The Olympian talks about the company's rider-driven approach to style

By Kate Hogan
Updated May 30, 2011 05:30 PM

Courtesy Burton; Inset: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Since snowboarder Hannah Teter spends her days bundled up on the pipes, you might not think fashion is on the forefront of her mind. But in reality, the Olympian has given input on virtually every item she’s wearing, from her jacket on down to her socks. The gold medalist, who rides for Burton, recently told PEOPLE that a perk of her job is weighing in on the company’s clothes, gear and accessories. “Burton’s whole thing is rider-driven, so everybody on the team, we go to roundtables and give feedback and bring samples of things we’d like to see in the line,” she explained. “We try stuff on and say, ‘This didn’t work from last season, can we see it differently next year?'” And though Burton products skew toward the snowboarding clientele the company represents, lately, the brand has expanded, offering cute tops for summer (above), luggage, a kids’ line and even some eco-friendly looks. “I really love the Green Mountain Project line, which is their line of recycled fabrics and organics,” Teter, who’s “pretty much vegan,” shared. “They’ve been doing it for a couple years now, and I usually wear it when I compete. It’s nice to be a part of that.” Teter — teammates with Shaun White, who has his own collection for the brand — says that though her plate is full for now, she would consider taking some stylish steps after her snowboarding career ends. “Burton’s definitely going to be my starting point,” she said. “But I think someday, it’d be fun to be out in the fashion world more.” —Kate Hogan