About Daron

The most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history. Daron won 12 World Cup races, had 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National Titles, is the 2001 World Champion in Super G, Silver medal at the 2005 Worlds in DH and Bronze medal in GS. He was the winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003 and SG in 2004 along with 7 podium finishes in Kitzbuhel over 5 years. Now ski cross is the competition of his choice. In 2008 Daron took the win in Skier X at Winter X Games 12 and finished 3rd overall on the Jeep Skiing/48 Straight Tour.

Daron Rahlves was born June 12, 1973 in Walnut Creek, California. Growing up in Nor Cal he was exposed to all kinds of sports: soccer, tennis, golf, waterskiing, jet skiing, motocross and snow skiing. Every winter in Tahoe and summers at Clear Lake, snow skiing and water sports became one of Daron's many strong suits. At the age of 12, Daron's family moved up to Tahoe so that he could focus on competing. During the summers, he stayed serious about another passion: jet skiing. After 4 years racing 440 Super Stock and the modified class he became the Expert World Champion in 1993 and that same year was named to the US Ski Team. 13 years on the National Team included racing World Cup, being named to 5 World Championships teams and 3 Winter Olympic Games. Now he's made a transition from Alpine Ski Racing to skier cross comps on The 48 Straight Jeep King of the Mountain Tour, X-Games and the 2010 Olympics. Also on his plate is a goal of big mountain free skiing and filming with the top ski movie crews. “My goal is to explore more of the sport of skiing. That's why I decided to retire from World Cup racing when I was on top and healthy. On my own terms.” As an ambassador for Sugar Bowl Resort, Daron works with their ski academy and ski team passing on his knowledge from his ski racing success. Time is spent at home in Truckee, CA and balancing that out with a place at the beach in Encinitas, CA. Life is good for he and wife Michelle rasing twins Dreyson and Miley. Their place in north county is a perfect escape from the mountains for surf and socal mx tracks on his Honda CRF450R.

His second year in skier cross Daron won the SkierX at Winter X Games 12, January 2008.

A Little More About Me

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A SMILE ON MY FACE AFTER WINNING A RACE, ON TOP OF A SNOW COVERED MOUNTAIN, SHOWING UP TO THE TRACK, EMPTY WAVES I’M ABOUT TO PADDLE OUT TO, GETTING A PAW FROM MY TWO FURRY FRIENDS, SEEING MY KIDS SMILE, AND HOLDING MY WIFE.

What is your greatest fear?
NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ALL OPPORTUNITIES TO SHINE.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
CHUCK YEAGER

Which living person do you most admire?
MY DAD.

What is the trait that you most deplore in yourself?
NOT ENOUGH PATIENCE.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
DISRESPECT

What is your greatest extravagance?
FOOD

What is your favorite journey?
GOING ANYWHERE THAT FULLFILLS MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS

What do you consider your most overrated virtue?
DETERMINATION

On what occasion do you lie?
RARE

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
NOTHING

Which living person do you most despise?
THOSE BRAINWASHED TERRORISTS

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
HONEY

What is your greatest regret?
NONE

What or who is you the greatest love of your life?
MICHELLE, MY WIFE

When and where were you the happiest?
THE DAY MY KIDS WERE BORN

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
MORE PATIENCE

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
BEING ONE OF THE GREATEST SKI RACERS OF ALL TIME

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
ME

What is your most treasured possession?
MY MIND

What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
SADNESS

Where would you like to live?
MY OWN PERFECT WORLD WITH A HUGE MOUNTAIN TO SKI, WARM WAVES TO SURF, MOTO TRACK IN THE BACK YARD

What is your favorite occupation?
SKIER

What is your most marked characteristic?
WORK ETHIC

What is the quality you most like in a man?
CONFIDENCE

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
CONFIDENCE

What do you most value in friends?
SUPPORT

Who are your favorite writers?
MICHELLE

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
CAPTAIN AMERICA

What is it that you most dislike?
MY KIDS CRYING

What is your motto?
MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Daron Rahlves

Career Highlights

Career Totals
  • 7 US National Titles
  • 15 US National Podiums
  • 28 World Cup Podiums
  • 12 World Cup Wins
  • 3 World Championship medals
2009
  • 1st Silver Belt Banzai Sugar Bowl, CA
  • 4th Skier X Winter X Games 12 Aspen, CO
  • 5th World Cup Ski Cross Lake Placid, NY
  • Warren Miller "Dynasty" segment
  • Matchstick Productions "In Deep" segment
2008
  • 1st Aspen, CO Winter XGames 12 SkierX
  • 3rd Overall on 48 Straight Jeep Tour Skicross
  • 4th Deer Valley, UT World Cup Skicross
  • 4th Sun Valley, ID 48 Straight Jeep Tour Skicross
  • Atomic Ski segment in "Skiing Is___"
  • Warren Miller segment in "Children of Winter"
  • Rage Films segment in "Down Days"
2007
  • 2nd Telluride, CO 48 Straight Jeep Tour Skicross
  • Rage Films segment in "Enjoy"
2006
  • 1st Wengen SUI FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Are SWE FIS World Cup Super G
  • 3rd Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Downhill
2005
  • 1st Bormio ITA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 1st Beaver Creek USA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 1st Lenzerheide SUI FIS World Super Cup G
  • 2nd Bormio ITA World Champs Downhill
  • 2nd Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Super G
  • 2nd Beaver Creek USA FIS World Cup Giant Slalom
  • 3rd Bormio ITA World Champs Giant Slalom
  • 3rd Lake Louise CAN FIS World Cup Super G
  • 3rd Kvitfjell NOR FIS World Cup Super G
  • Matchstick Productions segment in "Pull"
2004
  • 1st Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Super G
  • 1st Kvitfjell NOR FIS World Cup Super G
  • 1st Sestrieres ITA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Beaver Creek USA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Garmish GER FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 3rd Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Downhill
2003
  • 1st Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 1st Beaver Creek USA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Wengen SUI FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 3rd Lillehammer NOR FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 3rd Garmish GER FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 3rd Bormio ITA FIS World Cup Downhill
2002
  • 1st Bormio ITA FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 2nd Beaver Creek USA FIS World Cup Downhill
2001
  • 3rd Kitzbuehel AUT FIS World Cup Downhill
2000
  • 1st Kvitfjell NOR FIS World Cup Downhill
  • 1st Kvitfjell NOR FIS World Cup Downhill

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