As a skier Chuck is unusually strong for his 5 feet 11 inches and 160 pounds. He has amazing leg muscles and incredibly quick reactions. "Like a snake," Schaeffler says. He has also learned a great deal about slalom racing, and he continues to learn every year. "This season, for example," says Chuck, "I have been turning more on my uphill ski." He grins. "Against all the basic lessons of good skiing. But I find that I can come out of a gate six inches or a foot higher than before, and you have to use everything you can. I've learned to handle the ice—in fact, I can't even race on soft snow anymore—and this is important, particularly in Europe.
"I want to win this year, of course. There is still the collegiate meet, the Harriman Cup at Sun Valley and the nationals in Alaska. I worked for Francois up there the last couple of summers as assistant area manager, and I really want to win in Alaska. But the important thing is Europe next year. All the big races and then Innsbruck.
"I know how to win now, and I know that I can win. The important thing is to go over there and win. We surprised them a bit last year. We might really surprise someone in '64."