If it’s fast, dangerous, and seriously fun, four-time Olympian Daron Rahlves probably does it and does it well. The 2001 World Super G Champion is the only American to have his name painted on a gondola in Kitzbühel, Austria, an honor reserved for winners of the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill. Before his 13-year stint as a star on the U.S. Ski Team, the California boy was a world champion jet skier. After retiring from ski racing, Daron didn't slow down—he merely shifted gears, competing in ski cross on the 48 Straight Tour, in the X Games, and in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In his constant drive to push the boundaries of the sport, he started the big-mountain Banzai Tour, which hits Tahoe’s biggest terrain. Based in Truckee, California, where the skiing and the motocross are most excellent, Daron is a local hero in Tahoe and Sugar Bowl’s skiing ambassador. He and his wife, Michelle, are raising twins Dreyson and Miley, and occasionally escaping to surf in Encinitas.
Gear Inspired by Daron
Daron’s red, white, and blue slouchy hat is just his style — American, relaxed, and very, very cool. It says, “Go ahead, try to beat me. I dare ya!”