Summer With the Pros

Pro skiers spend their summers pounding nails or waitressing, right? Maybe back in the pioneering days of pro skiing, but now, summer lifestyle includes anything from traveling to other parts of the world to ski, training for upcoming events, or perfecting other talents, like music, or making piñatas.
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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

We checked in with pro skiers Erik Roner, Dash Longe, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and Grete Eliassen to see what they’ve been up to since the snow has stopped falling. They told us about their BASE jumping trips, Hawaii vacations, and mountain biking excursions.

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Women of Freeskiing Calendar

If it works for Sports Illustrated, it’s got to work for the ski world. The Rad Boob ski calendar, which was put together to raise money for breast cancer awareness, highlights the more desirable talents of some of the ski industry’s favorite females.

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Who Earns What?

It's taboo to ask how much others make. So we asked. Here's how much (or how little) some ski-industry professionals are making.*

“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity." -Dan MillmanAs I sit here thumbing through a book that C.R. once recommended to me, I flip to this quote. I feel like he could have said these words himself. The words have truth to them, a truth that C.R. instilled in me on more than one occasion. He was with me when I got hurt last season and I don't think I could have been with anyone better. He reminded me that life is good and cheered me right up as he sang along to his mediocre guitar tune and made up a song about my knee. He made me laugh often. Being in his presence, I had to stay positive. He had overcome career-ending injuries before and surpassed all expectations by coming back with vengeance and even landing a third place finish at this year’s Redbull Linecatchers event.To make a donation in C.R's name, go to www.crjohnson.org.

Remembering CR Johnson

Freeskier C.R. Johnson, an X Games competitor and pioneer in introducing park-and-pipe skills to the backcountry, died recently at Squaw Valley. We asked his longtime friend and fellow Squaw local Michelle Parker, also a pro freeskier, to write a tribute to C.R. Here's what she wrote. And some photos to celebrate his life.

Lindsey Vonn en route to victory.

An Interview With Lindsey Vonn

Ski racer Lindsey Vonn was just named Female Athlete of the Decade by NBC's Universal Sports. After months of waiting for an interview, we finally managed to get Vonn to answer some of our questions. But instead of asking her about the Vancouver Olympics coming up in February, we spoke to the two-time World Champion about what it's like being hounded by the press.

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Lindsey vs. Julia: Catfight?

One girl's a media darling with a banged up shin and a medley of World Cup victories. The other is a Victoria's Secret-style vixen with a bad back and a gold medal. Ski racer Lindsey Vonn wants what Julia Mancuso's already got: an Olympic gold. You can watch them go head to head during Wednesday's Olympic downhill in Whistler.

Not bad for a girl who spent two winters on the bench with a slew of injuries. I had a big impact crash and split my pancreas in half. It was a random, freak thing. I was in the hospital for two weeks and had pancreatic surgery. I didn’t ski for nine months. Right when I came back, I tore my ACL and meniscus and had to take another year off. I’ve also dislocated my shoulder. One day, I’d like to get into sports medicine. I can relate to a lot of athletes from having a lot of major injuries.

Kaya Turski

Sure, freeskier Kaya Turski, a 21-year-old from Montreal, Canada, has endured her share of injuries (including a split pancreas), but none of that matters now: In January, she earned her first X Games gold in women’s slopestyle. This weekend, she’s competing in Homecoming, an all-women park-and-pipe competition founded by pro skier Kristi Leskinen, at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs ski area. We chatted with Kaya at her home in Mammoth, California.