Coming off the high of the recent Xfinity Killington Cup in Vermont, the stoke for skiing and ski racing is high in the Northeast and across the country. While we all aren’t destined for the World Cup, finding the joy of skiing and riding is attainable to anyone who puts boards on their feet.
Richardson, a four-time National Alpine Champion and 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, competed in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. After retiring from the World Cup in 2010, she became a big-mountain skier and won the Freeskiing World Tour’s North American Championship in 2012. She has been featured in six Warren Miller films, including this year’s "Line of Descent."
In the 68th annual Warren Miller flick, Richardson heads to Norway to tour a stunning landscape—where you’ll find a fjord on your left, a farm on your right, and a steep line straight ahead—learning from the locals that no matter where you’re from, “the magic of a mountain pulls people in, wherever you go you fall in love with it, and the more places you get to go, the more you realize that everyone is just like you.”
“I had heard about this fairy tale land. Everyone who loves to ski in Norway would make their pilgrimage at least once in their life to go backcountry skiing in Lyngen,” Richardson told SnoCountry.com. “What I probably took away from this trip more than anything is that the best day of skiing is basically when you are with the people that make you happiest.”
This two-time Olympian and World Cup veteran-turned big mountain skier is still vey much connected to the ski racing world, and recalls looking up to racers like Picabo Street and Kristina Koznick, just this next generation looks up to Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety. “I would say to them that they can be them. Look at them and be inspired. Look at their faces. I remember seeing them at the start and the focus and the passion, and the drive they have. When you see things in their faces that you recognize, it’s because it’s inside of you,” Richardson told us.
"Line of Descent" showings are still happening across the country.