If you're really looking for something new in the world of extreme sports, consider giving naked skiing a try. That's right, naked skiing is just what it sounds like: skiing in the nude. While the freezing slopes of a ski mountain might seem like an unlikely place to strip down to your birthday suit that is precisely the point. Anyone can take off clothes and climb on a surfboard in the summer sun, but it takes a particular type of thrill seeker to take off their clothes and speed down a ski mountain in the crisp winter air.
Five female and six male ski racers have joined together to pose in a nude calendar they hope will help them overcome high costs — and scarce funding — on the professional ski tour. Even though they are funded, two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety and Olympic super-G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht have helped out. Wiles and McKennis are a long way from enjoying the success of four-time overall World Cup winner Lindsey Vonn and Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin — who have won 99 World Cup races between them. The year-old McKennis won a downhill in the Austrian resort of St. Anton in January — her only podium — and Wiles has one top finish. She has received positive feedback from mothers with concerns over anorexia, fearful that their daughters feel pressured to follow very slim role models.