Name: Ted Ligety
Hometown: Park City
Circuit: World Cup
Fifty Pairs of Skis
For training in New Zealand we bring 40 or so pairs of skis
down just for tech. During the season it narrows down;
I probably travel with 12 pairs of GS skis and 10 pairs
of slalom skis, speed is about the same, so I’m probably
traveling around with maybe 50 pairs of skis. I have a pair
of powder skis with me at all times in Europe, but I don’t
travel with my powder skiing boots, just because it’s too
much stuff. Head skis are very stable and responsive at
the same time, which makes them more forgiving than
most of the skis I’ve skied on before.
I came up with my base and side bevels years and years
ago, which is how I like it. Every technician I’ve had does
it a little bit differently, but they have always stayed within
the same parameters. In GS I have about a half-degree
base and for slalom I am almost flat. My side bevel is
about a four or five; luckily I don’t have to do my own skis
so I don’t need to know the in and outs of that. Speed stuff
is just however it makes it there because we’re switching
skis amongst a bunch of different racers.
I travel with two pairs of GS boots, two pairs of slalom
boots and a pair of speed boots. I set up my boots differently for slalom, GS and downhill. My downhill boots are
definitely the softest of them and a little less aggressive.
My slalom boots are very stiff, they have extra rivets and
everything. My GS boots are on the softer side for most
guys boots but they are still somewhat aggressive.
Gloves, goggles, a helmet and all the obvious stuff are
in the bag on race day. Normally I’ll bring a rain jacket
with me just to have another layer. Water and a snack are
the main things, along with some extra Booster Straps. In
my finish bag I always have a pair of Shred glasses, Ugg
boots and an extra jacket.
I’ll usually pack myself a sandwich after breakfast to have
something to eat besides energy bars all the time for
something that is a little more normal to eat.
Shred is still a fun distraction; I am working a fair amount
on it. I obviously don’t do a lot of the day-to-day things,
but it’s good. We are working on all new helmets for next
year, that is something we’ve been working on over the
The High Road
I don’t listen to my iPod on the snow, but definitely in the
car ride up to the mountain. The type of music depends
on the day; sometimes I’ll listen to Dr. Dre — that’s a good
pre-race one to get pumped up. I listen to a lot of Broken
Bells, Tribe Called Quest, just kind of a random eclectic
mix. I read a couple books every year. I read a lot of business books, which is why I don’t read a ton, because after going through a business book you are kind of over
reading for a little while. I read Wired magazine religiously
front to back. I get into novels and biographies sometimes,
I always take a few extra outlet adapters for every country,
just because it’s easy to lose those things and guys are
always asking to borrow mine.