Resi Stiegler is fully entrenched in a career of World Cup Ski Racing. The daughter of Olympic champion, Pepi Stiegler, the Jackson native has followed a similar path as her father, finding purpose and glory best when she’s locked on edge of an icy slope. The pursuit has taken her to many parts of the world, yet her mountain town upbringing has kept her grounded, with a connection to home, and self-effacing experiences found in the outdoors.
My first memory of skiing was when my mom would take me Nordic skiing when I was 1 year old, and then when I was two I was out on the mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I started racing at [Jackson Hole] with Nato Emerson when I was about six. As we got older and better I moved over to Jackson Hole Ski Club.I was such a lucky kid. Skiing was a way of life; it was how we got to work, it was daycare, and all my baby sitters were skiers. I would go to work with my dad and mom, and then just ski all day. People would keep tabs on us little ones ripping around, and it was just so peaceful and simple. I think that’s why I have such a deep love for the outdoors. There was not a day I wasn’t outside exploring and playing.
Being born and raised in Jackson is truly a gift—It’s the most amazing place. I think it is why I am the way I am. I feel like we really have a tight, loving community. When I am home I meet people [all the time] who are a constant reminder, teacher or inspiration for me, to be strong and very proud of where I am from.