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Sarah Schlepper

OLYMPIC SKIER, SLALOM AND GIANT SLALOM FOUR-TIME OLYMPIAN AND MOTHER OF TWO. Sarah has four podium finishes in World Cup races, has won many American championships and has participated in four Olympic Winter Games. Retiring from the US Ski Team in 2012, Sarah and Federico had their second child. A recently naturalized Mexican she will return to the World Cup again, this time under the Mexican flag.    

What are your must-have items for the mountain when skiing with kids? Helmet, mittens, goggles, daily checklist pass, neckie (for sun or fleece for snow), hand warmers are nice on cold days. Treats keep them out there longer. Skis, boots, poles. Keep it safe and simple!! A company I have worked with in the past called Kinderlift makes these amazing vests for kids with a strap on the back that can make it possible for the kids to carry their own skis in the strap and the strap also functions for the lift attendants to help the kids get on the lift.    

Favorite way to have fun with the kids during the winter besides skiing? Drinking hot chocolate, snowboarding, hockey, ice skating, snowshoeing, building snowmen, and dressing warm. It’s always tough to get outside, putting on all the layers, but once you are out, there is no better way to spend your day. Nature and snow always win!    

Which mountain do you consider home? Vail Mountain. I grew up with Vail in my backyard and my father has a ski shop right in the village, Buzz's Boards. Lasse, my 7 year old boy, already knows the mountain by heart and can ski anywhere. Vail's Backbowls are breathtaking.    

Tips for parents trying to teach kids to ski? Choose the right day. Kids will hate skiing if you force them to ski when they really don't want to. Find a friend for your kid to learn with. It's always more fun with another kid. Look for adventures out on the mountain. Ski School is always a good place to start. I put Lasse in ski school in Austria and he learned very good technique. While I teach my kids I use a harness, where you hook your child up to a belt and you can help steer them with straps skiing behind.     

Which skiing accomplishment are you most proud of? A very difficult question. I am proud of the longevity of my career and that I am able to pass on my passion to the younger generations. I still continue to strive for top speeds and compete with the World’s Best while at the same time I am able to pass on my experience through coaching and mentorship.  

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