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Scott Schmidt - The Original Freeskier

Scott Schmidt - The Original Freeskier

Update: 2022-03-15


Scot Schmidt - The Original Freeskier

Episode #36

Brought to you by Ikon Pass 

My guest today is the legendary Scot Schmidt:

  • Scot was the very 1st professional freeskier in North America

  • He created the genre and he did it with style

  • Scot's intro into the ski industry was him dropping a 100' cliff at Squaw Valley Palisades Tahoe, California in the 1983 Warren Miller Ski Movie and as he drops the monstrous cliff Warren says:  "Scot Schmidt, his parents raised him wrong."

  • Scot has been in at least 46 ski movies

  • His style is smooth and tight and cameramen ate it up upon first sight

  • Scot was discovered by a Warren Miller filmmaker who was visiting Squaw Valley in 1983 - all the filmmaker had to do was say:  "I wanna film whoever it is making those tracks"

  • It was Scot who was making "Those tracks" the tracks that stood out and took him to the highest heights of ski stardom

  • Scot traveled the world making ski movies for 25-years before settling down in Big Sky, Montana so he could ski more (there's a lotta standing around in ski movie making)

  • Scot was even a stunt double for Dexter Rutecki in the legendary Hollywood ski movie:  "Aspen Extreme"

  • Scot has been sponsored by the North Face for 30-years and while there he designed a line of ski mountaineering clothing called Steep Tech that is worth 3 times more than what it sold for back in the 80s and 90s.

  • Scot has seen it all in this industry and he helped reinvent it.

  • His stories of skiing all over the world are truly an inspiration

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Scott Schmidt - The Original Freeskier

Scott Schmidt - The Original Freeskier