Ben Paley – Biography
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Birthplace: New York
Education: Freshman, Colorado School of Mines
USTSA Team Sponsors: Karbon, Global Rescue, CW-X Conditioning Wear, Saucer Wax
Personal Sponsors: Uvex, Smartwool, Mountain Hardware, Mom and Dad
My Skiing History:
I began skiing and racing in New Jersey. We moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado when I was 12 years old. I competed in alpine ski racing up through J1, skiing all disciplines. My best alpine result was a second place SG finish at the Rocky Mountain Smartwool Series. I began racing telemark in 2006 at the US Telemark Nationals. In 2007 I finished 6th place overall at the US Nationals winning a spot on the US Telemark B Team for the 2008/9 season. Last year I finished 3rd overall at the US National Championship at my hometown mountain which was sweet!
My Goals and Motivation:
I look forward to improving on my results and competing at World Cup events in the US this year.
Why do I Telemark Race?
It has been fun adapting my alpine race skills to telemark racing. Jumping and skating add some new challenges. Telemark racers are a fun loving and competitive group. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the World Cup Circuit.
Interesting Facts About Myself:
Graduating this year from high school! Played Varsity Tennis for past two years, winning doubles in my region. Started hunting this year; shot and carried my first elk – great preseason strength training. Studying Engineering this year at Colorado School of Mines.
2009 US Telemark National Championships, 3rd place overall
World Cup, Kobla, Slovenia, 33 GS, 42 Sprint Classic
2008 US Telemark National Championships, 6th place overall
Word Cup, Sugarbush, Vermont, 19th place GS, 20th place Sprint Classic, 21st place Classic