Scot Schmidt Has Still Got It

Freeski Pioneer Slays at 52

Salomon Freeski TV’s newest episode follows the Father of Freeskiing, the legendary Scot Schmidt. First bursting onto the ski-lebrity scene following the1987 release of Greg Stump’s “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s,” Schmidt became one of the first skiers to gain recognition and admiration without every competing in the World Cup Racing Tour. Very simply, Schmidt invented a genre and gave life to a future in the skiing world that was otherwise nonexistent. Every skier today is forever indebted to what Scot Schmidt unknowingly did by going out and getting radical. And as it turns out, he still can.

Best Quotes From The Episode:

“You’ve got to be really good at processing fear and anxiety and understanding where that fine line is with your ability and courage…it’s a real game.”

“There’s always a risk in meeting one of your heros. People tend to build people up into what they want them to be…Scot Schmidt is still a skiers skier. He lives in a cabin on the side of a mountain and pretty mush skis every day, all winter long.”

“I’ve been a man without a mountain for a long time. Now, I’m slopeside, living in a cabin, and skiing every day– getting my passion back.”

SNEAK PEEK AT SALOMON’S 2015 LINE 

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