Kristen Ulmer on the Art of Fear (Ep.80)

For more than a decade, Kristen Ulmer was the best female big mountain extreme skier in the world (which is why she was recently inducted into the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, along with Bode Miller), and many regarded her as fearless. But she wasn’t fearless, and her ways of coping with fear back then took a heavy toll on her. Kristen has since become a thought leader and specialist of this extremely misunderstood emotion, and we discuss how each of us can develop a much healthier relationship with fear in any and every area of our lives.

Kristen’s book, “The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead”

See the upcoming screening dates & locations for her film, Voices of Fear

Kristen Ulmer discusses fear and how to cope with it on the Blister podcast
Kristen Ulmer (photo by Adam Clark)


  • Voices of Fear” and Kristen’s interviews with extreme athletes (7:24)
  • The negative effects of resisting fear (20:45)
  • How to examine your own relationship with fear (27:24)
  • Steps to forming an “intimate relationship” with your fear (31:45)
  • Kristen’s relationship with fear (37:13)
  • The importance of knowing how much fear you’re in the mood for (41:21)
  • Daron Rahlves’ fearlessness and possible consequences (46:14)
  • How non-athletes benefit from Kristin’s approach to fear (54:52)

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