Skiers' Summer Vacation
Skiers' Summer Vacation
For most pro skiers, summertime doesn't mean time off skis. Whether they're clicking in for water ramps, training on Whistler's glacier or flying to the Southern Hemisphere, most ski year-round. We checked in with 10 pros to see what they are up to while everyone else is playing beach volleyball, Instagramming watermelon images and enjoying the dog days of summer.
This will be Michelle Parker's sixth summer in Argentina, coaching with SASS Global Travel from July to September. "I spend most of my time with the camp, but in the past, every year I have taken a trip to Chile or Las Leas to have fun in the mountains," Parker says.
Bobby Brown says he'll be skiing in July in Whistler with the U.S. Freeskiing Team at Camp of Champions. Then he'll head to Mt. Hood to film an X Games Pro Series edit and to New Zealand for the first World Cup of the season. "I haven't had a lot of time to ski this year because of my previous ankle injuries this season so this summer is super important for me to get the consistency back on some of the more difficult tricks," Brown says.
Aiden Sheehan will be skiing at Oregon's Mt. Hood until the end of July. "I'll be trying some new tricks that I have been thinking about while sitting in biology classes this summer," he says. Then at the end of August, he's headed to Portillo, Chile, to make a video edit and hopefully ski some summertime powder.
Tom Wallisch's new solo film part debuts online in August. He'll be spending most of July and August in Whistler and Mt. Hood shredding the summer camps and hanging out with kids. "I'll probably try to make it to New Zealand for training and competitions, and if so, I will try and compete in the World Cup down there," he says.
Canadian halfpipe skier Mike Riddle has been in Whistler coaching on the glacier at Momentum ski camps in July. And he just booked his trip down to New Zealand in August. "I will be down there working on some new tricks for the Olympics next year," he says.
Australian Anna Segal started her summer at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. "Then I'm going to be based in Thredbo, which is my home resort in Australia, until September when I'll head to New Zealand," Segal says. "Then I'll start focusing on learning all the new tricks I've been planning over in my mind for the last four months."
In September, former Freeride World Tour champ Angel Collinson is planning to climb and ski some volcanoes in Chile and Argentina with her brother and their friend Willie Benegas. "Before that, my goals are to be hitting the water ramps at Olympic Park in Park City to work on tricks, as well as Snogression in Salt Lake City, using trampolines and jumps into foam pits, all done on skis," says Collinson.
Fresh off an injury from this winter, Ingrid Backstrom says her plan is to get her leg strong, then go down to La Parva to ski for a few days before her women's camp with PowderQuest and Leah Evans starts the first week of August. After that she will head to Portillo and meet up with Chris Davenport for their Superstars camp.
Canadian big-mountain skier Eric Hjorleifson will be headed to Salt Lake City in July to build some new prototypes for a new 4FRNT touring ski. "I'm very excited," he says. "I will be testing them around Whistler this summer but that is the extent of my skiing plans this summer for now."
Canadian freeskier Leah Evans will be heading to Chile. "I want to study some Spanish and check out the Freeride World Tour Qualifier at La Parva before I start coaching a women's camp with Ingrid Backstrom, which I am super stoked about," says Evans. "After that, I will go wherever the wind takes me in the Andes."