Squaw Valley Ski Tours
Squaw Valley USA sponsored complimentary ski tours with their Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist for any and all that wanted to ski along.
Jonny's career record, in addition to Olympic Gold, includes 17 World Cup wins and 15 U.S. Championship top-10s.
However, this wasn't an exhibition where you might watch from a gallery as Jonny skied some moguls and did some aerials. Rather, if you showed up at the top of the Squaw Valley Funitel at 10am on any - or all - of the days the tours were scheduled and you could "Ski with Jonny."
My daughter and I had just made it to the meeting area and there was Jonny Moseley, the only skier to have won medals in the X Games and the Olympics and member of Ski Hall of Fame, encircled by fans and ready to ski.
It was just like skiing with a group of friends, Jonny answered a few questions then said "Hey, lets meet at the top the Shirley Lake Express and go skiing." At the top of Shirley Lake, when the group came together, I'm guessing there were 20 to 30 skiers, young and old. Let me qualify that, everybody feels young skiing with Jonny Moseley.
Jonny talked with the group a bit more, giving tips, and then it was a few laps on Shirley Bowl - each time he would ride the quad chair and make new friends out of gaping admirers.
Jonny Moseley Run
I was fortunate to get to ski and talk a bit more, after the tour, with this great natural skier and really nice guy. As we skied around Squaw Valley he showed me Jonny Moseley Run, a bumped up trail that he grew up skiing and which Squaw named in his honor.
Jonny Moseley has called Squaw his home mountain since he was a kid and as he said, he pretty much skied everything we could see. Ten years past his Olympic Gold Medal at Nagano, Japan (and 6 years from his "dinner roll" run at the Salt Lake City Games which many thought deserved Gold) he still skis down steep mogul trails with the grace, ease, and speed that sets kids dreaming and practicing.
I asked Jonny if he was busy these days and he told me about his color commentary for freestyle on television, and his involvement with the Ski Channel.
When I asked if he took a break, he said he was going take a few days off but the skiing here at Squaw was too good to miss!
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