As one of four skiing kids in a ski racing family, the path to the U.S. Ski Team was pretty clear for Julia Ford, who was ripping around Vermont's Okemo Mountain Resort at age three. She spent three seasons on the U.S. Development Team and a couple on the "Trench Tour” (AKA NorAm/Europa Cup) before she was able to score World Cup points during the 2012 season. She has been making positive strides on the World Cup tour ever since.
Positive evidence includes her first Olympic start in the Sochi slalom with a 24th after landing some more World Cup speed points in the Lake Louise downhill, where she finished 21st. Now a year into an equipment switch to Volkl/Marker, “Fordo” is starting to feel the vibe again and is stoked to be back in the mix during the 2015 World Championship season.
It was a really good year of getting more experience on different hills and different downhills. My confidence has built up quite a bit because of that. I just feel really good when I'm in the start gate, and that's a big part of being able to have the confidence to be fast.
Now that I’ve had experience on most of the World Cup downhill tracks, I should be able to trust my abilities more and let my skis run. It’s not as much about learning them anymore. Now it’s about learning how to go fast on them.
Ford attended Okemo Mountain School for her middle school years and then later Holderness School before moving onto Westminster College in Utah. At Holderness School she served as the school’s president, the captain of both varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse while participating in her first year on the U.S. Development Team.
OFF THE SNOW
With a family of skiers (brother Willie is a marketing rep for POC), it's tough to get away from the sport, but her favorite escapes are fishing and mountain biking. To put it simply, this gal is all about smiling and bringing more fun to whomever she's hanging out with.
- Holderness Ski Team
- Westminster College
24th, SL, Sochi, RUS, 2014
Career-first points (22nd, DH, Bad Kleinkircheim, AUT, 2012)
First start (SL, Aspen, CO, 2010)
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2012, DH, Aspen, CO
2011, DH, Aspen, CO
2012 NorAm overall and downhill champion
2011 NorAm downhill, super G and super combined champion
Captured ESWA Golden Ski Award three consecutive years (08-10)
Top women's junior in slalom, giant slalom and downhill at the 2010 U.S. Championships
NorAm super combined title in 2009 and 2010
2009 Ski Racing Junior of the Year
Three-time member of the Junior World Championships Team