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Ski Resort Life

Ready, Set, Race

Enrolled in ski school since potty training, your kiddo now shreds expert runs. Is it time for a race program?

There once was a seven-year-old boy whose parents enrolled him in ski school at their local Utah hill. When the boy was nine, he tried out for the Park City Ski Team and didn’t make it. Disappointed because most of his friends were on the race-focused team, he continued with ski school. “The next year, he qualified for the ski team’s Devo program and became a strong, all-mountain skier,” says the boy’s mother, Cyndi Sharp. That boy is two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, currently one of the best giant-slalom skiers in the world.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson is known for its dismally poor male-to-female ratio during the winter. Guys, if you don’t like your 7:1 odds, well, too bad.
(Photo: Bob Woodall/Focus Productions)

Jackson Hole is a pretty serious place. It starts with the ski area’s terrain, which
is gnarly enough that the management posts huge signs at the top and bottom of the Tram warning people to take it easy or they might get killed.

The Parent Whisperer

You can’t force a kid into being the next great thing, but you can do a lot of damage trying.

As an Olympic skier who now occupies the sidelines watching my own kids compete in the sport, I’m often assumed to have special insights about at least two things:

1. Who will be “the next Mikaela Shiffrin,” and

2. How, as a parent, to create “the next Mikaela Shiffrin.”

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