Four-time Olympian Daron Rahlves will be in Snowmass for 2015 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships as a pacesetter and to meet and race with ski racing fans. A California native, Daron has won 12 World Cup races, had 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National Titles, is the 2001 World Champion in Super G, winner of the Silver medal in DH and Bronze medal in GS at the 2005 Worlds. His specialties are downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom.
Rahlves retired from World Cup racing at the end of the 2006 season with 12 World Cup victories and a world championship title and transitioned to big mountain freeskiing and filming with Warren Miller, Matchstick productions, Teton Gravity Research and competed in ski cross at the Winter X-Games, World Cups, 48 Straight Tour and the Olympics. He now resides in Truckee, California with his wife and two kids. Daron's home mountain is Sugar Bowl Resort where he continues to ski and when the snow melts he races motocross and hits the surf. He is the creator of the Rahlves' Banzai Tour which just completed a fifth successful season.
Q&A With Daron (from DaronRahlves.hookit.com)
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A smile on my face after winning a race, on top of a snow covered mountain, showing up to the track, empty waves i’m about to paddle out to, getting a paw from my two furry friends, seeing my kids smile, and holding my wife.
What is your greatest fear?
Not taking advantage of all opportunities to shine.
Which living person do you most admire?
Where would you like to live?
My own perfect world with a huge mountain to ski, warm waves to surf, moto track in the back yard
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
What is your motto?
Make it happen!
Daron at 6 years old in Aspen, CO
"I started racing NASTAR when I was 6 years old in Aspen, CO and then at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA where I grew up skiing. My parents raced and so did my sister. It was a fun part of my childhood and I got hooked on racing. I liked collecting things like stamps and football cards, but my best collection was two long ribbons of NASTAR medals. From there I joined Far West skiing at 11yrs old and the rest is history."