Katie Hensien is a strong up and coming tech skier on the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team. She was first introduced to the sport when she was three on a family trip to Whistler, B.C. She quickly latched onto the sport where she grew up skiing at Crystal Mountain in Washington on the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club. In 2014, Hensien moved to Park City, Utah to ski full time while attending Rowland Hall/Rowmark. Katie began her Rowmark career strong with a U16 slalom national championship in Sugarloaf, Maine, in 2015.
She was first nominated to the team for the 2017-18 season. During her first year with the team, Katie started her first World Cups in Killington, Vermont and then Flachau, Austria in slalom. Katie placed fourth in slalom at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Davos, Switzerland. Hensien was also a part of the World Championships team event that won Gold in 2023. She also raced NCAA for the strong University of Denver Ski Team.
Katie enjoys mountain biking, backcountry skiing and training her German Shepherd, Jess. In the summer she takes time to coach young girls at Keely’s Ski Camp for girls.
"I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I was going to give it everything I had."
7 Things You Didn't Know About Katie Hensien
- 1. Katie is an impressive multitasker. While competing for the U.S. team, she is also pursuing a computer science and business degree with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship as a full-time student at the University of Denver and is skiing for the DU team.
- 2. She was a part of the Junior World Championships team who grabbed second place at the Team Event in Val di Fassa, ITA, along with teammates AJ Hurt, River Radamus, and Ben Ritchie.
- 3. Katie was awarded the Olle Larsson Skier of the Year award in 2015, 2017, and 2018 at Rowmark Ski Academy.
- 4. When she isn't on the slopes, she likes to mountain bike, trial run, fly fish, paddle board, and spend time with her German Shepherd, Jess.
- 5. Katie is interested in becoming a product planner/designer later in her life.
- 6. Katie's three goals for the 2021-2022 season are to secure a World Cup start position, consistently finish top 30 in World Cups, and secure a spot on the 2022 Olympic Team.
- 7. She is passionate about encouraging women and girls in sport. She volunteers for zGirls and Keely's camp to help inspire young girls.