Megan McJames

I spent the month of April working at Alaska Rendezvous heli ski guides!  Deep in the Chugach mountains, 45 miles outside of Valdez, I took some time to take a break after a long winter of racing, make plans for the future and experience a completely new aspect of the sport I love: skiing!  Sometimes you have to take chances to find happiness 🙂

Here are the photos:

Searching for lines with @marcuscaston

* They call it Chugach Magic *

Flying…

And hiking…

Touring can be a good work out! Whew!!  Thanks for getting me to the top @myshell1527

* Northern Lights * Photo Credit: @bromandudeguy520

“Tonight we Party, Tomorrow we Ride!”  Burning a huge bonfire to celebrate all the people we’ve lost in the mountains doing the sport we love!

@kwaddle22 you’re the best! Thank you for bringing me on your adventure and being the best office buddy a friend could ask for!

And thank you to everyone @akrendezvous for making me part of the family!

In addition to skiing, while in Alaska, I collected Rainier beer tabs and in doing so planted over 300 trees in the Pacific Northwest.  Check out the movement:

#TeamMeganUSA goes to Switzerland for the 2017 World Championships:

U.S. Announces Squad for 2017 World Championships

on my way to 21st place in the World Championship giant slalom

On my way to 21st place in the World Championship giant slalom!

“I’m really happy with today. I executed my goal, which was to go for it and have fun.”

On top of the world in beautiful St. Moritz, Switzerland with Groundswell Athletics coach Cody Marshall!

On top of the world in beautiful St. Moritz, Switzerland with Groundswell Athletics coach Cody Marshall!

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Support crew: Mom & Boyfriend!

Support crew: Mom & Boyfriend 🙂

Quick Stop in Colorado for some GS & SL North American Cups

First victory of the season at the North American Cup giant slalom in Copper Mountain, Colorado

THANK YOU

to all of my wonderful supporters who make this crazy & amazing journey possible for me!

For me, the World Cup night SL in Zagreb was a dream come true!  For the last ten years I have  wanted to race in Zagreb but this year was my first opportunity.  To move up from bib 62 to 20th place made me feel like my own personal Snow Queen!

Fall Down 100 Times, Stand Up 101

Fall Down 100 Times, Stand Up 101

 

Ski Racing: Velez Zuzulova crowned Snow Queen in Zagreb

As we continue on through racing season, I would again like to say THANK YOU to all of my wonderful supporters who make this journey possible for me!

Courchevel, France

Christmas lights in Courchevel, France

The French Alps

Sunrise in the French Alps

Innsbruck Austria's Famous Christmas Market

Innsbruck Austria’s Famous Christmas Market

A little town nestled in the Dolomites called Paganella, Italy

A little town nestled in the Dolomites called Paganella, Italy

"We're going to steal (pause for effect) the MOON!" -Despicable Me

“We’re going to steal (pause for effect) the MOON!” -Despicable Me

Reunited with all the beautiful, fast ladies on the U.S. speed team <3

Reunited with all the beautiful, fast ladies on the U.S. speed team for a traditional Italian style meal ❤

More Pizza Please!

More Pizza Please!

High above the Swiss Alps while training in Zinal, Switzerland

High above the Swiss Alps while training in Zinal, Switzerland

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Spread love for the holidays!

 

Killington Resort hosted an amazing World Cup event last weekend!  It was very special to have so many American ski fans, friends, family and future ski racers cheering us on!  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put the event on, I am still working hard to find that last bit of SPEED!!

GS 2016 Audi FIS World Cup - Killington, VT Photo © Reese Brown

GS 2016 Audi FIS World Cup – Killington, VT Photo © Reese Brown

Slalom 2016 Audi FIS World Cup - Killington, VT Photo © Reese Brown

Slalom 2016 Audi FIS World Cup – Killington, VT Photo © Reese Brown

Feeling the love with 16,000+ American ski racing fans and future ski racers watching the racing in Killington!

Feeling the love with 16,000+ people lining the slopes in Killington!  I could hear the crowd cheering me on while standing in the start of the slalom!!

Thank you to Cody Marshall for being my support staff this weekend <3 @groundswellathletics

Thank you to Cody Marshall for being my support staff this weekend!  ❤  Check out: @groundswellathletics

Best Friend & Best Coach :-)

Best Friend & Best Coach  🙂

My #1 support crew rocking Team Megan hats!

My #1 support crew rocking Team Megan hats! @bigtruckbrand 

The holidays are for family, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The holidays are for family, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Work hard for miracles & always believe!

Work hard for miracles & always BELIEVE