Leanne Pelosi grew up in Calgary, Canada, and began snowboarding in high school with her younger brother. After finishing a BSc in Biomechanics at the University of Calgary and leaving her soccer aspirations behind, she made the move to Whistler British Columbia. She has been a professional snowboarder for over a decade and is known for being one of the most well-rounded professional snowboarders in the field. From her early competition experiences on the pro tour, to her current backcountry approach, Leanne has woven her passion for filmmaking into her snowboard career.
Leanne has won Snowboarder & Transworld Magazine's esteemed Female Rider Of the Year Award, Transworld Reader's Choice Award, appeared on the 2014 ESPN's Top 50 Women of Action Sports list and most recently received the 2016 Transworld Influencer of the Year award for her contribution to snowboarding, producing, directing and starring in the first ever all women’s backcountry film ‘Full Moon’.
In her down time, you will find her producing or directing content through her company, Runway Films. Outside snowboarding Leanne is known for her love for animals and camper living with her fiancé Jeff Keenan and their dog Bella Coola.
- Vans “listen to the Eyes”, fall 2018
- Runway Films 'Full Moon', fall 2016
- TRansworld Snowboarding Magazines Influencer award 2016
- TRansworld Snowboarding Magazine Nomination for Reader's Choice Award 2016
- 2014 ESPN's Best 50 Action Sports Athletes List
- Winner of 5 Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Awards(Winner of Influencer, Rookie & Rider of the Year & 2 Reader’s Choice)
- Nominated for 2011 Transworld Snowboarding Magazine’s Female Video Part of the Year
- Nominated for 2010 Transworld Snowboarding Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award.
- Won Snowboarder Magazine’s Esteemed Rider of the Year 2006 and 4th best Female Rider of the year (2010)
- Founded Runway Films runwayfilmstudio.com
- Active member on the rider’s alliance for Protect Our Winters, the leading advocacy group for the winter sports community in the movement against climate change.