Tess Johnson: Our Resident Olympian

Local World Cup Moguls’ competitor Tess Johnson signs on as the official “Resident Olympian” at the Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards, Colorado

EDWARDS, Colo., April 1, 2019The Inn at Riverwalk  and local Olympian and World Club Moguls medalist Tess Johnson are pleased to announce that Tess has been named the Resident Olympian for the local Edwards hotel.

Tess grew up in the Vail Valley and first seriously began skiing moguls when her mother, Carol, signed her up for the Bumps and Jumps class at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in 2009.  Carol noted “I thought it would be a lot of jumping in the park and that is what she loved to do at the time.  When I picked her up she told me she skied moguls all day and I said ‘Oh no, I’m sorry, did I sign you up for the wrong class?’ And she said ‘NO, I loved it mom, keep me in this program please.’  It’s been an honor and a privilege to be on this journey with her.”

At age 14, Tess was the youngest competitor ever to be named to the United States Freestyle team.  Now age 18, Tess recently completed her fourth season on the World Cup freestyle tour and was a participant in the 2018 Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, Korea.  Tess’s many skiing accomplishments include:

  • 5th Place World Cup Overall, (2018-2019)
  • 3rd Place – World Championships Dual Moguls, Deer Valley, Utah (February 2019)
  • 1st Place – World Cup Duals Moguls, Tazawako, Japan (March 2018)
  • 1st Place – US National Championships Dual Moguls, Waterville, New Hampshire (March 2018)
  • 12th Place – Winter Olympic Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea (February 2018)
  • 3rd Place – US National Championships Dual Moguls, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, (March 2017)
  • 2nd place – Junior World Championships, Are, Sweden (April 2016)

In her spare time, Tess finished high school, graduating in 2018 from Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA).  While at VSSA, she competed for and was captain of the girls’ soccer team at Vail Mountain School, which won two Colorado state championships. 

“More important than all of that is that Tess is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet” said the Inn’s General Manager Matt Tabor.  “When we first met with Tess, we are so impressed with how thoughtful, gracious and grateful she is.  We were immediately sold that she would be a great representative for the Inn as our Resident Olympian.”

In her role as Resident Olympian, Tess will be involved in a number of promotional efforts, including appearances (such as on-site Q&A sessions, or “hike with Tess” events).  She will also be a regular blog contributor.  The Inn also will be keeping their guests informed as to Tess’ latest activities and accomplishments.

Tess noted:  “I am so impressed by the Inn and their staff.  The entire property was recently renovated and it’s so nice!  I really like that they provide ‘loaner’ bikes and snowshoes for their guests and provide ski transportation to Beaver Creek.  It’s the perfect place for your relatives and friends when they’re in town.”

About The Inn at Riverwalk

The Inn at Riverwalk is located in the Riverwalk of Edwards, Colorado. With 60 guest rooms, 5 suites, and a premier location, guests can enjoy the full amenities of the Vail Valley, including nearby outdoor recreation, movie theaters, dining, shopping, and more. For more information, please visit www.innatriverwalk.com or see us on Facebook or Instagram.

About Tess Johnson

Vail Valley local Tess Johnson is the 5th ranked women’s moguls skier in the world.  Go to her website:  www.tessmogulskiing.com and follow her on Facebook or Instagram.  

Media Contacts:

Matt Tabor, General Manager
Inn at Riverwalk
27 Main Street
Edwards, CO 81632