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If Jeremy Nobis is a name you haven’t heard in a while, there’s a good reason why. The former U.S. ski team technical racer and 1994 Olympian also known for his wild antics had been keeping a low profile as a Sun Valley ski instructor until his arrest on Dec. 8 for two outstanding felony warrants.
According to a criminal complaint filed on Dec. 9 by Blaine County, Idaho, prosecutor Matthew Fredback, Nobis was charged with DUIs in Mesa County, Colo., and Iron County, Utah, but had not been officially prosecuted for either.
These felonies bring Nobis’ DUI count to an astounding four. He made the local Park City news back in 2006 when he led police on a chase though town before crashing into a tree, striking a police car, and trying to run from the scene. Then, in 2011, he led the cops on another ride, this time through Jackson, Wyo., at speeds of up to 100mph. When he was finally apprehended, Nobis’ blood alcohol content registered .40, eight times Utah’s legal limit of .05.
The outstanding Utah warrant stems from Nobis’ most recent offense, a 2019 arrest that came after the former athlete crashed and rolled his car outside of Cedar City, Utah. His BAC was registered as .42. He left the state before he could be prosecuted.
Once an incredibly promising ski racer, Nobis kicked off his career young, nabbing a spot on the U.S. Ski Team at just 16 years old. He raced slalom and giant slalom on the World Cup tour and competed in the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway before retiring from the World Cup circuit in 1996 and transitioning to big-mountain freeriding.
Nobis lived and skied hard for a couple decades, appearing in big ski films from Warren Miller, Matchstick Productions, and TGR. He also notched some massive objectives, including a death-defying descent of Pyramid Peak in Alaska, 2,000 feet of vertical with a 52-degree pitch in parts.
Nobis remains at Idaho’s Blaine County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.