Watch: ‘American Downhiller’ Documents 50 Years of US Men’s Ski Racing

The downhill skiing season is just around the corner. Get stoked and learn about the storied history of North America’s most courageous downhill ski racers.

The history of American Downhillers goes back more than 50 years, and long before the advent of the World Cup. Pioneers like Buddy Werner and Billy Kidd in the 1950s and ’60s laid down this sport’s foundations.

This week, POC and Ski Racing Media released an hourlong documentary that uncovers the wild history of a feature film on the history of the U.S. men’s downhill team. As noted by the creators:

American Downhillers have always felt they had something to prove. The World Cup is primarily played out at “home” for Europeans, where the sport’s biggest names are immortalized by legions of fans and an adoring media. And it’s against this backdrop that the brotherhood of today’s American Downhillers is built.

Together they forge a new team identity that prioritizes cooperation and friendship. It’s a bond that has propelled the team to flourish on the World Cup and built a camaraderie that spans the test of time.

This ski film is a look back in history — it’s about teamwork, camaraderie, and the best traditions of skiing.

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Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.