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Mikaela Shiffrin, ski team return to snow at Copper Mountain for camp

Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of the U.S. women’s ski team, along with the men’s Europa squad, recently returned to snow for a two-week June camp in Copper Mountain. It was a chance to go fast through a course again after the season abruptly ended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Copper Mountain is the home of the U.S. speed center and still had a 60-inch base. The warm weather made it challenging for the course workers as the manicured slopes turned mushy by mid-morning. For Shiffrin and her teammates, it was energizing to be back on skis.

Mikaela Shiffrin rode the chair lift to the top of Copper Mountain on a sunny June day and took in a sight she hadn’t seen in a while: A freshly groomed, snow-packed course just waiting to be skied.

Paradise.

A little tropical, too, given the warm weather that had the carefully manicured slopes turning mushy by mid-morning.

Didn’t matter. It was just energizing to be back on skis.

The two-time Olympic champion and the rest of the U.S. women’s team, along with the men’s Europa squad, recently returned to snow for a two-week, pay-strict-adherence-to-social-distance-guidelines camp in Copper Mountain, Colorado. This was a chance to zip through a course again after the season abruptly ended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Being back skiing, on the snow, it just felt like home,” said Bella Wright, who made her World Cup debut last season. “It felt like we were back doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”

The main objective of the camp that ended last week was nothing more than honing technique. For about three hours a day — beginning around sunrise — the team turned in run after run on the giant slalom course. Shiffrin and the other technical racers also were able to charge through some slalom gates.

“To get this training in during June is something we need because we missed spring training,” U.S. women’s coach Paul Kristofic explained. “It’s just great quality mileage in the bank.”

It marks the first time the team has been assembled in an organized setting since the 2019-20 season was halted in March just as the women’s squad prepared for a World Cup race in Are, Sweden. Shiffrin was set to make her return to the slopes after taking a six-week break from the circuit following the death of her father. Federica Brignone of Italy captured the overall crown, ending Shiffrin’s three-year reign.

Several European teams have already returned to training: The Austrian men’s and women’s teams in Soelden, the Swiss team on the Zermatt Glacier and the French in Courchevel and Val D’Isere.

French racer Alexis Pinturault posted a video on social media with the comment: “Sunny and Cold GS day in June.”

Course at Copper

In the Rocky Mountains, more like sunny and warm.

Copper Mountain made it work, though. The resort is the home of the U.S. ski team’s speed center and has a crew up for the challenge — no matter the tricky conditions. The hill still had around a 60-inch base following their closure in mid-March due to the pandemic.

Given the varying temperatures, it was far from easy to prepare the three trails for the group. Some days, it would rain. Some days, it would be 50 degrees, with the course turning into a slimy, wet consistency.

Enter the course groomers, who worked their magic sometimes late into the night.

“It’s like grooming a slushy,” laughed Mike Looney, the senior slope maintenance manager at Copper Mountain. “But when the weather cooled down, it got a little bit better to manage and then it started setting up. By the time athletes hit the course in the morning, it was a nice firm, race product again.”

Looney, who’s in his 23rd season at Copper, estimated the last time they groomed the trails at Copper in June like this was about 15 years ago, when they had spring race camps.

Their approach?

“You get a nightly game plan of where the thin spots are, where the wet spots are, and you fix them,” Looney explained. “Then, you do it again the next day.”

Shiffrin certainly appreciated the momentous efforts of the snowcat operators to make the training sessions possible.

“We’re one of the first sports that’s found a way to get training and it’s a huge production,” Shiffrin posted on social media. “For all people involved, it’s amazing they’re trying to pull this off.”

Health protocols

The team followed strict protocols, too, such as no more than two skiers on a chair lift at a time and facemasks worn everywhere (except when skiing). They also had one person doing the grocery shopping and limited contact to within their small bubbles — the speed team with the speed team and the tech squad with the tech squad.

Everyone’s temperature was taken twice a day.

There were no positive tests reported.

“To be able to train at Copper in the spring is something we’ve always wanted to do and to be able to achieve it in a really challenging situation with COVID is a real win for the team,” Kristofic said.

Some of the coaches and technicians live in Europe and couldn’t make it to the camp due to travel restrictions. Also, a portion of their equipment remains in Europe as well.

“We’re pooling our resources the very best way we can,” Kristofic said. “Of course, what an opportunity we had. We had to do this and take advantage of what we have on home soil, because it could very well be the only training we’re going to get.”

After the training sessions, the team took advantage of the nearby terrain. Some athletes went mountain biking. Others went for hikes or fishing. Wright preferred roller-blading, even logging 11.2 miles on one excursion.

“That was a workout in itself,” said the 23-year-old Wright, who hails from Salt Lake City. “Super peaceful.”

The ski team is hoping to hold another camp in July, possibly at Mount Hood in Oregon.

As for a World Cup season, Wright remains optimistic.

“I’m trying to just keep hope and know that somehow, someway we’re going to get to do what we love this year,“ Wright said. “It might look a little different. But if we’re on skis, that’s a win.”

Mikaela Shiffrin joins ‘All In Challenge,’ offering VIP experience at World Cup races in Killington

The All In Challenge is helping provide food for those in need during the coronavirus — over $45 million has been raised already for children, elderly, frontline workers and others in need.

Actors, athletes, musicians and other celebrities are offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fans to bid on/enter to win with all funds raised going to the All In Challenge. Among the experiences to bid on is Chris Pratt’s All In Challenge, where two winners will be brought on the set of the next “Jurassic Park” movie to be eaten by a dinosaur and featured on the big screen. On Tuesday, Mikaela Shiffrin got in on the philanthropy, thanks to an All In Challenge nomination from tennis star Coco Gauff, who also nominated NBA stars Kyrie Irving and Damien Lillard after offering up an hour-long training session for auction herself.

“Even though it’s not Chris Pratt’s ‘getting-eaten-by-a-dinosaur challenge’ — I’m actually very tempted to enter those sweepstakes myself — I think it’s still a pretty incredible opportunity,” Shiffrin said in a Facebook post announcing her package to bid on. “And I’m really excited to go All In and raise money to help feed those who need it most during this challenging time.”

Shiffrin is offering a special VIP experience to the World Cup races in Killington, Vermont, “an event that is very near and dear to my heart.” The package includes lodging for two and VIP tickets to the event; behind the scenes access; skis, boots and bindings from sponsor Atomic, as well as a VIP boot fitting; Shiffrin’s signature Oakley goggles; U.S. Ski & Snowboard gear; an all-access Ikon Pass; and a meet-and-greet/”hangout sesh” with Shiffrin at the event.

“Killington is one of the best events of the season with an amazing atmosphere, nearly 40,000 screaming fans, live concerts and entertainment, the actual races and so much more.”

Shiffrin went on to challenge former ice skater Adam Rippon, musicians KT Tunstall and Michael Franti as well as comedian Joel McHale to go All In.

Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Edwards resident, has been active on social media during COVID-19.

“So let’s go raise a lot of money together for a great cause. How does that sounds?” she said.

Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and many more have participated in the All In Challenge. For more information, visit www.fanatics.com.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Shiffrin, locals make U.S. squad for 2020-21

If Mikaela Shiffrin keeps at it, she just might make a career out of this skiing thing.

The queen of Alpine racing officially got re-invited to the U.S. Ski Team for the 2020-21 season, as the squad announced its roster for the upcoming campaign on Wednesday. This was obviously a no-drama moment for the three-time World Cup champion.

We’re forecasting that Shiffrin has a spot as long as she wants it, and probably after well after that. Wednesday was, however, a big day for some locals as Allie Resnick and Trent Pennington got their first invites to the team.

Resnick is a familiar name to the team. Emma, 17, was already on the development squad, and now here comes Allie, 18. Both sisters grew up here and went through Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Pennington, 17, is from Shalimar, Florida, and found his way to SSCV.

There is quite the local flavor on the squad at all levels. The B Team includes Bridger Gile, Kyle Negomir and River Radamus for the gents and Alice McKennis, Paula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien for the ladies. O’Brien is fresh off earning all-American honors in slalom at Montana State University.

Nicola Rountree-Williams, of Edwards, is a C Teamer. Jacob Dilling and Kellen Kinsella returned to the Devo Team.

Up on the A Team, there are no surprises. Travis Ganong, Ted Ligety and Steven Nyman are back. Tommy Ford’s there too after earning his first World Cup win at the Birds of Prey slalom here in December.

Shiffrin will be attempting a comeback season of sorts. Most racers would love to be trying “to rally” from a season with six World Cup wins. Of course, Shiffrin’s season was ultimately cut short by the death of her father, Jeff, on Feb. 2 and the onslaught of the COVID-19, which wiped out the final two stops of the tour in Are, Sweden, and Cortina, Italy.

Like the rest of the world of sports, the World Cup is waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. The season traditionally opens in Soelden, Austria, with women’s and men’s giant slaloms in October.

Birds of Prey, the men’s stop at Beaver Creek, is theoretically set for Dec. 4-6. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are in Cortina Feb. 8-21, 2021.

VIDEO: Mikaela Shiffrin performs ‘Valerie’ in Facebook live with KT Tunstall

If you missed Mikaela Shiffrin’s Facebook live video on Friday raising money for Goggles For Docs with a musical performance, including “Valerie” on guitar, it’s worth a watch.

Virtual Après Ski with KT Tunstall and Mikaela Shiffrin

Well, that was FUN! 🙃👏👏🙃Thank you so much, Reverb, for giving KT Tunstall and I the opportunity to join forces in the Virtual Après Ski Music Series to raise awareness for such a good cause (Goggles For Docs). ———Goggles for Docs (gogglesfordocs.com) was started by a doctor and ski industry pro to take on one aspect of the shortage – protective eyewear. Goggles for Docs connects individuals, snowsports equipment manufacturers, and hospitals in need by organizing, collecting, and donating used and new goggles to frontline healthcare workers in need.Visit GOGGLESFORDOCS.com to see how you can donate your used or new snow goggles to help protect hospital staff across the US. It’s simple – go to the webpage, learn more about the program, find a hospital that’s in need of goggles, and follow the process to sterilize and ship your goggles.Stay strong. Stay safe. Be kind.

Posted by Mikaela Shiffrin on Friday, April 17, 2020

The Virtual Apres Ski Music Series by Reverb brought together Shiffrin in her Edwards home and singer-songwriter KT Tunstall in Los Angeles.

“Fun! I have no idea how that sounded,” Shiffrin said after her performance on the video with over 90,000 views, “but I can read your comments and that’s super, super fun.”

Tunstall, known for songs like “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” joined in the video.

“That sounded amazing, Mikaela,” the Scottish musician said. “Honestly, if I had to compete in a skiing competition, I would not do as well as you just did playing a song.”

Music: ‘It’s the language everybody can relate to’

Shiffrin is not the only local working on her musical prowess while at home.

The Borders family in West Vail are separated from their dad, Russ, who is in Wisconsin for work with his construction business. Chloe, 9, is spending most nights with her ukulele in hand and her dad on a Facetime chat, holding his guitar. They’ve been practicing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” recently.

“It’s going pretty good,” Chloe said, adding that it’s “a lot” of fun to spend time with her dad.

People across the valley are turning to musical instruments while at home.

“I really believe, and I’ve always believed this, that music works,” local music teacher Sue Pehrson said. “It’s the language that everybody can relate to. Right now in these times, I think it’s healing, encouraging and brings people and families together. It soothes their souls to get an instrument out and relax with it.”

Pehrson has been teaching music for over 30 years, including 20 in Minneapolis before moving here. With schools closed, she’s been offering free lessons online to her students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“It’s been really fun for me,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed seeing the kids faces, of course, because when you’re a teacher you miss them.”

Pehrson said the schools borrowed out instruments for students to play at home while schools are closed.

Chloe is one of Pehrson’s students getting together weekly online for 30-minute lessons. While Pehrson is booked with over 40 students, she tries to be flexible with adding more.

“I’ve been doing it forever. I love my career,” she said. “I’m lucky. I’m 63 years old and will probably be teaching until I’m 70.”

We don’t know who’s teaching Shiffrin, if anyone at all, but she’s certainly getting the hang of it.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Shiffrin talks Goggles for Docs on ‘Today Show,’ will perform with KT Tunstall

Even though the World Cup ski season ended prematurely more than a month ago, Mikaela Shiffrin’s keeping pretty busy.

She started Thursday with an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.” Shiffrin sat down virtually — as is the custom these days — with Sheinelle Jones to discuss the Goggles for Doctors program.

With COVID-19 dominating American life, Shiffrin and other snowsport athletes have been repping the program and piling up goggles to keep doctors and healthcare workers protected.

“It’s a really good, amazing way to connect people who want to help with the hospitals and the health care system that needs the help,” Shiffrin said from her Edwards home.

While you can watch the whole interview here, Shiffrin also is continuing her musical endeavors during the offseason. In a fundraiser for Goggles for Docs, Shiffrin will be performing with KT Tunstall in a virtual apres concert on Friday at 5 p.m. on Facebook.com/REVERB.

The Shiffrin-Tunstall pairing is the first of a series of celebrities and musicians.

“Every week is a different professional musician — I’m not a professional musician, but a different professional musician is hosting it,” Shiffrin said. “This week it’s KT Tunstall, and  I am doing an opening performance. I think the actual concert is going to be great. My portion? We’ll see.”

Shiffrin is an amateur musician who also has been talking on social media about her favorite songs during this COVID-19 isolation period.

Tunstall​ is a Scottish singer-songwriter and musician who broke into the U.S. public eye with hits including “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See.” Her music has appeared in ​”The Devil Wears Prada,” ​”Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Winter’s Tale​.” Her latest album is titled “Wax.”

Mikaela Shiffrin releases her ‘Self-Isolation Playlist,’ featuring Taylor Swift, Eminem & more

Mikaela Shiffrin has been throwing in some pretty awesome auction items to help raise money for COVID-19 relief via Kindness Wins, helping raise $25,000.

She also released “Mikaela Shiffrin’s Self-Isolation Playlist,” featuring Taylor Swift (a lot), Harry Styles, U2, The Weeknd, Eminem, The Beach Boys and more.

Enjoy some time at home jamming to Shiffrin’s upbeat, fun and on point playlist:

  • “Satellite Mind” by Metric
  • “Scatman & Hatman” by Scatman John and Lou Bega
  • “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
  • “You Can Call me Al” by Paul Simon
  • “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I
  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  • “Solo” by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato
  • “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” by U2
  • “My Type” by Saint Motel
  • “Perfect World” by Broken Bells
  • “The Man” by Taylor Swift
  • “Only The Young” by Taylor Swift
  • “Getaway Car” by Taylor Swift
  • “Look At Her Now” by Selena Gomez
  • “Fun” by Selena Gomez
  • “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys
  • “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
  • “Believe” by Cher
  • “Dominic’s Interlude” by Halsey & Dominic Fike
  • “Audio” by LSD feat. Sia, Diplo and Labrinth
  • “Don’t Talk About It” by Sorcha Richardson
  • “About Love” by Marina
  • “Crashing” by Illenium
  • “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
  • “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
  • “Guts Over Fear” by Eminem feat. Sia
  • “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
  • “Oasis” by Kygo feat. Foxes
  • “Water” by Ra Ra Riot & Rostam
  • “Wherever I go” by OneRepublic
  • “Hometown” by Twenty One Pilots
  • “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” by Dua Lipa
  • “’93” by Youngr
  • “Nadir” by Tender
  • “Cool” by Jonas Brothers

For more uplifting stories, messages of kindness, musical performances and updates from Shiffrin, follow her on Instagram and Facebook. To support her Kindness Wins initiative, visit www.kindnesswins.org.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Mikaela Shiffrin shows some skills on her new electric guitar

Mikaela Shiffrin, quarantining at home in Edwards, has been taking to social media a lot lately to share inspiring messages, spread kindness and now show off her electric guitar skills — a gift to her from Uninterrupted.

We just have to ask, is there anything Shiffrin can’t do?

Shiffrin also on Friday announced some additional auction items to the #kindnessincrisis auction where all funds go to COVID-19 relief funds. Among the new items is a personalized selfie video from Shiffrin. Visit kindnesswins.org for more information.

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Mikaela Shiffrin auctions off items for COVID-19 relief

Wanna own Mikaela Shiffrin’s giant slalom race suit?

Now’s your chance. Mikaela Shiffrin is chipping in to fight the novel coronavirus. The three-time World Cup champion announced an auction of some of her race gear, as well as items from Nordic gold-medalist Jessie Diggins and tennis pro Madison Keys.

Proceeds from Shiffrin’s auction items will go to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund and the Food Bank of the Rockies.

The GS race suit is the one she wore while winning the World Cup in Lienz, Austria, back in December. Fourteen bids already have the price of that memento up to $1,250. The bidding for all items ends on April 8.

Shiffrin’s U.S. Ski Team jacket seems to be a popular item. The “used and loved” coat is going at $2,600 at last check.

Also up for bid are her ski pants, an autographed pair of Oakley goggles and two Adidas/Barilla beanies.

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund was established last week by Gov. Jared Polis and run through the United Way.

The Food Bank of the Rockies, found in 1978, serves both Colorado and Wyoming.

Ski like Mikaela Shiffrin on your phone … maybe

Everyone is jonesing.

Vail and Beaver Creek are closed. The World Cup finals in Cortina, Italy, were meant to be happening this week. It seems like they were canceled a long time ago due to COVID-19 —in fact, it was just two weeks.

So ski on your phone.

Introducing the World Cup Ski Racing app. Your sports editor who hasn’t skied since … um … like, 2001 has clicked in on his phone. You can name yourself — Chris Shiffrin — and your nationality: Your sports editor is now on the U.S. Ski Team.

One swipes on the screen to turn. In our first few attempts, trying the giant slalom tutorial, my wanna-be Mikaela Shiffrin does not ski well. Shiffrin crashes into the A-netting three straight times. Sorry, Mikaela.

Maybe it’s the fact that in the game, Shiffrin is on Head skis, not her usual Atomics. (Upgrading your skis is an in-app purchase, and right now, it’s more of a case of operator error than the skis.)

Upon further review, the app is probably very realistic, as were your sports editor’s attempts to ski GS in Cortina — one can ski different World Cup sites courses. He might make one gate (maybe … probably not) and then be on an express trip into the netting.

We meet with little success as we continue our GS training. We’re really not concerning ourselves with turning at the actual gates, a quaint concept, but just trying to get down the hill. A few times, Shiffrin suffers the indignity of crashing into the ski lift. (So sorry, Mikaela.) There is a slight moment of triumph when we reach the first interval before crashing.

Baby steps, people.

I imagine that Mikaela skied better while she was still in the womb than I have been able to in this video game.

In all seriousness, if this is possible, Shiffrin has never raced World Cup tech events in Cortina, only downhill and super-G, getting a win in the latter on January 20, 2019.

By the way, the app gives only a few World Cup sites at a time. One of the upcoming events is at Lake Louise, Alberta, but there is no sign yet of Birds of Prey. It would be interesting to see how much the video courses are actually like the real ones. (I’m just saying I’ve covered a ton of races at Beaver Creek. Skied it? Are you nuts?)

So while we’re aware that Shiffrin is pretty darn good at those tech events — 59 of her 66 World Cup wins have come in some form of GS or slalom —— maybe she wants to race a speed event.

So we take it over to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for super-G thinking that less turning might help the uncoordinated Freud get Shiffrin down the hill.

The change in scenery and discipline does not help my Mikaela. “She” had some impressive crashes. My favorites were the faceplant into the netting, an impressive carom off skier’s right netting all the way across the course — a basketball couldn’t bounce like that — and numerous slides down the slope.

Really, with all the sliding she does, Shiffrin is going to be competing in the luge in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Mercifully, Mikaela bounces up without a scratch. In all seriousness, I think I’ve torn her ACL around 1,200 times.

Because your sports editor is completely inept in hand-eye coordination — you should see him golf — Mikaela one time gets to the second interval staying upright for 51 seconds before meeting the all-too-constant result of the DNF.

We have established that Shiffrin is better at skiing than your sports editor — the cutting analysis you’ve come to expect from the Vail Daily — and doubtless better at video games, too.

Mikaela Shiffrin hosts social-media session

If this skiing thing doesn’t work out, Mikaela Shiffrin might have a future in late-night television.

The three-time World Cup champion hosted a fireside chat on Instagram on Thursday, taking questions from viewers and checking in with teammates on the  U.S. Ski Team, including Steve Nyman, Bryce Bennett and Jessie Diggins.

And, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would have been proud, as Shiffrin was actually sitting in front of a fire during the session.

“My back is melting,” she joked.

Q-and-A

Given that this was meant to be the week of World Cup finals in Cortina, Italy, the event canceled two weeks ago because of the novel coronavirus, it was a well-timed social-media event for American ski-racing fans.

“Everybody is stressed and, no doubt, frustrated and worried about the COVID-19 situation,” Shiffrin said during the opening. “I think it’s important to keep the faith this is going to get better. There’s a lot of doomsday talk out there, but there are so many out there risking their lives to take care of the sick.”

Shiffrin went on to praise all the medical community and others dealing with the crisis.

Like most of America, Shiffrin is spending time at home. Having returned from Europe, she and her family are self-quarantining. With regard to her travel abroad, Shiffrin said she feels fine.

Of course, Mikaela, Eileen and Taylor are still grieving the loss of the family’s patriarch, Jeff, on Feb. 2.

“Again, it’s trying to find perspective,” Mikaela said when asked about how she is dealing with the loss. “People out there have it worse than you. … This is awkward. With losing my dad this February, one the first things I thought about was you can you survive as a family being left behind? I know that sounds like it’s selfish. How is this even survivable?”

Ironically, as Shiffrin understandably struggled to articulate her thoughts on this delicate subject, the feed cut out.

“Inopportune timing there.  I’m OK,” she said when the stream returned. “Whatever you’re doing, find something to be thankful for. It’s very important these days.”

In response to a question about the World Cup season being curtailed due to weather and COVID-19, Shiffrin described it as “a strange end to a strange year.” She said that she felt she “got over a hurdle” by going to Are, Sweden, for those scheduled races and yet at the same time was happy they were canceled.

“I felt grateful to come back home. The entire time, I wanted to be back home,” she said.

Shiffrin showed her diplomatic side when asked about her favorite World Cup venue. While, of course, she loves every venue, she seemed split between two sites.

“I love racing in Flachau,” Shiffrin said. “The crowd is so big and amazing. Austria has such a passion and history for ski racing. For the same reason, I love Killington. It’s home, and we also get the biggest crowds.”

Nell steals the show

By and large, Shiffrin was her down-to-earth self with her “guests.”

Nyman, from Utah, was the first to join Shiffrin as guest, but his daughter, Nell, 2, unquestionably won the Adorable Prize, were it to exist. The two showed off her snow cave into which Nyman can fit, meaning it’s a big snow cave.

Another important disclosure, under the category of “things toddlers do” was that Nell ate half of a stick of butter recently, while dad wasn’t watching.

“Maybe try putting it on something next time,” Shiffrin joked.

When sharing the screen with Bennett, the two discussed how fans ask them about skiing powder and that they are more into the corduroy because, well, that’s closer to what they ski on the World Cup.

A lot like most Americans these days, Bennett and Shiffrin discussed their favorite television shows and what they are streaming. Shiffrin remains a devoted fan of “Schitt’s Creek.”

Shiffrin and Diggins appeared to get along famously. They started by talking about how the World Cup cross-country event scheduled this month for Minneapolis was canceled because of the virus — Diggins is from Afton, Minnesota.  

Diggins just had a book, “Brave Enough,” published last week and was scheduled to do a promotional tour. While that’s a no-go, Shiffrin heartily endorsed her friend’s new work.