SnowBrains Podcast #36 | Scot Schmidt – The Original Freeskier

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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 visiting Squaw Valley in 1983 – all the filmmaker had to do was say: “I wanna film whoever it is making those tracks.”
  • Scot 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 lot of standing around in ski movie making.)
  • Scot was even a stunt double for Dexter Rutecki in the legendary Hollywood ski movie: “Aspen Extreme.”
  • The North Face has sponsored Scot for 30-years, and while there, he designed a line of ski mountaineering clothing called Steep Tech that is worth three 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.

Please enjoy!

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The SnowBrains Podcast Episode #36 – Scott Schmidt – The Original Freeskier

Recorded on February 17, 2022, in the Park City, UT (Miles Clark) and Big Sky, MT (Scot Schmidt).

This episode was edited by Jared White

Music by Chad Crouch

Host, producer, and creator = Miles Clark

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2 thoughts on “SnowBrains Podcast #36 | Scot Schmidt – The Original Freeskier

  1. I remember this guy. Hitting the Palisades HUGE way before anyone else and the “Ice Goddess” definitely one of the first. Great to see this old timer again, cheers to the Original Freeskier. What was that movie he starred in, Daydreams?

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