Dashing Through the Snow: An Interview with a Local Ski Racer
With snow gracing the mountain tops around Southern Oregon, skiers and snowboarders are chomping at the bit to dust off their gear and hit the slopes. There’s a lot more to playing in the snow on Mt. Ashland then just riding the lifts or grabbing a beer in the lodge. The Rogue Valley Messenger had a chat with the dynamically talented Kailey (pronounced Kiley) Flockoi about the racing scene in Ashland’s powdery gem.
RVM: At 19 years old, you’re already quite an accomplished downhill racer. In 2013, when you were only a Junior in High school, you won the State Championship in Women’s Slalom. When did you start racing?
KF: I love extreme sports; when I’m not skiing, I love to race dirt bikes. I have the need for speed and have a competitive attitude. I have an amazing family. I’ve been on skis since I was five years old and racing since I was nine years old. My Dad introduced me to the beautiful sport and taught me how to cherish it. It has always been a family sport to us. My parents and both of my siblings are amazing skiers- especially my brother Ean.
RVM: What exactly is MARA?
KF: MARA stands for Mt. Ashland Racing Association. It’s a club to better the racing abilities in skiers. As a coach our goals is to teach technique to make the best ski racer, and to better the students as a person. I am currently a coach for MARA and I was last year as well; I remember when I was 9 and in MARA and now I’m coaching the nine year olds and I love it! It’s really neat to watch the circle go round and continue.
RVM: After two years of rough or unridable conditions, you all must be so excited for this year’s season to get started up. How did MARA deal with the past couple of seasons? Where and how did you train?
KF: We are so very excited for this season. It looks like it is going to be a good one! The last few years were hard but made a great excuse to travel and go experience other mountains. Last year we made due with what we had and ended up training kids around the dirt patches! They all had great attitudes.
RVM: How does one get involved or support MARA?
KF: You can get involved in MARA by going to MtAshlandRacing.com, and sign up. There is a lot of information on that site and it is also linked on Mt. Ashland web page as well. Many people help by donating or just spreading the word and getting more kids in the program.