Alice Merryweather learned to ski at four years old on the wintery slopes of Attitash Mountain, chasing her brother down the hill. When she reached high school, she decided to pursue her ski racing dreams and enrolled at Stratton Mountain School. At Stratton, she earned herself spots on the Junior World Championship teams in 2014 and 2015, as well as a spot on the D Team in 2016.
Merryweather made her World Cup debut in 2016, skiing the downhill at Altenmarkt, Austria. In 2017, she really had a breakthrough though, starting in her first giant slalom World Cup on home snow at Killington, and also starting in two more World Cup races in Europe before she competed in the Junior World Championships in Are, Sweden and was crowned Junior Worlds Downhill champion alongside teammate Sam Morse for a gold medal sweep. That earned her a starting spot for World Cup Finals on home snow in Aspen, Colorado, where she broke into the top 20 in downhill.
"The whole weekend I’ve been super, super relaxed and laid back, and for me, that’s the key, relaxing and putting together a race run, trusting my skiing, and I fully did that today."
6 Things You Didn't Know About Alice Merryweather
- 1. Alice began to ski at four years old at Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire.
- 2. When she isn't on the slopes, Alice likes to play music, hike, and drink coffee.
- 3. Alice was accepted to Harvard but deferred enrollment, and is now a student at Dartmouth College. Also, she'd like you all to know that she still holds her middle school's high jump record.
- 4. She won the 2019 U.S. Alpine Championship downhill title at Sugarloaf, Maine.
- 5. Her favorite memory as a competitor to date is having the opportunity to race at the PyeongChang Olympics, and coming down in the lead during the second run of the Olympic alpine combined.
- 6. Three things Alice wants the world to know: she loves animals, hates wet paper, and has been called an "absolute weapon" on the grill!