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Skiers of the Year

These are the skiers we've had our eyes on this winter, from X Games gold medalists, and the queen of big mountain skiing, to the two-million-foot man.

A highly competitive racer until he switched to Team Summit’s big mountain program this season, Rodney can’t seem to shake his background. “Big George will simply take the entire venue,” Jim Jack says about Rodney’s style in competition.     “He skis really fast and technically solid, and takes huge airs,” says Van Nuys. “But the best thing is that he’s always having fun no matter what —he doesn’t care if he crashes.”     Rodney, who attends Winter School in Salt Lake City, will be graduating in the fall and heading back to Summit to continue to train for the adult tour and compete on that next year. He’s just picked up Smith and SkullCandy as sponsors, and after throwing a 60-foot back flip in the JWT event at Snowbird, he’ll be someone to watch on next year’s FWT.

The Boys of Big Mountain

The next generation of competitive big mountain skiers is, ironically, coming out of Colorado’s pipe and park mecca, Summit County.

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Top 10 Most Influential Skiers of All Time

We thought of calling this gallery “The Coolest People in the World,” but that might make the non-skiing community angry. The skiers you’ll see here have in one way or another changed the sport of skiing forever. These are our gods. Let us worship them.