Sophie Caldwell Hamilton

Professional XC Skier

Sophie grew up in the very tiny town of Peru, Vermont and learned to cross country ski at about the same time she learned to walk. Sophie ski raced through college and then decided to pursue racing professionally after graduated. She spent nine years racing the World Cup and Olympics before retiring last spring. Now Sophie enjoys adventuring for fun as she and Simi settle down in Colorado for their next phase of life.

What does living the mountain life mean to you?

Living the mountain life means being grateful for our backyard and exploring it as much as possible!

What's one of the best decisions you've ever made?

One of the best decisions I ever made was to pursue ski racing after college. The people I have met through my years skiing from when I was a kid to the Olympics will remain some of the closest and most important people in my life.

Describe what your perfect day in the outdoors looks like.

My perfect day in the outdoors probably involves a full day of backcountry skiing. When the conditions are safe, the sun is shining, the corn skiing is prime, and there’s a beer waiting on the porch, it’s hard to go wrong.

What's one reason you love working with Stio?

I love that Stio is involved with people who have a wide range of relationships with the outdoors. Whether we are fierce competitors or recreationalists, Stio loves telling our mountain stories.

Do you have any goals or objectives for the coming year?

My goal is to enjoy my transition from ski racing. There will always be parts I miss, but there is so much I’m excited for.

How do you create balance in your life?

I’ve always had a very close support system of family and friends and they helped provide balance in my life when I was ski racing and still do now that I’m retired. Human connection provides balance for me and I’m lucky that a lot of my human connection takes place with my humans in the mountains.

What styles (Stio products) are you most excited about this season, and where will you be taking them?

I am very excited about my environ bibs and credential jacket. I think these will be my go-to pieces for ski touring!

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

Letting the outdoors become part of your identity and helping others do the same.