AJ Hurt's passion for skiing and ski racing began at a very early age. Growing up in North Lake Tahoe, Palisades Tahoe was her winter playground. At four years old, she entered the Team Palisades Tahoe and fell in love with the sport. With a father who has been a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol for the past 30 years, Hurt was raised a true member of the Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) family.
At 14, Hurt was invited to be a part of the National Training Group. As a first-year FIS racer in the 2016-17 season, she was the top junior for birth year 2000 in NorAm qualifying race points—not only in the speed disciplines but also the technical disciplines. Hurt scored her first World Cup points in 2020 placing 18th in the Courchevel giant slalom. Her best World Cup slalom result to date is a 29th place in Flachau in 2021.
"If you're in control, you're not going fast enough."
7 Things You Didn't Know About Aj Hurt
- 1. AJ is establishing herself as quite the multi-event skier, having scored points in four disciplines so far in 2020-21 (parallel, slalom, giant slalom, and downhill), and getting a bronze medal at World Juniors in Bansko, Bulgaria (SL, 2021).
- 2. AJ has been a skier her whole life. At only age four, she entered the Squaw Valley Ski Team and fell in love with the sport. "I liked the adrenaline rush of going fast, no other sport gave that rush. I loved free skiing and just spending time outdoors on the mountains."
- 3. As a first-year FIS racer in the 2016-17 season, she was the top junior for birth year 2000 in NorAm qualifying race points—not only in the speed disciplines but also the technical disciplines.
- 4. She has two national titles: one each in alpine combined and giant slalom (Sun Valley, Idaho, 2018).
- 5. She traveled with the C and D Team during the 2018 season, starting in her first World Cup in Killington on U.S. home soil as a 16-year-old, just shy of her 17th birthday.
- 6. "AJ" stands for Amelia Josephine
- 7. When AJ is not skiing, you can find her hanging out at the beach!