Tahoe Donner has cultivated many great athletes in the world that have either grown up or trained in Tahoe Donner. We are honored to officially sponsor our first professional athlete Mark Engel of the U.S. Ski Team. Tahoe Donner will work with this ambassador to activate programs that enhance snow sports and recreation in the community. We believe this partnership is a natural evolution of our core values as well as a reminder that the Tahoe Donner Ski Resort is the Best Place to Learn to Ski.
HOMETOWN: Truckee, CA
SCHOOL: University of Utah
SPONSORS: Atomic, Leki, Shred, Slytech, Tahoe Donner
I was always inspired by Bode Miller growing up. He skied differently than any other skier on the World Cup and always represented to me what believing in yourself and your own abilities can do for you.
FIRST TIME ON SKIS:
My skiing career started at 2 years old, when I made my first turns at the Tahoe Donner Ski Area. My first memory of Tahoe Donner was making airplane turns with my Dad on Snowbird! Airplane turns are a fun drill to learn how to turn where you put your arms out like an airplane and lean the wings (your arms) to your outside ski to feel it start to turn.
FAVORITE RUN AT TAHOE DONNER:
Backslide! I used to spend the day lapping it when I was young.
Making the U.S. Olympic Ski Team in 2018!
WHEN NOT ON SKIS:
I love travel and playing music. Sweet Salt Records picked me up on their label. Have a listen on SoundCloud!
When I was 2 years old, I made my first turns at Tahoe Donner. My love for skiing grew as I did, and I moved on to ski at Alpine Meadows, and then joined the race program at Sugar Bowl. I skied with Sugar Bowl from age 11-19, and then made my first U.S. Ski Team nomination in 2011. Unfortunately, I severely injured my back in 2011 and couldn't compete again until the winter of 2012-2013. I competed that year with the U.S. Ski Team, but didn't do well enough to make another nomination. Offered a scholarship to compete with the University of Utah in 2013, I accepted and had a fantastic season, with two Continental Cup (one step below World Cup) podiums and winning the NCAA GS Championship title. That was good enough to put me back on the team, and I put my college education on hold to focus on skiing. I've been competing with the U.S. Ski Team ever since then, and slowly moving my way up to being a full-time World Cup Slalom skier. My long term goal has always been to compete in the Olympics and to be a top 15 slalom skier on the World Cup. Aim high. Here I come Korea!