STREIF - One Hell of a Ride


Californian Daron Rahlves is one of the USA’s most highly decorated ski racers.


Leaving the US national ski team in 2006 has hardly slowed his lifestyle. After 13 long and successful years of alpine downhill skiing, the father of two made the transition to ski cross and big mountain.


Whoever thinks that Rahlves now has a peaceful life is mistaken. His transition to ski cross was tough. In his first season, he fell in all four final runs in this still unfamiliar discipline. The following year he had already mastered the art of ski cross and went on to win the first X Games gold medal.


The Olympic Games in Vancouver were next on his agenda. Although he didn’t win a medal there, Rahlves has since become a fixture in the sport of alpine skiing. Taking all of his disciplines into account, Daron can boast of 28 placements on the World Cup podium, 12 World Cup wins, three World Championship titles and a victory at the legendary Hahnenkamm Races. After his win on the Streif, one of the gondolas of the Hahnenkamm lift was named after him.