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Lisa Ballard Bio

YOUR TURN  Women’s Ski Events

with Lisa (Densmore) Ballard



Lisa Ballard, formerly Lisa Densmore, has been involved in many aspects of the ski world. A member of the U.S. Ski Team in the late 1970’s and a six-year veteran of the Women’s Pro Ski Tour in the 1980’s, Lisa has competed in ski racing for most of her life. Today, she is one of the top masters racers in the world. She ended the 2017 season ranked #1 in Super G among all women and 3rd overall in her age group. She has also earned 4 world masters titles, 91 U.S. masters titles across all alpine disciplines, and 6 Al Sise Masters-Skier-of-the-Year Awards from US Ski & Snowboard since she joined the master’s circuit 1991.

In addition to competition, Lisa has been highly regarded ski instructor and coach for over 25 years. During the 1990’s, she was the instruction editor for Snow Country and then Mountain Sports & Living magazines, introducing and refining ski technique on shaped skis in the United States. Lisa was Director of the Snow Country Ski Schools and later the RSN Alpine Excellence Training Centers in conjunction with the PSIA Alpine Demo Team. At the same time, she founded the Head-Subaru Women’s Ski Clinics which have now become the Your Turn Women’s Ski Events. Over 7,000 women have had breakthroughs in their skiing while taking Lisa’s clinics. Lisa has also coached numerous junior and adult race programs over her long career and is currently director of the master’s program and a coach for FIS-level racers at her home mountain in Red Lodge, Montana. She is certified by and a member of the Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) and the U.S. Ski Coach’s Association.

In addition to helping people improve on-snow, Lisa has written hundreds of articles and produced and hosted numerous television shows on skiing. Her many media-related honors including 3 Emmy awards and 5 additional Emmy nominations. She has covered the sport for networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, and Outside TV. She has served as a consultant to many ski gear manufacturers and ski resorts on their women’s products and programs, and she periodically speaks on women’s skiing topics at national ski trade events. She has written 10 books, including Ski Faster! Guide to Ski Racing and High Performance Skiing, a top-selling ski instructional book now in its 2nd edition.

When the snow melts, Lisa works as a professional freelance writer, photographer and TV/film producer specializing in adventure travel, conservation and outdoor genres. She splits her time between Red Lodge, Montana and the Adirondacks in New York where she grew up. She enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing, waterskiing and paddling with her husband, Jack Ballard, and her son, Parker Densmore.

For more information, call Lisa at 406-690-0190 or email her at