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Mikaela Shiffrin in the women’s slalom race in Aspen, Colo., in March. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

When Mikaela Shiffrin won the women’s World Cup overall title in March, she was the first American to conquer skiing’s most coveted title since 2012 — coincidentally, the year she won her first World Cup event at the ripe age of 17.

Like all top-level ski pros, Ms. Shiffrin, who lives in Vail, Colo., spends most of the year circling the globe. In summer, she trains in New Zealand and Chile; from October to March, she races across Europe, with occasional jaunts to North America — the World Cup opener in Sölden, Austria, is on Oct. 28. And this season will add a big detour to her itinerary in February, when she competes in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Below are edited excerpts from interviews with Ms. Shiffrin.

Q. Do you have favorite resorts on the racing circuit?

A. In Zagreb, in Croatia, we stayed in the middle of the city, right near the biggest shopping street. We were there when the Christmas markets were still up. It’s one of the few times I make a point to get out and walk around a bit because there’s so much history. With Zagreb and Maribor, in Slovenia, the [ski] hills are right on the outskirts. You’re driving through a city for 45 minutes, thinking, “There’s no way we’re going skiing anywhere near here.” Then all of a sudden you’re at a ski hill.


Mikaela Shiffrin.CreditDustin Snipes/Red Bull Content Pool

Are there any differences between the ski cultures in the United States and Europe?

Yes, but then there are also different approaches to skiing within the U.S. The East Coast is generally a lot more about racing. The West has a huge all-mountain culture, with powder skiing, heli-skiing and freeskiing. The crowd at the Killington races in Vermont [in November] was incredible. It was this moment for the U.S. to show all these Europeans who think they own ski racing that we can hold our own.

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SLUMPED on the chairlift beneath a cloudless blue sky I sneak a slug of brandy from my hip flask in an attempt to soothe my debilitating hangover. Despite the heavenly alpine setting and perfect white corduroy slopes, I nudge my friend Emma, who is also looking decidedly green, and call an early lunch. It’s precisely 11.45am and with three short runs under our belts, I’ve decided it’s time to head to the nearest Alpine refuge for an emergency vin chaud.

This sort of behaviour would appal an über skier, one of the three types of skiing compadres I’ve identified after years of piste watching. So which type are you?

The Über skier

A renowned clock-watcher and refuser of toffee vodka. They always leave the bar first and are (noisily) up at the crack of dawn in search of the best powder. The über skier comes to the mountains to actually ski and, oddly, not just to get wildly drunk. As the rest of their group leave the chalet for evening sessions at le discothèque, the über skier will head to bed to prepare for heli-skiing off a glacier at dawn. While you definitely want the über skier by your side when you get lost off-piste, you can do without their judgemental looks as you slam your fifth Jägerbomb.

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Queenstown skier Andrew Wylie on his way to winning the North Face Fronteir FWQ 2 star event at the Remarkables on Monday.

Good things come to those who wait and yesterday’s gold medal in the freeski two-star event at the Winter Games had been a long time coming for Kiwi skier Andrew Wylie.

The Queenstown local won the Freeski World Tour event on his home mountain, The Remarkables and was absolutely chuffed to achieve a dream of 22 years he said.

After starting out from a young age as a ski racer, Wylie grew tired of the competitive and disciplined nature of the sport and gave it up after the 2011 Winter Games in Queenstown.

Unsure of what his skiing future would hold, he took a two-year hiatus from competitive skiing and took up ski instructing.

Wylie said this turned out to be the best move of his career, as he is now living the dream between winter in Aspen and Queenstown.

While he enjoyed ski racing at the time, he said it was easy to become “slightly bitter or jaded” when focussing only on winning.

Now, the 28-year-old has built a good life in the US.

He said making skiing a fulltime career there has proved a lot easier than in New Zealand

“It is a pretty good career. Free skiing gave me a new vigor for skiing. You can get lost and disillusioned if you’re not competing and by taking it up it sort of reaffirmed that I’m not too shabby at skiing.”

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British aerial skier Lloyd Wallace has suffered a “severe” head injury in a training crash in Switzerland.

The International Ski Federation says world junior bronze medallist Wallace is in a “light coma but stable” after being flown to the University Hospital Zurich by helicopter.

The Swiss ski team, who Wallace has been training with, say the 22-year-old is showing “positive signs”.

A detailed prognosis “will become clear in five or six days”, they added.

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St Christoph, in the Austrian Alps, has enough culture, tobogganing – and giant bottles of wine – to keep every family happy CREDIT: THIS CONTENT IS SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT./NEIL EMMERSON / ROBERTHARDING

Two confessions: I am a terrible skier, and I am a terrified skier. The two do not always go hand in hand – I used to be a terrible but excited skier, quite gung-ho and free from nerves, until I had a catastrophic fall one unseasonably warm spring while shooting down a slope covered with something more like cold, wet porridge than snow.

It’s not that I hurt myself particularly (and luckily the friends we were holidaying with had some really spectacular opiate painkillers); it’s just that flying through the air, shedding skis, poles and gloves before cannoning into the side of the mountain, made me both embarrassed and scared. And I also decided that I don’t have enough spare time to waste it lying in a hospital bed with my leg in plaster.

But my husband does love skiing and so do our children, now aged nine and 10. So every year I grit my teeth and endure the family trip. I have calculated that three days is the maximum I can cope with and the minimum that’s meaningful for them.

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MOUNT HOOD, Ore. – While getting a taste of high school skiing last year, Reagan Olli learned just what it takes to be successful.

That’s why the Gaylord sophomore is getting a head start on training for next season, as she is with about 20 other skiers from Boyne Racing this week on Mount Hood in Oregon.

The team began working on techniques and fundamentals Monday and will head back to Michigan after training on Wednesday, July 19.

“We’re working hard and getting on the snow and breaking up that gap that we’re not able to ski during the summer to try and get our technique going in the right places before next season starts,” Olli said Wednesday. “We want to get started so we can start to see results before the season even starts next year.”

Olli didn’t go with Boyne Racing to Oregon before her freshman season, but it’s her second trip out there since she started skiing.

She was Gaylord’s lone state qualifier last winter, placing sixth in both the slalom (1:05.42) and giant slalom (1:01.79) in the Division 2 state championship. She qualified for the final by finishing second in the giant slalom (54.81) and third in the slalom (1:18.27) in the regional, so she knows she can compete against anyone.

“My goals for my sophomore season is I would like to continue having success and having fun with my team, but I’d like to be a state champ one day,” Olli said. “That’s the one thing I’m trying to work for. I just need to make sure my skiing is clean and solid and make sure my technique is getting faster.

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Seven WBFSC athletes will compete on the national stage next season

Despite finishing the ski season ranked second in the province, moguls athlete Maya Mikkelsen wasn’t exactly expecting an invitation to join the provincial team.

“I thought maybe I’d get a spot, but they’d tell me I had to wait another year,” she said.

But after accepting an offer to join the BC team, Mikkelsen, who’s set to turn 14 next month, will be the 2017-18 mogul squad’s youngest skier. She’s one of seven Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club (WBFSC) athletes that will compete on the national stage next season after recently being named to provincial teams; a record number for the club.

Mikkelsen, Ava Dunham, and Jesse Linton will ski on the BC Mogul Team — joining former club members Sam Cordell and Jackson Parsons — while Raine Haziza will ski with Team Ontario. Slopestyle athletes Chase and Anders Ujejski, along with Kai Smart have signed on to compete with the BC Park and Pipe Team, joining local skier Luke Smart.

“Thanks to a strong high performance program this winter lead by head coach Jeff Fairbairn in moguls and Mike Grzetic and Chris Muir in slopestyle, the skiers were all able to compete at the higher level Canadian Mogul Series and Canadian Open Park and Pipe events, which gained them valuable experience and strong results to help them move up to the provincial level,” said WBFSC’s Julia Smart in an email.

Being part of a provincial team has several benefits for young skiers, including more opportunities to train throughout the summer, more time on snow and a wider array of contests for them to compete at throughout the winter.

After declining an invitation to join the BC team last year, 16-year-old twin brothers Chase and Anders Ujejski saw this season as the right time to jump on the offer.

“Last year it made more sense to not join (the BC team) because we had a lot of the same opportunities with our club, but next year we want to go to Aspen and do the Aspen Open and NorAms — just more contests,” said Anders.

Of course, these benefits also mean a heavier workload for skiers and more time away from Whistler. For Mikkelsen, the difficult decision was made easier after learning she could participate in more of a hybrid program. This means she’ll get to continue training with the WBFSC when the provincial team travels to competitions that might be too big of a jump for her this season — therefore getting double the coaching perspective, too.

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