial and error I was part of the first all-American women's team to have competed in the Pierra Menta and participate in the Patrouilles des Glaciers. The spring of 2009 I was the first American female to complete a high altitude technical race called the Tropheo Mezzalama in Italy. I have raced for the U.S. Ski Mountaineering team since 2008, qualified for the world championships three times, and in 2010 was ranked 14th in the Ski Mountaineering World Cup Race Circuit. Last year we threw together the first official U.S. team for the Patrol des Glaciers, and placed 4th. This year teammate Sari Anderson and I placed 2nd in the Aspen Power of Four Ski Mountaineering race. I can't imagine a better winter sport and am pushing to help it gain popularity in the United States.

Finish, Patrol des Glaciers 2010 first US female team, 4th place
Finish, Patrol des Glaciers 2010 first US female team, 4th place

Chamonix not only boasts great skiing but incredible biking and I began racing on and off road triathlons, bike marathons (Tour de Mont Blanc), ultra trail races and ultra mountain bike races (The Grand Raid) - one of the most intense events I have ever accomplished. Married to the man of my dreams, a UIGAM mountain guide and heli-ski manager extraordinaire of CMH Valemount I have amassed close to two million vertical feet heli-skiing all over the world, 20 four thousand meter peak summits (including getting engaged on the summit of the Matterhorn) and am taking my sport climbing to a higher level. More info on all of these adventures are in the blog archives. What does the future hold? BB will be becoming more news and blog oriented with a new site designed to help people cure their itchy feet. Any questions, concerns or comments? Please email me and I can help you on your way.
Lyndsay in the Cariboos Range, BC
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