Keely Kelleher

Founder & Director of Keely's Camp for Girls

Hometown

Big Sky, MT

Current

Jackson, WY

I was raised in the Gallatin Canyon, on the Gallatin River in beautiful South Western Montana. Growing up, our parents put my older sister, me, and my younger brother in every sport and activity available in our small town of Big Sky. Daycare meant ski school in the winter and playing on the river in the summer. We were fortunate to have parents that supported our pursuits in outdoor sports and eventually I went on to make the U.S. Ski Team and enjoy an eight year career ski racing at the highest level on the World Cup Circuit. When I was 25 I ended ski racing career and went on to get a B.A. in Business Management at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was during this time that my business idea hatched and I created a summer camp for girls run by an all female staff. I started Keely's Camp as the first ski racing camp for girls in North America. Keely's Camp has been operating for ten years now and we have expanded our camps from ski racing to whitewater kayaking, ski mountaineering, and backcountry ski camps. Our mission is to empower, inspire, educate, and connect the next generation of girls in outdoor sports through female coaches, guides, and mentors. I feel like I have the best job in the world as I get to work with incredibly inspiring and strong women. When I'm not working my camps, you'll find playing in the mountains and on the rivers with my friends, family, and my Australian Shepard Olle.

Top Bucket List Item:  Whitewater kayaking in New Zealand!

Pump Up Song: Wolf - First Aid Kit

Where are the three coolest places your ski career has taken you?

  • Cortina, Italy - this is the Kitzbuhel of the Women's World Cup with amazing views, espresso, and an intimidating downhill track.
  • Mt. Hood, Oregon - this mountain was the starting place of Keely's Camp and without it I would have never started a business.
  • Montana and Wyoming! I grew up in Montana and now live in the Tetons. Sometimes I don't know why I travel to ski anywhere else. We have it so good here!

What’s the most rewarding part of coaching your camps?

I feel like I am involved in something bigger than myself. I have the opportunity to work with the best female coaches and guides in our industry to propel the next generation of girls to empowerment and success. My job rules!

How are you altering the current narrative of female representation in the mountains and big mountain skiing?

Education! We work so hard at Keely's Camp to not only provide girls with powerful role models, but to help them think critically about their natural surroundings and their relationships with other girls. Simply getting girls to support each other changes the narrative of what it means to be female. I think we are on a positive path.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

Find your own reason to be outside. Whether it be running the rivers, scaling the peaks or simply enjoying a beautiful wild place with your best friends or alone with a good book. Go outside and enjoy it!

 

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