US Ski and Snowboard to Host Freestyle Moguls Team Fundraiser in Wolcott

The annual US Freestyle Moguls Ski Team fundraiser will be held August 26 at Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott. The entire mogul team, including locals Kai Owens (middle) and Tess Johnson (right) will be in attendance.
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If Vail Valley isn’t officially Mogul Town USA on a permanent basis, it can at least lay claim to the moniker This Friday.

The third annual USA Ski and Snowboard Team Freestyle Moguls fundraiser will return to Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott on August 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event hosted by Jeffy and Jim Benedict features a line-up of star-studded athletes for fans and supporters to meet and rub shoulders with, including 2022 Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf. The Vail-born Steamboat Winter Sports Club athlete will join Olympic teammates and Valley residents Kai Owens and Tess Johnson as well as the entire mogul team.

“We are all very happy to be spending time with our fans in the Vail Valley,” said Kai Owens, who finished 10th at the Beijing Olympics in 2022, heroically battling a shoulder and head injury. suffered the week of the event.

“It would mean the world to see some of you there!” she stated.

“The Vail Valley has been on this journey with me since I started skiing at age 2,” Johnson said.

“This community is the reason I started skiing, joined ‘Beavo’, started competing with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, made the USA Ski & Snowboard Team, and competed in the Olympics, where the community raised funds so my family could come and watch.”

Jaelin Kauf wins silver for the United States in the women’s moguls event at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Kauf, who was born in Vail, will be at the team’s fundraiser Aug. 26 at Wolcott.
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The event will feature autograph signings, trivia and a silent auction to bid on team gear and items such as golf at Red Sky Ranch with athletes, guided fly fishing with athletes, lunch at the Bachelor Gulch Club with athletes, and local mountain biking and hiking with athletes. . All funds go directly to the mogul team. More information regarding item bidding can be found at

Johnson said she was excited to go mountain biking on Aug. 27 with her teammates and the winner of that particular silent auction item.

“It’s going to be a great weekend,” she said, adding that the team’s goal is to raise $100,000 to support athlete and team expenses for the 2022 season- 2023.

Johnson also spoke of the Valley’s rich mogul tradition.

“Vail has a long history of moguls with countless bumps and Pro Mogul Tour events on ‘Look Ma’ back then,” she said.

“That story continues today with much of the tycoon community residing in Vail. I couldn’t think of a better place to host our annual US Freestyle Mogul Ski Team fundraiser.

Attendees will also have the chance to meet former freestyle team athletes Jeremy Bloom, Hannah Kearney and Brad Wilson as well as special guests Billy Kidd and Dorothy Hamill.

Bloom is a two-time Olympian, world champion and 10-time World Cup gold medalist. He is best known for winning a record six consecutive World Cup events in the 2006 season and becoming the only athlete in history to ski in the Winter Olympics and be drafted into the NFL. The University of Colorado All-American was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2006 draft and was also a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, although he did not play in any games for either team.

Kearney won the 2010 Olympic gold medal and also picked up a bronze medal in the moguls event in 2014. Wilson, the younger brother of Olympic bronze medalist Bryon Wilson, also competed at the 2014 Olympics and was the 2019 World Champion silver medalist in the double moguls event.

Kidd and Hamill hardly need an introduction. Hamill was the 1976 Olympic champion and world figure skating champion in ladies’ singles. Kidd, alongside Jimmie Heuga, became the first American to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing by winning silver and bronze respectively. As Director of Skiing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, he enjoyed legendary status with his iconic Stetson cowboy hat.

Owens and Johnson expressed their gratitude for the community support that has helped propel their careers.

“Our individual success on the hill would not be possible without all of you. Thank you,” Owens said.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the Benedict family, the USA Ski and Snowboard Team, and the entire Vail Valley,” Johnson added.

“Through triumph and defeat, this community has been right beside me.