For a lot of skiers, dads played a major role in getting them on the slopes, and in doing so, have been the subject of odes and essays in SKI throughout the years. Here are a few of our favorites, and if you like them, be sure to send them to dad too.
(Also, if you’re looking for a last-minute gift for Father’s Day, we’ve got you covered there too. Get him a subscription to Outside+ and you’ll earn kiddo-of-the-year credentials).
Advice From the Fathers of U.S. Olympian Skiers & Icons of the Sport
Dads can be full of helpful and sometimes not-so-helpful advice, and in some cases, that advice turns regular kids into Olympians. In this article from 2012, we checked in with skiers like Jonny Moseley, Daron Rahlves, Steven Nyman, Alice McKinnis, and more about the best tips they got from their dads when they were little rippers. Learn what to tell your future Olympians here.
“You’re Warren Miller, aren’t you? I just had to tell you that my father hates you.”
While many skiers today probably went to a Warren Miller premiere with their old man, some dads eventually come to regret taking their young, impressionable skiers to these films. At least, that’s what Warren himself experienced when he bumped into a ski bum in Vail. Plus, no one tells a story quite like Warren Miller. Read why one dad in Michigan hates Warren Miller.
What a Legendary Ski Photographer’s Dad Said About Moving West
Not unlike the kid in Warren Miller’s story, Lee Cohen left a life in the East and made his way to Utah to be a ski bum. He never felt like he lived up to his dad’s expectations, however, and never addressed these nagging feelings until it was nearly too late. Find out what Lee’s dad told him after he committed to life in the Wasatch.
There’s Nothing Like Skiing With Dad
There comes a time in every young skier’s life when they get better than the ones who taught them. For author Deborah Williams, that happened not because she kept skiing, but because her dad quit when she quit skiing as a teenager. But when she rediscovered the sport as an adult, she became the enabler that her dad once was. Read why there’s nothing like skiing with Dad.
Meet the Dad Who Launched a New Ski Company While Homeschooling His Daughter During a Pandemic
There’s a whole new generation of dads out there who started park skiing a few decades ago. And a few of them, like Eric Pollard, were actually some of the first skiers ever to ski in the snowboard park. Eric Pollard is one of those skiers, and even though he’s more likely to be found skiing powder these days, he’s still hugely influential. Read an interview with Pollard about his new company and what it’s like to be a father.
Watch: Warren Miller Entertainment’s Dads Who Ski
And If There is Still Time To Get Him a Gift…
Check out SKI’s 2021 Father’s Day Gift Guide here.