Scott Snow
Age: 20
US Ski Team 2010- 12
Ski Club: University of New Mexico
Home Town: Sagle, ID
Goal: To become an All American and help my team win a  Division I NCAA Championship.

Scott competes in the five alpine events. Slalom and Giant slalom are called technical events. Super G and Downhill are called speed events.


Slalom (S) is traditionally the shortest race. It features gates without cloth panels set at closer intervals. Competitors must be quick and aggressive through the course. This is the event where racers are seen mowing down gates.

Giant Slalom (GS) is generally considered the most technically demanding event. The race combines speed and technical aspects with competitors reaching 35-50 mph. The gates have panels and are set further apart than in Slalom.

In both Slalom and Giant Slalom, racers make two runs down two different courses on the same slope in the same day. The times of both runs are added together, and the fastest total time determines the winner.

Super G (SG) is short for super giant slalom. Races are run on a course shorter than the downhill, but, longer than the GS. Speeds reach 70 MPH as competitors negotiate an expanded version of Giant Slalom with the likelihood of a few jumps along the way. The skier with the fastest time over one run is the winner.

Downhill (D) is the marquis alpine event due to the speed and intrinsic danger involved. Courses are long, include substantial jumps (up to 80 meters) and speeds which sometimes reach 90+ MPH. Due to the danger of the sport and the difficulty to change line once in the race, this is the only event with practice runs. Athletes normally get three practice runs (at least one timed) through the exact course which will be raced.

Combined is an event that combines the times of one Downhill run and two Slalom runs. This hybrid event is very popular because it tests the full skill set of the competitors.