Adventures of an Alpine Ski Racer

(Note, this is a picture of the amazing Mikaela Shiffrin, not me)

Hey there! My name is Isabelle and I'm very new to this coding business, but no matter; we'll see how it goes! While you're here, check out my roommate Megan's page, my friend Sayer's page, and my professor's page! If you're looking for something really cool, click this link for some frogs.

Now, before we leap into the world of snow and ice, here's a little bit about me:

After growing up in Great Falls, Virginia, I moved to a little ski resort in the Shenandoah Valley called Bryce. I spent a lot of my childhood traveling (one of my favorite things to do), and because my dad is from London I'm actually a citizen of the U.K.! I also cycled through a few classic extracurriculars like music (piano, specifically), sports (soccer, specifically) and school spirit (too many musicals and hours spent on Homecoming floats to count). School has always been a big part of my life, and somehow I was lucky enough to be accepted into the University of Virginia a few years ago. Since then life has been moving pretty quickly, with a study abroad program in Spain after first year, an internship in Manhattan after second year, and what has so far been the busiest semester of my life to kick off third year. Anyway, that's enough about the personal stuff. We're here for ~skiing~.

Alpine ski racing comes in a variety of forms and speeds. In terms of competition, there are 5 different styles to choose from:
  1. Slalom
  2. Giant Slalom (GS)
  3. Super Giant Slalom (Super G)
  4. Combined
  5. Downhill

Before getting into any nitty gritty details, lets break these terms down a bit.


Slalom is, in my opinion, the most technical of the 5 styles of racing. It involves maneuvering around single-pole gates placed about 7-9 meters apart