Next-Gen Mogules

The new regime of moguls skiing has arrived, and with it an edgier take on the sport.

From SnoWorld #66
Photos by © USSA

Hannah Kearney catches air at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort in January 2015. Kearney wrapped up her moguls career with the 2014–15 season. The two-time Olympic medalist remembers watching Warren Miller narrator Jonny Moseley do the first Dinner Roll, or D-spin, at the Olympics in 2002, and it inspired her to take her skiing to another level. For Moseley’s part, doing the D-spin at the Olympics “brought these two worlds together,” he says. “Now you have those mogul skiers that spend a significant amount of time learning how to do aerials, and they are also bringing in freeride influences.”

K.C. Oakley skis her way to the top of the podium.

Kearney and Dylan Walczyk. “[Moseley] sparked the new generation of jumping in moguls,” Walczyk says.

A skier kills a back flip. “There’s a lot of skill that goes into even being able to ski down this course,” Moseley says. “Then to combine that with a double twisting back flip off the top jump ... to do it fast with clean transitions is, to me, beautiful.”

Oakley in her first World Cup moguls win, flanked by sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe.

Where To Go | Deer Valley Resort
LODGING In the mood to be pampered? Stay at the luxurious ski-in, ski-out Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Billed as the Best Ski Hotel in the World by the World Ski Awards, the resort was named after Norwegian Olympic gold medalist Stein Eriksen and reflects that heritage in its European design.
GETTING THERE Fly into Salt Lake City and rent a car for the 45-minute drive to the resort. Or arrange for transportation through the hotel’s concierge.