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Kern Sixth In Livigno Sprint

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 21 2023
Julia Kern competes against Sweden's Maja Dahlqvist and Johanna Hagstroem at the FIS World Cup Cross Country freestyle sprint in Livigno, Italy, Sunday. (Modica/NordicFocus)

Julia Kern advanced to the finals for the first time this season and finished sixth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour resumed in Livigno, Italy, with a freestyle sprint.

Rosie Brennan was 11th, Alayna Sonnesyn was 24th, and Lauren Jortberg scored her first World Cup top 30, finishing 29th.

Kevin Bolger was the lone American man to advance to the heats and posted his best sprint result of the season, finishing 12th. Will Koch and Adam Witkowski each made their World Cup debut, finishing 41st and 42nd respectively.

Racing continues Sunday in Livigno with a team sprint.

Women’s Freestyle Sprint
Men’s Freestyle Sprint

Shiffrin, Johnson Top 10 in Cortina Downhill

By Courtney Harkins
January, 21 2023
Shiffrin Cortina Downhill
Mikaela Shiffrin skis to seventh in the Cortina downhill. (Getty Images/AFP - Tiziana Fabi)

Mikaela Shiffrin led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the second Cortina d’Ampezzo Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill in two days, taking seventh place. Breezy Johnson was just behind her in 10th.

It was a windy day, which forced the start to be lowered and took off nearly 30 seconds from Friday’s downhill, which left no room for skiers to make mistakes. Only .05 seconds separated Shiffrin from the podium, with less than a half second separating second place from 15th. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia took her first victory in four years. Norway’s Kajsa Vickhoff Lie came from bib 30 to second place and Elena Curtoni of Italy was third.

Shiffrin is still in pursuit of her 83rd win to become the winningest woman alpine skier of all time, currently sitting at 82 wins. “I am enjoying each race and the process is like an opportunity,” said Shiffrin. “I’m just here trying to figure out the track like all the other racers on the course and see if I can do my best and if it’s good enough to be close to the top. …When I look forward, I see opportunity, but I don’t see pressure.”

Bella Wright also had another great day, skiing to 16th place after her 11th place finish in Friday’s downhill. Keely Cashman skied into the points in 27th. Tricia Mangan was 39th.

The women have one more speed event at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games track on Sunday with a super-G.

Women’s downhill

Ganong Podiums on the Streif

By Courtney Harkins
January, 21 2023
Ganong Podiums in Kitzbuehel
Travis Ganong celebrates his first Kitzbuehel podium. (Getty Images - Alexander Hassenstein)

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Travis Ganong scored a podium finish at the hardest downhill on the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit, taking third place at the Hahnenkammrennan in Kitzbuehel, Austria in front of a roaring international crowd. It was the first American podium in Kitzbuehel since Bode Miller in 2014.

There was some snowfall at the Austrian venue, but that didn’t slow down the men, who threw themselves down the intimidatingly steep Streif track. Ganong started fourth and grabbed the lead to hang on while racer after racer crossed the finish line.

“My goal this season was to push it and I’m happy with what I did and I can walk away being satisfied on what Kitzbuehel gave me,” said Ganong, who was seventh in Friday’s downhill. “It was a pleasure to ski here—I love this place.”

Ganong, now 34 years old, started his first Hahnenkamm in 2011 and has raced on the track almost every year since. He has had some of his shining moments in his career at the historic venue, including six top 10 finishes, but this is his first podium at the “Super Bowl of ski racing.”

“The goal is always to win,” said Ganong. “But I’m stoked with how I skied and it was a fun time being here as a racer.”

Aleksander Aamodt Kidle of Norway won the race—an impressive feat after a near crash in Friday’s downhill and a hurt hand. Veteran skier Johan Clarey of France took second place at age 42.   

Famed Swiss skier Beat Feuz, who dominated the Kitzbuehel track for more than a decade with three victories and nine podiums, retired at the end of his race and celebrated with his family and friends in the finish.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle also scored points, finishing in 20th place, along with Bryce Bennett in 22nd. Erik Arvidsson was 39th and Kyle Negomir 44th. Sam Morse and Jared Goldberg did not finish, but are OK.

The men now head to Schladming for the famous night slalom on Tuesday and an additional night giant slalom Wednesday.

Men’s downhill

2023 Aspen X Games Preview

By Leann Bentley
January, 20 2023
X Games
The X Games are returning to Aspen Jan. 27-29. (Mark Clavin)

In just a week, Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. will welcome back the best freeskiers and snowboarders for three days of competition. Snowboarders and skiers from around the world will compete in various contests with over 30,000 fans expected to tune in. X Games Aspen kicks off on Friday, January 27th and goes through Sunday, January 29th.

This year, 22 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes were invited to compete in the big air, slopestyle, knuckle huck and halfpipe contests. 

Olympic gold medalist Alex Hall, who is the only skier to win the X Games in four different disciplines, slopestyle, big air, knuckle huck, and real ski, will return to chase his sixth X Games gold. In 2022, Hall threw a double cork 2160 to win and stunned everyone in the crowd, leaving even the announcers speechless.

"I'm excited to hopefully take a new approach to some of my tricks and have fun out there," said Hall. "Pushing my creativity will be the goal and the knuckle huck contest should be a great time, too!"

Alex Ferriera, a two-time X Games champion (2019 and 2020 superpipe) will also return to the pipe this year, along with several teammates who have been around the world competing in World Cups, most recently in Calgary, Canada and Laax, Switzerland. 

For the women, Maggie Voisin will make her 2022-23 contest debut. Voisin, a seven-time X Games medalist, will return to the main stage and compete in the slopestyle contest. Along with Voisin is local Aspen athlete Hanna Faulhaber who will return to her home mountain to compete at her "favorite event ever" - the X Games superpipe. Faulhaber was third in 2022 and is looking forward to "having the hometown crowd surrounding the pipe and cheering their loudest for me," she said. "Last year was such an amazing time and to walk away with a third place was a true dream come true. I can't wait to be back there in a week and do it all again and put on the best show for everyone." 

On the snowboard front, Colorado locals Red Gerard and Lucas Foster are slated to drop in. Gerard will compete in slopestyle and Foster in superpipe. Maddie Mastro, who won X Games bronze in 2018, has accepted her invitation and will compete in the superpipe competition. In the 2022-23 season, the snowboarders have been competing around the world, most recently in halfpipe and slopestyle contests in Laax, Switzerland. After X games, they will head to Mammoth Mountain, California for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. 



  • Chris Corning
  • Jake Canter
  • Sean FitzSimons
  • Lucas Foster
  • Red Gerard
  • Dusty Henricksen
  • Julia Marino
  • Maddie Mastro
  • Zeb Powell


  • Aaron Blunk
  • Hanna Faulhaber
  • Alex Ferreira
  • Mac Forehand
  • Alex Hackel
  • Alex Hall
  • Birk Irving
  • Brita Sigourney
  • Colby Stevenson
  • Maggie Voisin
  • David Wise
  • Quinn Wolferman

For the most up-to-date schedule, click here.

Jan. 27, 2023

  • Women's Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Women's Ski Big Air
  • Ski Knuckle Huck
  • Men's Snowboard SuperPipe

Jan. 28, 2023

  • Men's Ski Slopestyle
  • Women's Snowboard SuperPipe
  • Women's Ski SuperPipe
  • Women's Snowboard Big Air
  • Men's Snowboard Big Air

Jan. 29, 2023

  • Women's Ski Slopestyle
  • Men's Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Snowboard Knuckle Huck
  • Men's Big Air
  • Men;s Ski SuperPipe

Goldberg Scores Career Best Fourth Place in Kitzbühel; Ganong Seventh

By Sierra Ryder
January, 20 2023
Goldberg Celebrates a Career Best
Goldberg skis to a career-best finish in Kitzbuehel. (CC: Getty Images)

At the infamous Kitzbühel downhill on Friday, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Jared Goldberg scored a career-best finish, just off the podium in fourth place. Goldberg ran bib 28 and was in the green at the top, initially landing in third place. The crowd and his teammates went wild as he crossed the line.

“I am just trying to show myself the level I can ski at, and I was really finding the front of the boot today,” said Goldberg. “It was a really good step forward into the next days to help me relax and get to a good head space, I think I found another gear on how to push and stay loose.”

Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s Travis Ganong also showed a strong performance with a seventh place finish. Ganong ran bib one, which can be a difficult position to start not knowing the speeds or tricks of the course, but Ganong held onto the lead for nine racers, a very strong run by him.

“It was good, you never know going first. I had some wild sections, so I was pushing,” said Ganong. “I expect the podium every time I ski. It’s my one goal to podium here, but there is another chance tomorrow. I am happy with my skiing.”

Erik Arvidsson also had a fantastic race going from bib 52 to 21st place. Arvidsson is notoriously strong at technical courses, making this course a great place for him.

“I am really happy with my skiing today. It was a really close race and I knew I would need to risk it,” said Arvidsson.  “I am happy with the commitment of my skiing and staying focused.”

Teammate Bryce Bennett finished in 29th place to also score points. Sam Morse was 38th, Kyle Negomir 40th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle in 41st.

The top three finishers for the day included Austria’s own Vincent Kriechmayr in first, Italian skier Florian Schieder with a tremendous run going from bib 43 to second and Swiss skier Niels Hintermann in third.

Men's downhill


Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

4:00 a.m. Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Women's Downhill, Cortina, Italy, streaming on

5:30 a.m. Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Men's Downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, streaming on

Shiffrin Fourth, Johnson and Wright Top 15 in Cortina

By Sierra Ryder
January, 20 2023
Women's Speed Skis Strong
Breezy Johnson snags a top 10 in Cortina (Getty Images)

The Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s women’s speed team laid it down in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy to place three in the top 15. Mikaela Shiffrin led the way with a fourth place finish. She led the race at the top with some very fast split times, but a little bobble toward the bottom put her into fourth, just shy of the podium. Behind Shiffrin for the Americans was Breezy Johnson in ninth place and Bella Wright in 12th.

“I did not hit my line in all the spots, but the speeds are fast and I am happy with the skiing,” said Johnson who is coming back from a knee injury she sustained last year. “My body is ok; my knee still hurts sometimes but I am just happy to be back here and get a little redemption.”

Wright started bib 27 and skied to a very quick 12th place position. She has had a consistent and strong season thus far and hopes to continue the success.

“I was really trying to focus on good skiing today,” said Wright. “I was nervous but in a good way. I am proud of the skiing and plan to improve for tomorrow. The sun was shining and it was great.”

Shiffrin continues her hunt for the 83rd record-breaking win. She currently stands at 82 wins, tied with Lindsey Vonn for the all-time woman skier record.

The top three finishers for the women's downhill included Italian skier Sofia Goggia in first, Slovakian skier Ilka Stuhec in second and Germany's Kira Weidle in third. Americans Keely Cashman and Tricia Mangan also raced, placing 39th and 41st.

The women race downhill again on Saturday, with the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team hunting for podium spots. 

Women's downhill


Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's Downhill, Cortina, Italy, streaming on

5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's Downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, streaming on

Faulhaber Third, Ferreira Fourth in Calgary Halfpipe

By Leann Bentley
January, 19 2023
The halfpipe in Calgary Olympic Park. (FIS)

Hanna Faulhaber led the day for the U.S. Freeski Team with a third-place finish in the first halfpipe contest of the Calgary World Cup. 

In classic Faulhaber fashion, she started off her runs with a straight air blunt - reaching an amplitude that is higher than most of the competitors on the circuit. Landing clean left cork nine's and left seven mute's, Faulhaber had what it took to land on the podium with Canada's Rachael Karker and China's Eileen Gu, who was back in competition after 11.5 months. 

Teammate Riley Jacobs, who made the halfpipe finals for the first time in her career, finished the contest in sixth place. Jacobs, who did not fall once in her three runs through the finals, landed clean tricks throughout the entire pipe. Only 19 years old, Jacobs is hungry for more. 

"I could not be more excited about tonight," said Jacobs. "I put down one of my best runs and really felt like I was able to show what I have been working on. After not only making my first finals but bumping up to sixth place, I could not be more pumped. The vibes are mindblowing!"

On the men's side, five men made the halfpipe finals, making up 50% of the finalists. Alex Ferreira led the way, finishing the evening in fourth place after being bumped out of third last minute. However, Ferreira's third run was one of the highest of the days, but Canada's Simon D'Artois edged him out of third place by less than a point, respectively. In the top ten, the U.S. men had a strong showing. In fifth was David Wise, sixth was Birk Irving, seventh was Aaron Blunk, and ninth for Hunter Hess. With the contest ending late into the evening, the athletes will have time to rest before the competition resumes on Jan. 21st. 




Two Women in the Top Ten at Junior Worlds

By Sierra Ryder
January, 19 2023
Ava Sunshine
Ava Sunshine competing in a race earlier this season. (Dustin Satloff, U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Two of our junior women at the Junior World Championships in St. Anton, Austria, secured a top ten in the downhill on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Ava Sunshine scored an eighth place and teammate Lauren Macuga secured tenth.

The top three finishers for the downhill included swiss skier Stefanie Grob, second place went to Italian skier Vicky Bernardi and third place went to Norwegian skier Pernille Drystad Lydersen. On the men’s side, Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Cooper Puckett, Jay Poulter, and Finnigan Donley also raced in the men’s downhill landing in 17th, 28th and 29th respectively.

Justin Bigatel and Hunter Salani ended their downhill day in 35th and 38th place. The juniors will now turn to super-G on Friday, Jan. 20th. You can watch the action live here:

Women's downhill
Men's downhill

Stifel Killington Cup Returns to Killington in 2023

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 16 2023
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin competes at the 2022 Stifel Killington Cup. (Dustin Satloff - U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

One of the World’s Most Attended Women’s FIS Ski World Cup Races Will Highlight Heroic Initiative for the Second Year. 

Killington, VT (January 17, 2023) – Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of POWDR, the leading adventure lifestyle company, announced today that the Stifel Killington Cup will return to Killington Resort in Vermont for the seventh time in 2023. The race features the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world vying for the prestigious Killington Cup. Part of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Circuit, the Killington Cup is the world’s most attended women’s Audi FIS Ski World. This year’s return will again feature the “Heroic” initiative for the second year in a row, a program designed to empower and create opportunities for women in the ski industry.   

The Stifel Killington Cup giant slalom and slalom will be held November 25-26, 2023.  

Speaking about the announcement, POWDR CEO Justin Sibley said, “We are excited to again host this race at Killington Resort. This is an event that draws spectators from around the world to one of the premier resort destinations in the U.S., which continuously puts on the best event of the circuit. POWDR is also proud to be a partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard and looks forward to advancing the goals of Heroic at this year’s event.”  

Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort & Pico Mountain, added, “Hosting the Stifel Killington Cup is a great way to kick off the ski season in Vermont. Having the fastest female ski racers in the world compete on our slopes is a source of great pride for our entire team here at Killington & Pico. We look forward to having the athletes, entertainers, and partners back again for a seventh time.”  

“We’re thrilled to bring the Stifel Killington Cup back to Killington for the seventh time,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt. “Seeing nearly 40,000 fans at Killington every year shows how incredible World Cups in the United States can be, and we can’t wait to return to Vermont in November.” 


About POWDR 

POWDR is an adventure lifestyle company that inspires every human being with cool experiences in awesome places. POWDR’s awesome places include Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado; Killington and Pico Mountain in Vermont; Boreal Mountain Resort and Soda Springs in the Lake Tahoe region of California; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Lee Canyon in Nevada; Snowbird in Utah; and SilverStar Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada. POWDR also empowers and inspires the next generation of action sports enthusiasts through summer camps, mountain experiences, and mountain centers under the Woodward brand that incorporate dynamic programming and innovative environments: Woodward Park City, Woodward PA, Woodward Copper in Colorado, Woodward Tahoe, Woodward West in Stallion Springs, CA. POWDR fuels a balanced life full of adventure through a collection of experiences from the mountains to the valleys. Sun Country Tours in Oregon is POWDR's river rafting outfitter and Powderbird, based out of Snowbird in Utah, is POWDR’s heli-adventure operator. POWDR is headquartered in Park City, Utah. For more information, please visit:  

About Killington Resort  

Killington Resort is a four-season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Known as The Beast of the East, Killington boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 60 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit for more information and be social with #beast365.  

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard  
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah at the USANA Center of Excellence. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2021, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined and ski jumping. In addition to the elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit  

Stifel Expands Partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to Further Support Alpine Athletes at All Levels

By Leann Bentley
January, 16 2023

PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 17, 2023) – U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Stifel Financial (“Stifel”) (NYSE:SF) announced today a broadening of its partnership to include the sponsorship of a number of elite-level and development events, as well as new and enhanced financial awards for top performers.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Stifel-U.S. Ski & Snowboard partnership now includes:

  • World Cup Naming Rights: In a season with the most World Cups on U.S. soil, Stifel now has naming rights of three FIS Ski World Cup alpine events in the United States, becoming the title sponsor of the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup and Stifel America’s Downhill at Aspen, and the Stifel Killington Cup.
  • Stifel U.S. Alpine Series: The partnership debuts the Stifel U.S. Alpine Series, which encompasses a series of U.S. alpine events from development to elite levels, including the U.S.-based World Cups, the Stifel Success NorAm Tour and Toyota U.S. Championships presented by Stifel. 
  • Increased Prize Money: The partnership also includes the addition of prize money for American podium finishers at the Stifel Success NorAm Tour and increased prize money for American podium finishers at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships. 
  • Stifel Alpine Awards: Stifel is now the title sponsor of the Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Athlete, Best Comeback, Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, and the firm will provide monetary gifts for alpine athletes and coaches as part of the re-named awards.

“We are very excited to have Stifel’s financial support for our alpine program, from the title sponsorship of three U.S. World Cups to increasing prize money for our athletes,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “The announcement of the naming of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team beginning this season through 2026 was the most significant alpine partnership in U.S. Ski & Snowboard history and we could not be more thrilled to already be building upon the initial relationship. Having Stifel’s support allows us to invest further in multiple areas moving forward.” 

The new partnership marries two brands that share common values, including precision, success and partnership. As the title sponsor of the Stifel Success U.S. NorAm Tour and the presenting partner of the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel all the way up to the World Cup level, Stifel is committed to supporting athletes at every milestone of their careers, helping them find the tools to be successful in their futures. 

“Stifel is a firm where success meets success,” said Stifel Chairman and CEO Ronald J. Kruszewski. “Since investing in the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team, we have seen incredible success from our U.S. athletes and could not be more thrilled to support all levels of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard alpine programs, as well as the World Cups in the states.”

“Stifel has supported our team immensely this season and is now showing that it is supporting our team and our sport at almost every level,” said 2022 Olympic silver medalist and Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Ryan Cochran-Siegle. “I want to thank Stifel for helping our sport reach new heights at both the development level and elite level.”

The remaining alpine World Cups in the United States will be held on February, Feb. 25-26, 2023 in Palisades Tahoe and March 3-5, 2023 in Aspen. 


About Stifel
Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel’s broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, including its Eaton Partners business division; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; and Stifel Independent Advisors, LLC; and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited. The Company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust offer a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company’s website at

About U.S. Ski & Snowboard
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the Olympic National Governing Body (NGB) of ski and snowboard sports in the USA, based in Park City, Utah. Tracing its roots directly back to 1905, the organization represents nearly 200 elite skiers and snowboarders in 2022, competing in seven teams; alpine, cross country, freeski, freestyle, snowboard, nordic combined, and ski jumping. In addition to the fully-funded elite teams, U.S. Ski & Snowboard also provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders across the USA, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence. By empowering national teams, clubs, coaches, parents, officials, volunteers, and fans, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of its sports, athlete success, and the value of team. For more information, visit


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