Meet the Talented Athletes
That Karl's Foundation is sponsoring
Jack and Luke started skiing for fun at a 400-foot vertical slope called Perfect North Slopes (PNS) in Indiana. When Jack was 7 and Luke was 5, they started Alpine ski racing at PNS because it was the best way to learn proper skiing technique. That led to competing in the Nastar Championships which led to skiing in Colorado and joining AVSC. This is their fourth year with AVSC. Jack has qualified for the Junior Olympics and was the recipient of AVSC's Commitment Award. Luke was named to the 2019 Rocky Mountain Division All-Star Team.
When Jack is not ski training or racing, he is playing the guitar. The only other passion that comes close to ski racing is the guitar. He also likes to spend extra time in the gym. On his days off from ski training or racing, you can find him working out.
Luke loves ski racing and going to practice. Luke's End of Season Award from his coaches last season was the Dedication Award. Luke received this award not only for how much he came to practice but also because of how hard he tried when he showed up.
My name is Margo McHugh and I'm from Chicago, Illinois. Before we moved out to Aspen when I was 6, my family and I were always visiting and I was able to learn to ski just after my first birthday. Since I was little I've always wanted to go fast, and when I was 10 years old I began skiing with Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.
2016-2017 ski season, I was ranked first in the nation in Downhill for my birth year (2001). Now being first year FIS, it's far more competitive, but I'm keeping my head down and staying focused on the little successes. I've managed to land a few podium results in Super G and Downhill this season, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming races before the season comes to a close. I hope to continue my skiing career throughout college, or to even make the US Ski team for speed, but no matter what I want skiing to remain a part of my life because I love everything it has to offer. Aside from skiing, I also love to play soccer and have played on the Rocky Mountain Olympic Development Program Team, as well as competed in Europe and an American-Danish team with Scandia Unitied.
Joining our candidates from Down Under in Aussie land is Robert. Robert is a rock-star (literally), he plays bass guitar in a Rock and Roll Band. At 6'1", he is a straight A student, plays Baseball, Rugby and Hockey. He does it all! - Oh, did I mention he has skied since he was 3 years old? It shows!
Hailey & Julia Higdon
Hailey & Julia Higdon have lived in Snowmass Village, CO since birth. They have thrived in the Aspen/Snowmass community loving all the mountain life has to offer. They have been skiing since they were two and love spending time with friends and family on the slopes. Both girls participate in student senate, figure skate, play golf at Aspen High School and have achieved academic letters at Aspen High School. They have been lucky to be chosen to participate in Aspen Sister City programs and participate in various clubs to be invested in their community and future. They are currently utilizing the ProStart program to work toward achieving PSIA Certification 1.
Galena Wardle is our first recipient of a scholarship from Karl's Foundation. New to the US Ski Team in 2016, hailing from the USSA's Team Academy, Galena started skiing at the age of 14 months with her parents, who are both ski instructors in Aspen/Snowmass. She'd spend her childhood splitting time between Aspen in the winter and Las Leñas, Argentina in the summer, where her parents worked. Between the mountains of Aspen and Las Leñas, she learned how to ski and acquired a strong passion for the sport. When she was eight, she started ski racing at Aspen Valley Ski Club and from then on knew she wanted to be the best in the world. Galena has her sight set on competing on the World Cup circuit and knows that she has to push and work harder than ever to reach her goal.
Galena in the news:
March 2, 2016: Galena was the top American at the FIS Junior World Championships in Sochi, Russia competing in the women's giant slalom.
March 23, 2016: National Champion on Super Combined in Sun Valley, ID. (super G and SL).
Emma Ellis, an Aspen native, is a sophomore at Aspen High School. She is a dedicated student, Student Senate Treasurer, participates in the High School Theater productions, studies Advanced Ballet and Modern Dance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and works part time. She loves travelling and the mountain life; hut trips, hikes, paddle boarding, rock climbing, downhill and cross country skiing. She has a Wilderness First Aid Certification and is currently working towards her Profession Ski Instructors of America Level 1 certification to teach skiing.
Eli Fuller is from Glenwood Springs, Colorado and is a 6th generation Western Slope native. He has grown up on the slopes and has been been skiing since he was 2 years old. Eli loves to laugh and have fun. He has a great appreciation for the outdoors and also loves to golf and play football. Eli is a staff sergeant in the Junior ROTC program at the Glenwood Springs High School; from it he has gained incredible leadership skills, and it has given him many opportunities to give back to the community. Eli is thrilled to be a part of the Pro Start Program; it combines his love of kids and his passion for skiing. Eli's father is also a ski pro, and he is proud to be following in his footsteps.
We are proud to award Trey Thorpe a scholarship to pursue his passion and dedication as an alpine racer. Trey was born in Aspen, Colorado and is a 4th generation Aspen local. He follows his father and grandfather's footsteps as a 3rd generation alpine ski racer in Aspen. Trey started skiing on Panda Peak at the Buttermilk ski area when he was 2 years old. He started racing with the Aspen Valley Ski Club when he was 10 years old. Trey has an incredible passion for being on the ski hill, whether he is racing or just free skiing.
As a U16, Trey finished in the top 15 in Downhill and Slalom at the USSA Rocky/Central Championships this year. His goal is to continue to race throughout high school and possibly in college. Other interests include baseball, biking, and spending time with friends and family. On his 2016 USSA Jr. Championship racer biography form, when asked where he sees himself in 10 years, he stated "still skiing, whether it is racing or not, I always want to be skiing".