Dylan Nicoletti taught himself how to ski in Crestline, California, by balancing on a used pair of skinny skis without bindings: With regular shoes on, he jumped on the skis and pointed them down the steep, snowless, pine-needle-covered "slopes."
Eventually his dad took him to a real ski area, but before he purchased a lift ticket, he told Dylan to walk up the bunny hill and ski down for a couple hours. Dylan passed the test and has been skiing ever since.
The EpicMix Race Series has finally given me a chance to see how I stack up against a pro, namely, Lindsey Vonn.
The first ski race I remember watching on TV was the 1976 Olympic downhill, in which Franz Kla...