I ski race with Alaska Pacific University, adventure around the world, and take a few pictures.
Top three results:
1st Overall: Supertour Finals Classic Sprint 2012
3rd Overall: US Nationals 30k Classic 2012
3rd Overall: US Nationals Classic Sprint 2012
2010 Junior World Championship Team
2011 U23 World Championship Team (Qualified, did not attend)
2012 U23 World Championship Team
2013 U23 World Championship Team
2013 US Scando and OPA Cup Team
I grew up on skis, and by the age of 10 was convinced I wanted to be a ski racer. I was introduced to ski training by Jan Buron, head coach of Alaska Winter Stars. Jan taught me how to ski and started coaching me full time in 7th grade. I strongly believe that AWS is one of the best junior development programs in the country – for more information on Alaska Winter Stars click here. In high school I raced for both South Anchorage High and for AWS at regional and national races. These programs made skiing fun and set me up well for NCAA-level collegiate racing.
After high school I continued ski racing while pursuing an Engineering degree at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth I learned to balance skiing with a hectic college schedule. Through the travel, team camaraderie, and competition, I also discovered why I really love skiing. Skiing was perhaps the most challenging aspect of my college career, but also the most rewarding. Anything truely worth your time is rarely easy, and I embraced the challenges ski racing offered. Coach Ruff Patterson guided me to three NCAA All-American Teams and two National Championship podiums while at Dartmouth.
After graduation from college, I skied professionally for two years with SMST2 in Vermont, but have since decided to return to Alaska to continue pursuing skiing closer to home. I’ve joined the APU team, which offers a great combination of stimulating training, fun teammates, and world class coaching. The team has awesome momentum and I’m really excited for the entire group this upcoming season.
It’s a privilege to compete as a professional ski racer and be part of our vibrant Alaska skiing community. My parents, coaches, teammates, supporters, and many others have all helped me in pursuing my dreams, and I am grateful for the opportunities they have given me. I hope to give back to the ski community by being an ambassador for the sport, competing at the highest level of international ski racing and inspiring the next generation of young athletes.
Please feel free to contact me at eric.s.packer (at) gmail.com or using the form below.