Drought, warm temps, rain, fog and—just at the wrong time— snow: Somehow, Killington was ready for it all, and served up an impressively gnarly GS and a steep, solid slalom.

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To the athletes battling their way through the ranks, the $2 million funding “gap”—that number between what the US Ski Team provides and what it needs to fund all the athletes—feels more like a bottomless rut... Wouldn’t it be nice to give directly to these athletes who are just on the cusp of breaking through to the very top level?

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This particular talk focused on the all-important "F Words" —friends, failure, fear and throughout, the importance of FUN, which, it turns out, is actually a worthy performance goal.

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The Olympics are nothing if they are not about the athletes, current and future. Whether these dreamers know it or not, a gold medal won't change who they are, but the pursuit of it will.

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Anyone from my era of ski racing, and for quite a few years before and after, knows what Dr. Steadman meant to ski racing. He not only put us back together, but he did so with a calmness and compassion that allowed your broken self to truly envision a full recovery.  He went on to ...

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One of the first things you learn when coaching young kids is the art of the People Slalom. Essentially it’s a DIY slalom course using people as gates in a somewhat orderly, snakelike procession down the hill. For kids just learning the game, a comparative grown-up goes first, marking an x where each person should ...

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One day—one great run, one satisfying race, one smiling afternoon with friends, one spirit-lifting chairlift ride when you forget your troubles on the ground—is all it takes. We are such suckers for this sport. Each of us is one run away from being out of a rut. The hard part is believing in between those runs.

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Well Happy March to you! Assuming that you have already awoken and said "Rabbit rabbit" into the mirror,  parents of ski racers have one more task. It is the annual tradition of reading The Long Road, to keep blood pressure in check during the upcoming weeks. This year, in addition to reposting the piece, I ...

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It has a deeper meaning as well though, a reminder to be grateful for every day and every run, for the privilege of being outside and doing this sport with these fabulously fun people. Deeper still, it says “I know you’re with me. You’re a true skier, you’re one of us.”

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What John Tesh, Wilson Philips and Monty Python have to do with the Meaning of Life in the dead of winter

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