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Little Rippers of the Inland NW

Every time I’m on the mountain, witnessing the next generation of skiers and snowboarders tearing it up, I feel hopeful and excited for the future. These kids—thanks to their parents, instructors, and coaches—are daring, brave, and strong, from the bunny hill toddler snowplowing S-turns to the pre-teen blazing down a black diamond. Here are four …

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Little Rippers: Inspiration from the Next Generation

We’ve all seen them. Super kid skiers swishing down runs, carving turns like it’s nobody’s business, out-skiing timid adults snowplowing down the mountain. Little rippers share a common backstory: They started alpine skiing with their parents at a young age and practice regularly throughout each season. Viktor Torvik, age 8, is a weekend regular at …

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What it Means to be a Ski Racing Family

Like other team sports, ski racing requires serious commitment and support from both children and their parents. Out There Monthly interviewed Teri Tucker and Paul Ainsworth, whose two sons – Hayden and Owen, both age 11 – will soon begin their sixth season as members of the Spokane Ski Racing Association (SSRA), to share what …

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Ski Team Confidential: What’s it take for young athletes to compete on the slopes?

We’ve all seen those kids on the ski hill—fast, fearless. They whiz by, leaving you coated in snow dust, barely able to make out the racing association logo on the back of their ubiquitous team jackets. Who are these kids, slaloming around ski school snow snakes and dipping into trail-lining trees? More often than not, …

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