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Angeli Vanlaanen emerged from the Northwest into the halfpipe skiing world in 2007 with her first X Games invite and third-place finish at the US Open and then a second in the New Zealand Open. Despite being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009, she kept the solid results coming with a series of podiums in the halfpipe at The North Face Open series in 2012 and 2013. Then she took sixth in the FIS World Championships and took 9th in the 2013 AFP halfpipe rankings. Her second place at the first U.S. Olympic qualifier in Breckenridge has all but sealed her fate going into Sochi.

Angeli started skiing at age eight with her family at Mount Baker, Wash. on the weekends. She followed her brother, Cachaulo, everywhere once she could keep up. Her grandparents skied, her mom is a mountaineer, and her Aunt was a big skier back in the hot dog days. Her mom, Allain, grew up skiing in Wisconsin and moved to Washington to ski the Cascades. After the kids grew up, Allain started touring, going on backcountry hut trips and alpine climbing. That love of the mountians continued with Angeli, who spends as much time as possible in the backcountry. Angeli also invests her time in LymeLight, her campaign to spread awareness about Lyme disease, including raising money to make a film.




  • 2013 U.S. Olympic qualifier at Dew Tour Breckenridge, 2nd
  • 2013, 9th AFP halfpipe rankings
  • 2013 FIS World Championships, 6th (halfpipe)