Biography


Kieffer Christianson

Age: 24

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Sport: Alpine Skiing

Education: Burke Mountain Academy (Highschool)

Dartmouth College (College)


About

Born and raised Alaskan. Alaska will be always my home, it has made me who I am, and I am proud of it. Although now I consider my primary residence to be my duffel bag, with the occasional extended stopovers in Park City, Utah; Hanover, New Hampshire; across every corner of Europe; and anywhere in between. 

Beginning

I started skiing at age 2 and racing at age 6. My two older brothers raced, so I obviously had to prove my supremacy as the youngest brother and follow in their footsteps. I learned to race with the Alyeska  Ski Club Mighty Mites and Junior Program. In these programs I was able to continue to develop my love for skiing and begin my obsession with ski racing. I am forever grateful to Alyeska for the exposure to a variety of racing condition and opportunity to develop a broad rage of skills. Training with the Alyeska Ski Club, a program which I consider to be one of the best is the world, prepared me for a successful ski racing career. At fourteen years old I won both major children's races: the World Championships in Topolino Italy and Whistler Cup in Canada. Looking to build on these successes I left with my coach from Alaska, Duffy Daniels, to train and compete and with a handful of other fast young juniors in Colorado alongside with coach Bruce Knoepfel. Armed with two of craziest and most dedicated coaches on the face of planet, and 4 of the fastest 15-16 year olds in the country "Iced Out Racing" was born. After experiencing the good and the bad of a whole season on the road, I rooted down at Burke Mountain Academy for my my Junior and Senior years of high school. Located in norther Vermont, Burke helped develop both my mind and my skiing, and my senior year I was accepted to Dartmouth College and nominated to the U.S. Ski Team.

Now

The 2017/2018 season will be my second racing as an independent. After 6 seasons with the U.S. Team, I got cut from the team about a week after winning U.S. Nationals in Sun Valley. In between ski seasons I have been chipping away at a double major in Psychology and Philosophy at Dartmouth. When I am not at school I am training, either on snow or in the gym. I have very little free time between these commitments, but I always try to come home to great state of Alaska when I can. My goal this season is to be ranked in the top 4 among Americans in the World Cup GS standings going  into the 2018 Olympics. To find out more about how you can join my team, and learn more about the upcoming season, click here.

Giant Slalom World Cup at Kranjska Gora, SLO; March 2017

Giant Slalom World Cup at Kranjska Gora, SLO; March 2017

Learning to ski at Alyeska

Learning to ski at Alyeska

Halibut fishing in the summer

Halibut fishing in the summer