Nobody carves a turn like Ted Ligety. In giant slalom, he's practically at another level than his competion. Park City's golden boy is in the final days of preparation before the 2014-2015 World Cup season gets underway in Soelden, Austria. The women get the ski racing party started on Saturday, October 25th, while carving up the Tirol glacier with the giant slalom discipline. Ligety and the boys will do the same one day later on Sunday.

Ted Ligety's season is almost here

Ligety paired his 2006 Olympic combined gold from Torino with another, the giant slalom gold medal in Sochi.

Between the two Olympic golds, Ligety has been pretty much an unstoppable force in the giant slalom discipline of alpine skiing.

He comes into the season as the five-time giant slalom World Cup globe winner, the honor bestowed upon the best giant slalom skier of the year.

No snow in Park City

We found Ligety leaf-peeping this September in his hometown of Park City between training camps on New Zealand's South Island and in South America.



Skiing the Southern Hemisphere

While dry land training has its purpose, there's nothing like practicing what you'll be competing in.

In mid-September, the U.S. Ski Team headed to Corralco, Chile.

Ligety said this place is "rad" and reminded him of a mini Mount Bachelor, the Central Oregon ski area atop a cinder cone mountain.

On the next slide, feel the speed Ligety takes through the gates. It's crazy.

Bumpy downhill

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Skiing the Swiss Alps

After New Zealand and Chile, Ligety went to the Swiss Alps in search of snow. Here he's arcing a turn in Saas-Fee.

The difference a year makes

Ligety shot this two photos from the glacier at Soelden, Austria.

The top photo is from Ligety's time on the Soelden glacier from October, 2013. Ligety took the bottom photo on October 13th of this year.

As an ambassador for Pro Snow, Ligety has teamed up with legendary snow movie maker Warren Miller and Al Gore's Climate Reality Project to do their part and save winter.

Looking at these two photos from the Tyrolean Alps of Austria, it looks like we've all got our work cut out to save skiing.

Self talk, Ted Ligety style

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Olympic gold, it takes a whole fleet of skis

Different disciplines take different types of skis.

Even then, Ligety's got many pairs of each type of ski with different flex profiles, shapes, and stone-ground patterns on the bases.

You got to think, there's many different kinds of snowflakes. Ligety needs a pair of skis that work in all types of snow.

At the end of the day, that takes plenty pulls of the file, and push of the scraper.

Smoother and more serpentine than his competitors

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Final training runs in Soelden, Austria

All the best alpine racers will bring their best games to Colorado for the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.

The world championship racing action gets underway on February 2nd at Vail and Beaver Creek.