Pro Snowboarder Iris “Lazz” Lazzareschi gets serious about the Freeride World Tour

By Julie Brown • Photo by Jason Abraham

Granite Peak opened on a bluebird day. A stream of powder-hungry skiers and riders hiked the boot pack to Squaw Valley’s highest point. Walking along the ridge, I passed a snowboarder who was eyeing a line that would send her off a cliff and into the apron at full speeds. I couldn’t see her face behind the goggles and gear. But then she laughed.

“Iris!” I said. I would know Iris Lazzareschi’s laugh anywhere—it starts deep and comes out like a contagious full-body giggle, lighting up her face. I caught a quick hug before she pushed off down the mountain, arcing her board confidently to the line she had mapped out. She went air born off the cliff, landed like a feather and disappeared into the trees below.

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