Megan McJames

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Welcome to Alta Ski Area, known for deep powder and excellent terrain! My name is Megan McJames and I am an alpine skier who competed for the United States in the last three winter Olympic games! I learned how to ski at Alta Ski Area when I was 2 years old. Growing up at such an iconic mountain gave me a deep love for skiing, a sport that I’ve spent my life striving to master. My twelve-year career as a professional ski racer has been a constant process where I am continually working to improve my skills.

Whether an Olympian or a beginner on vacation to Alta Ski Area for the first time, we are all working to get better on our skis! Here are some easy tips I’ve picked up over the years that I hope will help make the process easier. Looking up from the parking lot at the symbolic High Rustler run can be intimidating, but before you pack your bags and head back down Little Cottonwood Canyon, try these 3 tips:  

1. Use your knees and ankles to absorb terrain

Part of what makes Alta Ski Area such a fun place to ski is the varied terrain.  Using your knees and ankles to absorb bumps, moguls and varying snow conditions will help keep you balanced for a smoother ride. This tip will be especially helpful when cruising out the High Traverse.

2. Plant your pole and turn around it 

Planting your pole in the snow to start your turn gives you an extra point of balance to lean on as you make a turn. Whether skiing an Olympic slalom or getting extra deep on a powder day, the “pole plant” is a key aspect of alpine skiing!

3. Spot your line before you start and look ahead  

It seems obvious to look where you are going, but so many new skiers get stuck looking down at their ski tips. When you are traveling at speed, looking ahead gives your body time to react to upcoming terrain.

I hope these simple tips help you enjoy the learning process! For me, working on my skiing is the most fun thing in the world. If you are getting frustrated, it might just be time for a hot chocolate break… extra whip cream?   

3 Ski Tips from 3x Olympian Megan McJames – Alta.com/blog

Hi, I’m Megan McJames: professional skier, biker, baker and adventurer!

3x Olympian, Alpine Skiing

HOMEBASE: Alta Ski Area, UT   |   HOMETOWN: Park City, UT

My Story:  At 2 years old I learned to ski at Alta Ski Area in Utah.  I grew up doing many outdoor sports including mountain biking, hiking, camping, soccer and tennis but especially fell in love with skiing.  I am proud to have represented the United States in giant slalom and slalom in the 2010, 2014 & 2018 Winter Olympic Games and four World Championship events including 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Most recently I won the women’s giant slalom title at the 2017 U.S. Alpine Championships.

I spent the past five winters competing at the international level with no support from the national team. Overcoming this challenge was an exercise in athletic perseverance, passion and work ethic.  I credit learning these tough life lessons with making me the person I am today and, along with my athletic achievements, I hope to be a role model of these life skills!

In my off time, I am a student of finance & accounting at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, enjoy relaxing in the kitchen while baking and watching movies.

My Alta Story:  When I was 2 years old both my parents were instructors at Alta Ski Area and I had the choice of growing up at the day-care in Alta’s main base lodge or growing up exploring the mountain.  I chose the mountain and fell in love with skiing Alta’s varied terrain and conditions (bumps, crud and powder snow!) Throughout all my years following the World Cup circuit as a professional skier, Alta has remained my favorite mountain and I am happiest when I get to come home and ski iconic runs like High Rustler!

When I was cut from the U.S. Team in 2012, I was suddenly responsible for all the expenses necessary to compete at the international level.  Alta immediately stepped-up and I am so grateful for their support of me during my years as an independent skier.  My journey to Olympics last winter would not have been possible without so many people and sponsors like Alta offering help, kind words and donations!

What to Expect from Me This Season: After 12 years competing on the World Cup circuit, I am retiring from alpine ski racing to reinvent myself in the world of free-skiing and I am a super excited to announce my Ambassadorship with Alta Ski Area this upcoming winter!  Please follow Alta’s Instagram and blog for my monthly updates that will include fitness and nutrition tips, advice to help arc a better turn, secret powder stashes and much, much more from your local Alta Olympian: Megan McJames Joins the Alta Family

 

3rd place in the Super Combine at the 2018 U.S. National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho

The twelve years I spent racing World Cup was an amazing journey that I will always cherish!  I am especially proud of the last five years as an independent athlete that taught me more that I ever wanted to know about perseverance, confidence, world travel, managing a budget and fundraising!

Thank you for your support, my journey would not have been possible without so many people offering help, kind words and donations!

After representing the United States in 4 World Championship events and 3 Winter Olympic games, I am moving on to do some coaching, finish school at Westminster college, get married and (of course!) search for powder turns!

Podcast: Megan McJames Talks Retirement and Career by Ski Racing Media

3-time Olympian leaves the World Cup to search for Powder!

Time For Me To Give-Back:

The last 12-years racing World Cup was an amazing adventure for me that would not have been possible without the support of so many generous donors and sponsors! As a thank you for everything the sport of ski racing has given me, I would like to give the same gift of support back to a young, upcoming athlete.

So, I am auctioning my signed 2018 PeyongChang Olympic Slalom Bib and donating all of the proceeds to Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls!
Each $2500 raised, will pay for one girl who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate in one week of on-snow training with Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls in Mt. Hood, Oregon (Summer 2019)

Auction Completed, thank you!

Auction Update:  

I’m so proud to be sending Karoline (right) to Keely’s Camp this summer! Thanks to everyone who made this possible by bidding on my Olympic slalom bib!

“Sisters who shred-These two are headed to Mt. Hood for race camp this summer! Karoline and Natalie are the 2018 recipients of the Jackson Hole Babe Force Jr. Babe Scholarship and the Megan McJames Olympic Bib Scholarship. Thank you Jackson Hole Babe Force and Megan McJames for giving more girls the opportunity to move mountains! #girlsmovingmountains

I am really proud to have represented the United States in my 3rd Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Korea!!   

There have been so many challenges along the way, and I feel very proud of the perseverance that it took to maintain World Cup level skiing through three Olympic cycles!  Thanks for making my journey as an independent skier possible with your support!

I was very excited to compete in Olympic giant slalom, slalom and the team event this year!

Park City native Megan McJames continues Olympic journey in PyeongChang – KSLTV.com

Park City’s Megan McJames held onto her Olympic dream, even after she was cut from the team six years ago – Deseret News

Persevering to PyeongChang – The Park Record 

And a big shout out to all of the people that made the trip to Korea to cheer me on, I have the best fan club in the world 😊 Sue McJames (mom), Scott McJames (dad), Uncle Bill, Anniken & Sarah Hormel Everett, Laurel Christensen and Kelly Brouse:

Thank you! 

Opening Ceremonies with the 2018 U.S. Alpine Ladies!

To follow my journey more closely, please follow:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganmcjames/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganmcjames/

 

I’m so proud to announce that I qualified for the 2018 Olympic team! 

Thank you so much for your support, ski racing independently would not be possible without my family, friends, donors and sponsors! 

I’m very excited about my 3rd Olympics and 2nd Olympic qualification without the support of the national team!

 

Team USA – Alpine Skier Megan McJames Headed to Third Winter Olympics Games

Ski Racing – U.S. Olympic Team Named

THANK YOU! 

To follow my journey more closely, please follow:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganmcjames/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganmcjames/

 

 

Happy Holidays!

 

First World Cup giant slalom points of this season at the Beast World Cup in Killington, Vermont USA

 

Thank you for your support!  

 

My journey as an independent skier would not be possible without you and I am very grateful!

 

First slalom podium of this season at the Holiday Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA

 

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