Spend enough time on the ski hill, and you’ll meet every type of skier. Doesn’t matter if you’re from the East Coast, West Coast, or No Coast, the types of ski racers are the same. In our time on the hill we’ve discovered we meet the same 8, over and over. Which one are you?
1. The Fashionista
This smooth operator is always decked out in the latest gear. Is owning every different color of Side Zip Pants a necessity? Well, when you have to match them to your variety of different jackets, hats, and of course, ski socks…then yes, apparently it is.
2. The Class Clown
For ever serious pep talk your coach gives, this wily individual is there to fire off a joke or two. Not to mention their goofy demeanor at pretty much all times. Every class, every team, every organization has to have a good class clown. For a good example, check out this year’s Wisconsin Badgers basketball team.
3. The Determined Performer
This is your teammate that pushes you all to be better. They are constantly practicing, from dawn ’til dusk, and when it’s the off-season…wait, what off-season? They’re doing dry training and more squats than is seemingly possible. Whether this is a competitor or a teammate, they can be frustrating (because they always win!) but they will definitely push you to be your best self.
4. The Not-So-Secret Park Rat
After practice, before practice – heck, during practice (don’t tell coach), you can find this skier at the park. They may or may not be a dominant racer, but watch them for long enough and they’ll land that Cork 540.
5. The Temper Time Bomb
No matter what, this racer always seems to be on a short fuse. This is why it’s important to have a good class clown on the team (see above). Any slip up on the course or at practice will turn this person into a ticking time bomb. When they go off, watch out.
6. The Coach
Not actually your coach, but that friend that is constantly analyzing your form, and technique. They mean well, but once in a while you just want to slap them in the helmet!
7. The Lazy Legend
How does this person ALWAYS win? They never make practice, and when they do, it’s like they’re not even trying. They’re never in the weight room and seemingly don’t care. Then, miraculously, they show up on race day and dominate. By far the most frustrating person ever. Same person that skips all their homework and shows up for the test and gets an A+.
8. The Unorthodox Victor
Forget beautiful form; this person will do whatever it takes to win. They will slip and stumble their way to victory, without worrying about making it pretty. It’s never advised to be this person, but if you are, just go with it I suppose.