2007 U.S. Freestyle Ski Mogul Champion Holt Haga (Boise, ID) recently announced he will retire from the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. The announcement follows a five year commitment to the team where Haga, despite a slew of injuries, developed a successful career.
“The biggest things that I’ve taken away from the Team are tools for life, like stress management tools and managing and setting goals, but more just the experience,” said Haga. “I would never change being a part of the U.S. Ski Team and traveling with my friends while sharing experiences that not a lot of people get to share.”
Haga first began mogul competition during his early teens with Idaho’s Bogus Basin program. After fully committing to competition life, Haga made the decision to move to Park City in his 20′s for the nearby training environment at Utah Olympic Park. Wasting no time, Haga quickly racked up a national title at the age of 23.
“The best memory, personally is for me within the realm of skiing, was when I won the U.S. Championships. I had just made the U.S. Ski Team before that happened, so that month when I qualified for the Team and went out and won the U.S. Championships was definitely the coolest experience,” said Haga. “All my friends were on the Team already and had made it. I was the one who hadn’t quite broken through. I felt like I had finally accomplished that next step and that experience in itself was just really cool.”
Haga’s career included several World Cup and NorAm Cup circuits events, as well as FIS races. His best World Cup results came in 2008 when he racked up two 7th place finishes at stops in Lake Placid, NY and Mont Gabriel, Quebec.
Life after competitive skiing has already began to take shape for Haga, as he is currently enrolled at Utah’s Westminster College, where he hopes to graduate within the year. A double major in Economics and Finance, Haga hopes to start a new chapter in a city where he can move through the ranks of the corporate life.
Taking a page from the famous line of Mastercard commercials, Haga said of his U.S. Ski Team experience, “It’s really like the little credit card commercials, it’s priceless.”