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Skiing History’s ‘Where Are They Now’

Kjetil Andre Aamodt: With eight Olympic and 12 World Championship medals, the “Baby Shark” is cruising happily through retirement. » Read more

Marc Girardelli: One of the greatest all-around alpine skiers in history is now a family man and entrepreneur. » Read more

Lasse Kjus: Since retiring from racing, the 16-time World Cup and Olympic medalist has focused on his own line of high-performance skiwear. » Read more

Tommy Moe: From Jackson Hole to Alaska, the former Olympic downhill champ now makes a living as a mountain and river guide. » Read more

Annemarie Moser-Proell: The Austrian “Sportswoman of the Century” says her 62-win World Cup record was made to be broken. » Read more

Maria Walliser: Still another pretty face: The former world downhill champ is now a champion for health. » Read more

Andreas and Hanni Wenzel: The former World Cup superstars and siblings have found post-racing success in the business world. » Read more

SKI Magazine

Stratton Style: The mountains of Vermont hardly rivaled those of his native Austria, but Stratton Mountain’s founding ski school director knew good times were more important than towering peaks. » Read more

Stowe’s Sugar Slalom: For 66 years the Sugar Slalom has been a rite of spring for New England ski racers – a come-one-come-all, FIS-sanctioned race with the spirit of Mardi Gras and a start list that includes everyone from hula-skirted kids to GS-suited World Cup skiers. » Read more

Kizbuhel; Putting on the Kitz: I’m in the Austrian town of Kitzbuhel to join the “Franz and Friends” tour, one of several high-end adventures offered by Franz Weber, Olympian, former speed-skiing champion and direct conduit, it seems, to everyone with a pedigree in the ski world. » Read more

Cowboy Up: The goal of the dude ranch – and there are dozens like Skyline that stud the Rocky Mountain West – is to reconnect people with their inner cowboy. It’s a connection you don’t even know you’re missing until you pull on a pair of boots and settle into a saddle. » Read more

Take a Seat: Chris Waddell, the world’s most decorated monoskier, coaches an able-bodied U.S. Ski Team veteran on the finer points of carving while strapped into a bucket. » Read more

Trading Races: The rules – the Chamonix Rules—may be the first thing you need to understand about Interbourse, an annual ski week that brings together traders, brokers and other assorted security-slingers representing 21 stock exchanges from Europe and North America. » Read more

Edie’s Rules: Remember that the success of an outing with your children is not measured by number of runs skied, but by the breadth of the smile. » Read more

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Columns from the 2014-15 ski season.

Should You Put Your Kid on Ice this Summer? Parents may be agonizing over summer skiing. Is it right for my kid? How much? When? How far? » Read more

The Best Advice You Never Got: When it comes to advice, of course, timing is everything. When the student is ready, the teacher is there. » Read more

The Prodigy Problem: Throughout the season, I’m often asked whether I think certain kids are going to go “all the way” or if they “have what it takes.” This time of year, parents can get starry-eyed or blurry-eyed at their kids’ performances in these seemingly all-important championship events. » Read more

The College Try: Ever since racing for Sierra Nevada College myself, I’ve loved the vibe of college racing. It’s fun but intense; team-oriented but still individually rewarding. » Read more

Failure is the New Success: Not to be a buzz-kill, but as the racing season cranks into high gear, it’s time to have a chat about failure. It is inevitable. It is painful. It is also a rite of passage on the route to success. » Read more

Who’s Got the Look? On the eve of the World Championships, we put a lot of energy into predicting who’ll medal. We analyze past results, equipment, training, course conditions, physical condition, weather and of course luck to consider. But the one thing that can trump them all is confidence. » Read more

Hermannator I – The Original: Long before a young bricklayer from Flachau captivated the ski world’s attention, another, quieter, Hermannator from Zell am See was changing the sport. » Read more

Ski Racing À La Carte: How parents can afford to keep their kids in the sport. » Read more

I, Ski Racing Parent, Do Solemnly Swear… Why you need to take this pledge to keep our young athletes in this sport. » Read more

The Price is (Not) Right: I recently posed a broad but simple question to ski friends on Facebook: What are some ways to make ski racing more affordable? » Read more

Essays and Profiles from the Racer eX Archive:

The Parent Trap: During my first two seasons of parenthood, I discovered that what I really miss is just being out there. I miss seeing friends, meeting people on the hill, riding the chair, breathing in the mountain air, smelling the trees and just feeling snow roll under my skis. » Read more

The Downhill Racer: SKI finally does the Robert Redford interview, and I am totally out of the loop. Nevermind that from the time I scored the movie posters for The Sting and The Electric Horseman from the Squaw Valley Theater I’ve had an obsession with meeting him. » Read more

He Got Games: It was Thanksgiving of 1954 when Alex Cushing stepped off a plane, picked up a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle and read that Reno, Nev., was bidding for the 1960 Olympics. Cushing, an East Coast native with little experience in the ski world, had left his Wall Street office six years earlier to start Squaw Valley, Calif. The struggling area was in its fifth season of operation, with one chairlift, a small base lodge and no spare cash. Upon reading the headline, Cushing turned to his PR agent, Dick Skuse, and asked, “Where’s Squaw Valley’s bid?” » Read more

Damn Yankees: I’m a Californian. I say that with my head held high, in print at least. In person, now that I live in New England, I keep it a little quiet, lest I be struck in the head with a firm Macintosh apple. » Read more

Born To Ski: The question most asked of any American ski racer is, “Why are the Austrians so good?” It is usually asked in a semi-mournful tone that implies such dominance is a bad thing, and suggests the Americans should aspire to knock Austria from its perch atop the competitive ski world. Well, don’t count on it. » Read more

It’s the Athletes, Stupid: Every four years the Winter Olympics roll around, and the normally disinterested public tunes in for a progress report on the state of ski racing in this country. And nearly every time, their question is the same: “What’s wrong with the U.S. Ski Team?” » Read more

Tough Love: The idea of a vacation is different for everyone. For some reason, my parents’ idea of a good time was packing four kids into a station wagon every January and driving 12 hours from the San Francisco Bay area to Jackson Hole. The annual week-long pilgrimage had one purpose: to teach us how to ski powder. » Read more

Foul-Weather Friends: Late every October, Granite Chief, a ski shop back home in Squaw Valley, Calif., stages something called Junior Race Night. For one spectacular evening, all the junior gear is discounted. Company reps show up to talk to kids about equipment, parents talk shop about tuning, everyone gorges on Halloween candy and, at the end of the night, the place looks as if it were struck by a tornado. » Read more

Ski Like a Girl: U.S. ski history is filled with successful female athletes—pioneers such as Mead Lawrence who never questioned that women belonged in sports. From Gretchen Fraser’s silver medal in 1948 to Picabo Street’s gold in Nagano, American women have been a far stronger force than their male counterparts. The record speaks for itself. » Read more

Skiing For Two: It was sometime in mid-August a year ago when I discovered I was pregnant. Immediately, before taking in the weighty issue of parenthood, my mind scrolled forward to ski season. With an April 25 due date, the ski season – the very backbone of my sanity – suddenly didn’t look so promising. » Read more

The Right Stuff: Timing is everything. I had the good fortune to retire from ski racing just at the start of an equipment revolution. So now, as my technique gets less refined, the equipment gets more refined. The result is that has-beens like me are now the Ponce de Leon’s of the ski world. » Read more

An Un-civil War:I will exercise regularly, even in winter. I will write more letters. I will balance my checkbook. I will learn to love skiing in the East. Argh! That last one is going to hurt. » Read more