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American ski hero Travis Ganong enrolls at Sierra Nevada College

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Squaw Valley skier Travis Ganong recently bought a house in Lake Forest near Tahoe City. He recently enrolled at Sierra Nevada College.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Rising skiing star and Lake Tahoe local Travis Ganong recently announced his enrollment in Sierra Nevada College's Ski Business & Resort Management program.

This month, Ganong claimed the first men's alpine world championship downhill silver medal for Team USA since his mentor, Daron Rahlves, did it in 2005.

"Daron has taught me how to analyze a course in advance and train for what I see as the challenges there, but also how to not overthink it, and turn my mind off at race time and go," Ganong said.

Ganong is in the middle of his breakout season: after delivering the best American downhill performance to claim the fifth place finish at the Sochi Olympics one year ago, he turned around and took third place at the World Cup Super G event in Kvitfjell, Norway, only a week later.

In December, he won the Santa Caterina World Cup downhill event in Italy, making this his best World Cup season yet.

He's poised to become the "new face of the American men's downhill effort," according to the New York Times' Bill Pennington.

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Resort management veteran Tim Cohee leads SNC Tahoe's ski business program. To complete it, students find a mountain and create a plan to build their own resort, something Cohee is able to mentor and advise by drawing on his own personal experience — in 2012, Cohee opened his own rebuilt and redesigned China Peak Resort, southwest of Mammoth, Calif.

"Combining the training, skills, and networking our program offers with his own experience and connections in the winter sports community could make Travis as big a powerhouse behind the scenes someday as he is in the front of house today," Cohee said. "He has made an excellent decision to plan for his future at SNC Tahoe."

This article was provided to the Bonanza by Sierra Nevada College, the main campus of which is located in Incline Village. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.