November 7, 2012

Community Profile: Sydney Dickinson

Dropping into heaven. Photo:

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When I first met Sydney, I was snowmobile skiing out Axtel when my group ran into Tom Runcie, Rob Dickinson and his then girlfriend, Sydney Fuller.  Throughout the day she ripped lines with the boys (on teles), and burned me on the snowmobile.  Nothing has changed except her last name.

Earning her turns.

Sydney Dickinson grew up in Dolores, CO, a sleepy little town in the state’s southwest corner.  Growing up well situated between Telluride, Durango, and Moab, Sydney was naturally drawn to the outdoors and action sports.  Sydney met her now-husband Rob on a chairlift at Loveland in 2006.  After visiting some friends in CB, they decided to move in 2008. “The backcountry has unbelievable terrain, and the mountain was scary and challenging.  We loved the town.  So we moved that June.”

The backcountry of the Elks and West Elks has Sydney hooked.  “My favorite spots vary.  From October through December, Treasury and Cinnamon provides excellent early season terrain. Midwinter, I spend a lot of time on Axtel.  In the spring, Mt. Owen a.k.a. Little Alaska, is always on my mind as a must ski.”

Competing at CB Tele Extremes. Photo: Alex Fenlon

Since moving to CB four years ago, Sydney has worked her way into a managing position at The Alpineer.  In addition, Sydney helps manage her husband’s painting company, Precise Painting. “The community is a lot like us.  Young working class people here to play hard.”

This season, Sydney plans on snowmobiling skiing as much as possible.  She also plans on defending her title from 2010 and 2011 Extreme Telemark Championships at Crested Butte (2012 was cancelled after bad snow).  “I’d like to travel to more competitions.  But when season gets rolling, all I want to do is stay right here and shred.”  Sydney’s sponsors are Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Flylow Gear, Discrete Headwear, and The Alpineer. We look forward to seeing what Sydney does this winter.

About the Author

1. Ed Dujardin
After moving out west for college, Ed took summer school so he could spend winters in Crested Butte. These days, he coaches the Western State Colorado University Freeride Team, and spends as much time as he can fishing the incredible rivers of the area.