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Love 'em or hate 'em, these Republicans and Democrats know how to make some turns on the slopes. Check out what they have contributed to the industry and how they learned to ski here.


Although Austrian Arnold hails from a country with so many Olympians and World Cup skiers that it's hard to keep up, his skiing life didn't get into…

Although Austrian Arnold hails from a country with so many Olympians and World Cup skiers that it’s hard to keep up, his skiing life didn’t get into full swing until his time in America. The Governator skis at Sun Valley, where the black diamond Arnold’s Run is named after him. In 2006, he tripped over a ski pole on a green, requiring crutches, screws to secure his thighbone and several weeks of recovery after undergoing surgery for a fractured right femur. He still made it to his announcement of Governor in January 2007.
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As a 5th Generation Westerner, Mark Udall has deep roots in the mountains.  He formed the Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus and represents the…

As a 5th Generation Westerner, Mark Udall has deep roots in the mountains. He formed the Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus and represents the 2nd District of Colorado in the House of Reps. His efforts to support the sport of skiing have centered around protecting the economies of ski towns across Colorado, including the encouragement of year-round activities at ski resorts and the discouragement of overseas exports (like ski and snowboard apparel) in order to keep local ski businesses thriving. Not only does he ski, he’s also an avid mountain climber. He has conquered all of Colorado’s 14ers (that’s 54 mountain peaks above 14,000 feet in elevation) and attempted many of the toughest peaks in the world.
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As the longest living President, and accomplished athlete, Ford excelled in many sports including golf, football (in his younger years) and skiing.…

As the longest living President, and accomplished athlete, Ford excelled in many sports including golf, football (in his younger years) and skiing. He picked up skiing in New England in 1939 when he was 26 years old, but first tried the Colorado Rockies on a 1968 ski vacation. Other contributions to the sport of skiing included bringing two World Alpine Ski Championships to Colorado as well as creating the Ford Cup in Vail in 1982. The Ford Cup is now known as the American Ski Classic and was the not the first boost he made to the Vail Valley. Combining his other athletic endeavors, the former president created the Jerry Ford Invitational Golf Tournament which brought the pros to Colorado giving the area a tourism boost in the off-season.

Color Picture: White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library. President Ford skiing in Vail, Colorado – December, 1974.
Black and White Picture: Courtesy of the University of Texas.

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It has kind of been a myth as to whether or not Dick Cheney actually skis. He grew up in Wyoming, home to the great Jackson Hole, and is an avid fly…

It has kind of been a myth as to whether or not Dick Cheney actually skis. He grew up in Wyoming, home to the great Jackson Hole, and is an avid fly fisherman, but to most of the nation’s consciousness his skiing ability is only known through stickers reading “Cheney skis in jeans.” Apparently the myth is true, however, as USA Today’s Kathy Kiely reported on a ski trip Cheney took with Trent Lott in 2000:

“Lott says he thinks that beneath Cheney’s ‘nice, quiet, mature’ exterior, there has always lurked a hidden personality. The Republican Senate leader claims to have caught a glimpse of it during a Jackson Hole, Wyo., ski outing the two men took with their wives. The dapper Lott was somewhat taken aback by Cheney’s attire: jeans, ‘a dirty scarf and this ugly old coat.’

“As the others eyed a ‘very steep’ ski run, Lott remembers Cheney taking off ‘like a bat.’

“All I could see was that dirty red scarf flapping down the mountain,’ Lott says. ‘And I thought: This is the real Dick Cheney. He’s a very aggressive, competitive skier. That probably tells you a lot about what he’s like inside.’ ” (Taken from USA Today.com‘s article “Cheney was obvious choice, colleagues say.”)
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Growing up in Georgia and working as a peanut farmer, Carter didn't get the chance to ski until much later on in his life. He claims he

Growing up in Georgia and working as a peanut farmer, Carter didn’t get the chance to ski until much later on in his life. He claims he “never saw skis until I was 62,” but now enjoys Aspen ski vacations with his family. Skiing is a new skill he learned after his presidency and is among many including climbing mountains, writing books, making furniture, and learning more about computers.
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Probably the only snowboarder in our collection, Kerry spends most of his athletic life off the slopes and on a road bike. During the 2004 election…

Probably the only snowboarder in our collection, Kerry spends most of his athletic life off the slopes and on a road bike. During the 2004 election where Kerry was a presidential hopeful, he shocked many by taking to the Sun Valley slopes and demonstrating his skills at snowboarding. President George W. Bush later released footage of himself skiing in an effort to show young voters he could be hip as well.
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It's no secret the Kennedys are avid skiers. Michael Kennedy, brother of Robert F. Kennedy Jr and son of Robert. F. Kennedy passed away in a skiing…

It’s no secret the Kennedys are avid skiers. Michael Kennedy, brother of Robert F. Kennedy Jr and son of Robert. F. Kennedy passed away in a skiing accident in Aspen on New Years Eve in 1997. RFK Jr. has created multiple benefits for environmental causes through the sport. The race has hosted Robin Williams, Alec Baldwin and other celebrities at Deer Valley and other resorts to raise money for RFK Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance. Here, he is seen at the 2007 Ski Classic in Vail. To see a video on the Celebrity Ski Race, click here.
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Earl Blumenauer represents the 3rd District of Oregon – which includes much of Portland and nearby Mt. Hood National Forest.  He’s also a member of…

Earl Blumenauer represents the 3rd District of Oregon – which includes much of Portland and nearby Mt. Hood National Forest. He’s also a member of the Congressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus, and is known for his enthusiasm for cycling.
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Before Obama officially beat out Hillary for the democratic presidential nod, she spent time visiting Cranmore Ski Area in New Hampshire explaining…

Before Obama officially beat out Hillary for the democratic presidential nod, she spent time visiting Cranmore Ski Area in New Hampshire explaining her positions and her abilities on the slopes.

FromABC News:
“ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, speaking at a ski lodge in New Hampshire, told voters she learned how to ski in the Granite State.

‘”I would just get to the top and I would just go straight down. I never took a lesson. I thought I was a great skier because I was just rolling down that hill,” Clinton said. “And then I realized this wasn’t exactly what was going to work for me going forward. So, I started to slow down.”

“Clinton made fun of her skills on the slopes, saying, “I didn’t get very much further advanced, other than trying to keep myself vertical.”
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Nancy Pelosi has been known to shred, and frequents Lake Tahoe, where she owns a condo at Sugar Bowl.  Read more about the politics of skiing here.

Nancy Pelosi has been known to shred, and frequents Lake Tahoe, where she owns a condo at Sugar Bowl.
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Skiing is a big part of Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s family life. Born and raised in Alaska, Lisa has raised her two sons Matt and Nic on the…

Skiing is a big part of Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s family life. Born and raised in Alaska, Lisa has raised her two sons Matt and Nic on the slopes of Alaska free skiing and downhill racing. Husband Verne is also an avid skier and frequently volunteers at Alyeska Ski Club events from gate keeping to slipping courses. As Alaska’s first female U.S. Senator, Lisa also rips a beautiful line where ever she skis. From fresh pow to spring corn this Senator knows how to ski.
Lisa lives with a love and passion for Alaska’s great outdoors. Her family hiked the Chilkoot Pass for her 50th birthday and frequently hikes in the summer in their hometown of Girdwood, Alaska, which is the home of Alyeska Ski Resort, the host of the U.S. National Downhill Championships next spring.