Alpine Ski Racer
Hometown: Tahoe City, CA
Skiing Inspiration: My family who all ski and love the mountains as well as guys like Shane McConkey and Daron Rahlves.
Favorite Zone: KT-22 taught me everything I needed to know about skiing and snow! That zone has everything you would ever want from steep, long groomed runs to the gnarliest big mountain lines and big cliffs!
Favorite Run: For me growing up I have the best memories from skiing Nose (Collman's Railroad) to middle knuckle on the fingers and then jumping off the cat tracks on the way back to the lift on a powder day! It is the most direst fall line run top to bottom on KT-22 and has cliffs, spines, and perfect steep powder turns from top to bottom.
Earliest Squaw Alpine Memory: Probably either the jump contest or obstacle course contest when I was a Mighty Mite! So much fun. That or jumping off the pixie cliffs with all my little friends as a Mighty Mite.
Best Squaw Alpine Memory: Winning the US Nationals at my home mountain for me was a great memory, but my best memories would be the first time I skied the “X” line off of Eagle's Nest. I was pretty young maybe 14, and I hiked up there first thing on a powder day and was the first one to drop in. I picked my line and made the fist two calculated turns before straight lining in and jumping off the bottom cliff into the open powder fields below. It was such an exhilarating experience and once I stopped, these two older guys came skiing down to me and asked who I was! It turned out that they were Shane McConkey and Scott Gaffney. This was my first time meeting them and we ended up skiing together the rest of the morning.
Go-to Après Spot: The Chammy is the place to go. It has so much skiing history and is where all the locals go. Also it is protected from the wind and gets great afternoon sun. Upstairs in the loft bar there is skiing memorabilia from the countless legends that have called Squaw home over the years.
Favorite Squaw Alpine Event: Either the Cushing Classic pond skimming or the PMS (Pain McShlonkey)!
Greatest Achievement: My greatest achievement is that I was able to grow up at Squaw and learn the skills necessary to have success on the world stage at the highest level of ski racing. This has allowed me to represent the US at the Olympics and World Championships and win World Cups and medals! I owe a lot of my success to where I grew up and the mountain and people who taught me how to ski.
Best Ski Accessory: On my powder poles I still rock a "ski-gee"…it definitely comes in handy!
Travis Ganong was born in Truckee, and grew up as a downhill ski racer at Squaw Valley starting in the Mighty Mites program. His feats include a fifth place finish in the men’s downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finishing just .41 seconds behind the winner. Ganong is a three-time podium finisher in World Cup events, including a win in Santa Caterina, Italy in 2008. Ganong also finished second in the Downhill at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.
Race Results and Accolades
- 5th place: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (Mens Downhill)
- 2nd place: 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
- 4-time World Cup podium finisher, including 1st place in the 2015 World Cup Season and most 1st place in the 2017 World Cup Downhill in Garmisch
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