HELENA — Helena’s Ryan Beatty, competing for the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s alpine race team, recently took part in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Western Region Junior Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho. This was the 15-year-old Beatty’s third successive appearance at regionals.
One of only seven racers from Montana representing the Northern Division in the meet, and going up against the 85 fastest boys from 11 western states in his age group, Beatty placed 17th in the super G, and 21st in the giant slalom. He crashed in the slalom.
“Ryan trains with our Great Divide Ski Team on Wednesday nights,” related GDST assistant coach Carol (Clouser) Vosbeck. “He is one of the top ski racing athletes in Helena and in the Northern Division, which includes Montana and South Dakota, as well as in the West.”
Beatty learned how to ski at about 4 years of age, at Showdown and Moonlight Basin, and first started racing at about age 11 at Big Sky Resort.
“My dad, Brendan Beatty, and local ski schools taught me how to ski,” Ryan said.
Brendan said that GDST’s “top notch coaches have contributed greatly” to his success, even though his “home” team is at Big Sky.
“(Great Divide) coaches Curt Krueger, Mike Walsh, Tal Williams and Carol Vosbeck have made an enormous difference to Ryan, and are a big reason he has had success,” Brendan recounted.
A sophomore at Helena High, the multitalented Beatty also played safety for the JV football team, and runs sprints with the Bengal track team. The 5-foot-6, 152-pound athlete has studied the martial arts as well. He earned his third degree black belt in tae kwan do at Frederick’s ATA, and is currently training at the Helena Brazillian jiujitsu gym.
His favorite Olympic skier is Marcel Herscher of Austria.
“He’s very technically sound and is very committed to his work … he spends a lot of time perfecting his skills,” he said of Herscher, who owns two Olympic gold medals, and seven World Cup golds.
Beatty said his career highlight to date, took place last year, when he was selected for the 2018 Junior Olympics in Alyeska, Alaska.
“Ryan Beatty has a fearless attitude and has that extra internal competitive drive and spirit,” coach Vosbeck related. “It’s something that we cannot teach, I always call it the "eye of the tiger." He is strong mentally and physically, and is extremely determined.
“Ryan always puts forth 100-percent effort in training and races. He is an amazing athlete and person.”