About Scott Snow:
Goal: To become an All American and help my team win a  Division I NCAA Championship.

Athletic achievements:

  • Represented USA at the Junior World Championships
    in Rocarossa, Italy, 2012
  • Downhill Gold medalist at J2 National Championships 2010
  • Super G Gold medalist at J2 National Championships 2010
  • Giant Slalom Bronze medalist at J2 National Championships 2010
  • Super G Gold medalist at J2 National Championships 2009
  • Downhill Silver medalist at J2 National Championships 2009
  • Second overall at 2008 J3 Junior Olympics (1st SG, 2nd GS and Slalom)
  • Represented the USA at the Whistler Cup in 2008, Whistler, BC
  • Represented USA at the Trofeo Topolino 2008 in Panaratta, Italy
  • Fourth ranked world FIS 1993 in Downhill
  • Ninth ranked world FIS 1993 in Super G
  • More than 40 USSA Gold medals
  • Five time NASTAR National Champion

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  • UNM Civil Engineering major, Class of 2017 - 75% academic scholarship
  • Graduated High School with Honors 2011
  • 2007 Presidents Award for Academic Excellence
  • Avalanche Level I 2005
  • Basic First Aid 2005


  • Guest coach, Bryce Mountain Ski Team, VA, Feb. 2011 and Jan. 2012
  • Forerunner/USST ambassador EEYSL Speed Series 201
  • Coach, Independence Christmas Camp, 2011
  • Coach, Speedy's Speed Camp, Mt. Hood, OR, June 2012
  • Race coach for four-week Schweitzer Junior Race Series 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • Developed and supervised dry land strength training program for fellow USSA team members aged 9-14.
  • Self-employed to earn ski racing money. Independently solicited and scheduled a variety of jobs, including yard work, auto detailing, firewood sales and minor construction.

Quick Facts:
Age: 20
Ski Club: University of New Mexico
Coach: Shep Snow
Home Town: Sagle, ID
Favorite Food: Chicken Divan, Lasagna, and large helpings of almost anything else.
Favorite song: The Frey - How to Save a Life
Favorite performer: Russell Crowe
Favorite movie: The Bourne Movies
Favorite book: The Inheritance Series

Scott, 20, is now a varsity racer for the Division I University of New Mexico Lobos Alpine Team. After a successful year racing independently, he is moving on to college life and preparation for a career in the US Navy. Scott is majoring in Civil Engineering and is a member of the Navy ROTC detachment.

Scott chose UNM for a variety of reasons. Naturally, he needed a school with Navy ROTC. He also knows Joe Downing, the head alpine coach, very well and enjoys working with him. While at UNM, Scott's days are full, starting at 4 a.m. every morning with a bike ride to Marine Corps physical training. This is followed by a full course schedule, then 2.5 hours of physical training with the ski team. Scott often adds separate training sessions with the other SEAL aspirants in his detachment.

Scott's rise to the national stage began in the 2005-2006 season when he was selected as one of three boys to represent the US at the children's World Championships in Italy. He also represented the US at the Whistler Cup that year. He was named a National Development System athlete for the first time that season. As a J2 athlete, Scott further elevated his game, taking Gold and Silver medals at J2 National Championships his first year, then two Golds and a Bronze his second year. He now holds more J2 National Championships medals than any racer in history. These results earned him invitations to the US Alpine Championships where he was the youngest competitor each of the past three years.

In 2010, at 16, Scott was invited to join the US Ski Team. He was one of six males (age 19 and younger) selected to represent the US at the World Junior Championships in Italy. He was the youngest of that squad. Unfortunately, two injuries knocked Scott out of many races the second half of that season. After two years with the Team, he decided it was time to move on with life and start pursuing his main goal of becoming a Naval Officer in Special Operations. He invested one year racing independently to improve his World ranking in the technical events (which are all NCAA does), and applied to colleges for the 2013-14 academic year.

Scott's family is his biggest support, including coach and dad, Shep; mom Joy; and siblings Bonnie, Jonathan and Adrienne.

Check Scott's schedule and see if he'll be at a ski slope near you. Come out and cheer him on!

Fun Facts:

  • As a baby, Scott rode the slopes with his Dad in a backpack.
  • By age 2, he was riding chairlifts and skiing alone. He broke his nose that year when he tucked into a fallen snowboarder, and has worn a racing faceguard ever since.
  • Scott has been on skis more than a third of the days he's been alive!
  • Scott moved to Sagle, Idaho at age 4, and skied 140 days the first winter he lived in Idaho.
  • Although it may sound as though he was raised with a singular skiing focus, Scott has, or does, compete in soccer, baseball and cross country running. He also is an avid kayaker, windsurfer, golfer and water-skier.
  • Scott's family has two cats. The goofy one has adopted Scott and she is great entertainment. She's so uncoordinated that she cannot lay down gently. She targets the landing spot, and tips over. She's also so rotund that she cannot get to the top bunk – but that's where she likes to sit while Scott does school work. So he lifts her up (strength training) and she sits there making little mew sounds.

Other favorite activities:

  • Baseball – Playing ball is Scott's main off-season thing. He spends most of his summers on the diamond. He's playing American Legion ball now. He catches most of the time, but also is used at all infield positions plus outfield when needed.
  • Cross Country running – Scott ran for Sandpoint High School. The coaches were great and he liked the camaraderie of the team. This really helps with his aerobics for pre-season training in Colorado.
  • Makin' noise – Scott played the trumpet in band and has now branched into piano and guitar. He got a travel guitar for Christmas last year which is with him most of the time on the road.
  • Windsurfing and Waterskiing – Sunny days on the lake with friends.
  • Dirt bikin' - One of Scott's big pleasures is meeting with his buddies to ride the many challenging single tracks in the neighboring mountains.