At the 2014 Winter Olympics, every time I mentioned the name of Donna Weinbrecht to another mogul skier, I always got a similar response: “She is so nice and helped me so much.”
“When I was just on the team and at nationals I rode the lift prior to my start with Donna. For me was a dream come true to even know her, she was one of my childhood heroes. And she was so nice and relaxed me so much, it was awesome," longtime US mogul team member Heather McPhie said.
Weinbrecht is a five-time FIS World Cup champion and won the first Olympic gold medal in moguls in 1992 at the Albertville Winter Games. She learned her skills and technique by skiing the bumps on the famously steep Bear Mountain at Killington in Vermont.
The mogul skiers from back in the 80s are legendary and still influencing Olympic mogul skiing today. Skiers like Steve Desovich, a multiple FIS World Cup winner and the coach for Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith in Sochi are still leading the sport.
“One of the things I like about skiing Bear Mountain is you still see some of the best mogul skiers ripping it up. From old-school rippers to the new Killington Mountain School kids, this is still the training ground and for many the path to the Olympics,” Weinbrecht said.
Bear Mountain offers mogul skiers the perfect pitch with a sea of moguls. To watch a skier go top to bottom without stopping is an amazing feat.
With the famed Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge right around the corner, you will not want to miss the opportunity to ski with Weinbrecht on March 22 and 23 .This is like a fantasy camp for all mogul skiers from wannabes to bump-bashers. Plus you’ll be skiing with one of the pioneers of moguls skiing who is not only a Skiing Hall of Fame member, World Champion, and winner of 46 individual World Cup mogul events, but most importantly she is one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet.