Five-year-old Kaitlin Janes takes gold at NASTAR Nationals |

Five-year-old Kaitlin Janes takes gold at NASTAR Nationals

Kaitlin Janes won a gold medal at the NASTAR National Championships at Squaw Valley, California last month. The five-year-old learned to ski at Winter Park Resort.
Sawyer D’Argonne / Sky-Hi News

In a lot of ways Kaitlin Janes is a normal five-year-old girl. She goes to kindergarten, plays with her dogs and does her best to help out her parents around the house.

But unlike Janes, most little girls aren’t national ski champions.

Last month Janes, affectionately known as “Baby Goose” to her parents, took home gold at the 2018 NASTAR National Championships at Squaw Valley, California in the Gold Division, a promising start for a talented young skier.

Janes is a native of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, where she helps her parents run the Donnybrook Kennel and Inn, a dog training and boarding center. Every winter the whole family comes out to Winter Park Resort for six weeks to ski. And despite the removal of the NASTAR course at the resort, they still consider it their home mountain.

“This is where she learned to ski, and where she learned to race,” said Doug Janes, Kaitlin’s father. “She started in NASTAR here at Winter Park, and just absolutely excelled from the start.”

Janes first strapped on skis when she was just one-year-old on a flat driveway, but quickly picked it up, and was making turns on the mountain by two. She’s been competing in NASTAR for the last couple years, and typically logs more than 75 days on the hill a year. She says her favorite run is Dilly Dally Alley, an intermediate trail at the Winter Park Territory.

But Janes’ life is about much more than skiing. She enjoys playing with her dogs; Cooper and Haley, helping her parents train Labradors, swimming, and playing with her friends. She said she also enjoys school, her favorite subject is math and that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

“I want to be a doctor,” said Janes. “I kind of like to help people. Sometimes people get splinters and their mom or dad can’t get it out. That means I have to go get my tweezers and get it out.”

Janes and her family will return to Wisconsin next weekend, and Janes said she’s excited to get back to school and show off her medal.

“I’m going back to school the first day, and I’m going to bring my medal so that I can show my friends,” said Janes. “I think they’ll be really proud.”


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