About

  Photo: Zoya Lynch

Photo: Zoya Lynch

Originally from Australia, Nat is known for her high energy, adventurous spirit and driven personality,

For six years Nat traveled the world as a top competitor in freeride skiing events taking podiums on both the Freeride and Freeskiing World Tours based in the USA and Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

After spearheading Shifting Ice and Changing Tides (2014), a human-powered ski-sail expedition which included nine first descents in southern Greenland, she shifted gears away from competition to ski projects and filming.

Nat recently teamed up with her sister, Anna Segal and adventure filmmaker, Bjarne Salén to produce Finding The Line. A documentary film that uses skiing as a vehicle to explore fear and how we as humans deal with this emotion.

Nat now lives in Revelstoke, BC, where she is focusing progressing her skills in all types of mountain terrain and producing female driven content that is exciting, original and raw. In the same vein as Finding The Line, her aim is to discuss topical issues that will speak to an audience wider than just sports fans.

#adventure

The word ‘adventure’ or should I say #adventure is fairly worn-out. But no matter how many tags it has on instagram, the process of starting a journey with an uncertain outcome is one of the best ways I know how to connect to nature, other people and myself. 

When I first started backcountry skiing eight years ago I had a lot of goals. To ski on every continent in the world; learn to backflip; climb and ski a 4000m peak or ski a particularly steep couloir.

However, as time has passed I have become less interested in achieving personal goals and more focused on broader objectives . My biggest aspiration is to share the knowledge and experience that has helped me to take big and sometimes scary leaps in life. I want to empower others to push themselves, break out of their bubbles and try something new. To go and have an adventure. 

I also strongly believe that the best way to teach people to care about the environment, something that I am incredibly passionate about, is to encourage them to get outside and experience it. Part of the challenge of doing this is showing the raw side of our experiences, which are not always perfect but better because of the the struggles and the failures. It makes it much easier to relate to and less intimidating for someone to go out and explore wild places. 

Career Highlights

  • Featured in films Finding The Line by Birds of A Feather, Pure by Shades of Winter, 5 Niseko Stories by My House Productions, Shifting Ice & Changing Tides by KT Miller.

  • Ski projects featured in The Ski Journal, Backcountry Magazine, Aka Skidor, Forecast Magzine, Teton Gravity Research.com, Powder Online and Freeskier Online.

  • Written articles for Sidetracked Magazine, Chillfactor Magazine and NZ Skier.

  • National Geographic Young Explorer Grant Recipient

  • Polartec Challenge Grant Recipient

  • Completed backcountry expeditions to Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, Canada and France

  • 2013 Freeride World Tour Athlete (3rd Place Revelstoke)

  • 2012 Freeskiing World Tour Qualifiers Champion

  • 6 years competing on Freeride World Tour & Freeskiing World Tour (with multiple podiums)

  • Co-founder and coach for Chicks with Stix (Australian Women’s Progression Camps)

natjsegal@gmail.com

@nat_segal