Record-Breaking Snow Sets Stage for Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix

Last week, California received record-breaking amounts of snowfall after a 5-day-long blizzard. With between three feet of snow in lower areas and an astonishing 22 feet on the higher peaks, this winter in California is set to be one of the most epic ski years California has ever seen.

Mammoth Mountain resort posted on Twitter that the storm brought their all-time February snowfall up to a new record, beating the previous record-holding 1987. As the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix creeps closer, the massive amount of snow brings a new sense of excitement to the event.

The Gold Pass allows you access to 20 world class resorts in California and 250 resorts around the country, giving you the opportunity to experience the new powder up close and personally. With more California storms on the way, there’s no shortage of fresh snow to be had so be sure to take advantage of the remarkable skiing with the ultimate lift pass.

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Nick Goepper Presents the Gold Pass!

Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper made history in 2014 when he took home the first ever bronze medal in ski slopestyle. And he didn’t stop there; his hard work and dedication, coupled with support from donors like you, continues to lead him to success on and off the snow.

The Gold Pass helps athletes like Nick get access to state-of-the-art training facilities, a world-class team of sports scientists, and the support they need to become the best in the world. By purchasing a Gold Pass, you can become a part of the team behind the team and help push our athletes to greatness.

The Golden Kid, Red Gerard!

At just 17 years old, Red Gerard claimed his place in history as the youngest snowboarder to win Olympic Gold. He started his journey to gold at age two and hasn’t quit since. Red and his U.S. Ski & Snowboard teammates work together and inspire each other, pushing each other to new heights with the help of supporters like you.

You can help Red and other incredible athletes when you donate to the Gold Pass program. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Gold Pass is the ultimate transferable lift pass, giving you access to 250 of the best resorts across the United States. By becoming a member of the Gold Pass program, you join the team behind the team and help our athletes become the best in the world.

Lindsey Vonn is set for her final season!

At five years old Lindsey Vonn set out to be the greatest skier of all time. Now, at the age of 34 she enters her final competitive season with 82 World Cup wins, nine world championship medals, 20 World Cup titles and three Olympic medals, proving that she has become one of the best skiers the world has ever seen. This has all been made possible by the hard work, dedication and supporters like you. 

The Gold Pass program helps us keep the winning tradition alive. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Gold Pass is the ultimate lift pass.  With this fully transferable pass you will gain access to 250 of the country’s best resorts while also providing the necessary support for our athletes to take on the world’s best. 

Jessie Diggins is Golden!

The dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal began in Afton, Minnesota where Jessie Diggins began skiing before she could even walk. Introduced to the sport by her parents who would put her in their ski backpack, Jessie was always there to push them to ski faster. The passion for skiing sent Jessie on a journey to become one of the most successful cross country skiers the U.S. has ever produced. 

In 2011, Jessie became a member of the U.S. Ski Team and made skiing her full-time job. Those years of hard work began to pay off and she began to move up the world rankings. In 2017, Jessie became the first American to take home four World Championship medals. And in 2018 with the whole world watching, Jessie and her teammate Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to ever bring home the Olympic Gold in cross country skiing. 

IceMen Deer Valley

As a competitor, the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort was always a thrilling but incredibly busy week. The venue is the best on the circuit and the accommodations, the food and the crowd are unsurpassed. However, the pressure of back to back competitions on home soil was usually exasperated by media obligations and a family member or two, or ten, in attendance. This year represented just my second year as a spectator, in contrast to the 21 times I competed on Deer Valley’s Champion course, which doesn’t even include the time I got to forerun the 2002 Olympics as a high school sophomore. I assumed that, as a retired athlete, the World Cup weekend would be far less eventful. I was wrong!

This year I participated in U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Ice Men weekend and I had a blast! It was a ski weekend done right. By donating generously to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation, approximately 20 gentlemen got to ski, drink, eat and learn all weekend long. I met up with the gang at 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning so that we could get on the first chair. I took a group interested in earning their lunch by burning calories in the bumps. It was wonderful to meet a group of men who have been supporting the Team for years. It was my chance to say thank you for the funding that allowed me to achieve my athletic goals and pursue perfection in the moguls, which I’m sad to report may not be possible! In junction with the Gold Pass program, the funds from the Ice Men weekend support the athletes by providing them with coaches, physical therapists, strength trainers, sports psychologists, nutritionists and a sport science staff. Basically, the athletes’ army is funded by individual donations. I know that I took advantage of all the U.S. Ski & Snowboard resources that I could while I was training to be the best mogul skier I could. The support is critical and I am grateful. During a magnificent lunch of fondue and Weiner schnitzel, we were all treated to an inspiring presentation about what goes on behind the scene to produce champion athletes and Olympic medals. Think Cirque de Soleil partnerships, ski simulation machines, data mining, and virtual reality.

Hopefully I’ve enticed you to get involved. Do you like to ski? Would you like to ski with some former Olympians while supporting future Olympians and being treated to spectacular meals, endless vertical and free flowing wine during the most exciting freestyle world cup of the season? If so, Ice Men might be the perfect fit for you. See you out there next year, while athletes battle for the right to represent the United States at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February. Your support means the most during the critical prep period, before Team USA takes on the world! Thank you.

Hannah Kearney