Date of Birth:
November 27, 1974
City/State of Birth:
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
National Championships: 3 first place finishes, 5 podiums
Nor-Am: 15 podium finishes
FIS World Cup:
5 top 30 finishes
1996 First World Cup – Park City, Utah
1998 Olympics – Nagano, Japan: 26thin giant slalom
1999 FIS ski world championships – Vail Beaver Creek, Colorado: 19th in slalom
1999 Mandonna di Campiglio: 16th in slalom
2000 Wengen: 10thoverall, 10th in slalom and won second run
2001 Schladming: 20th in slalom
2001 Kranjska Gora: 25th in slalom
2002 Wengen: 20th in slalom
European Cup – Obereggen, Italy: Top 3 finishes, including a victory
2018 Olympics, Alpine
Sacha Gros of Vail, Colorado has quite the historic ski profile. Sacha was born in Glenwood Springs, just before the Vail Valley had its own hospital. He grew up with a love of skiing that evolved from skiing faster than mom (Jane Gros says “He could beat me down the mountain by the time he was 5!”) to racing and eventually back to seeking powder, though he’ll always be a competitor. These days he enjoys getting deep face shots in East Vail chutes or skiing fast on the killer groomers Vail Mountain has to offer.
Sacha essentially learned to walk on Vail Mountain, and was on skis before his second birthday. His mom convinced the Vail ski school to take him on early and his ski racing career began!
He joined Ski Club Vail at six years old and clocked his podium finish at seven as a young J5. He soon became a household name among the racing community in Vail. In 1991 he joined Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and his then coach, Aldo Radamus, and Rob Worrell encouraged him to pursue his racing dreams. In 1993, Sacha was selected to join the US Ski Team and went on to spend nine years on the team.
After retiring from the US Ski Team in 2002, Sacha moved to Alaska. While there he continued his racing career, briefly coaching at Mt. Alyeska. He also dominated Arctic Man, a well-known Alaskan race combining snow-machiners and ski racers in the HooDoo Mountain Range. He went on to compete in Iron Dog, an endurance and skill based snowmachine race along the Iditarod trail, winning the best rookie title with a 6th place finish.
Sacha returned to Vail in 2006 and now runs Vista Bahn Ski Rentals in Vail Village, alongside his sister Dominique. He sneaks out to East Vail Chutes when he can or to make some turns with his wife Emily and has been teaching his sons, Rémi and Gage, to ski.