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The Original Freeskier, Scot Schmidt, at 50

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The Original Freeskier, Scot Schmidt, at 50

 

Scot Schmidt doesn’t need an introduction. Perhaps, though, an update: In winter, the original freeskier serves as an ambassador for the Yellowstone Club. He is sponsored by the Swiss ski company Stockli and The North Face, and is featured in Greg Stump’s upcoming film, Legend of Aahhhs. Otherwise, he lives with his family—he has kids ages 11, 18 and 20—in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he surfs and wave sails. Here, in a conversation with Powder.com on his 50th birthday, July 21, Schmidt reflects on his 27-year professional ski career.

 

Article Posted on July 27, 2011

 

And a wee bit of Schmidt stoke...

 

 

 

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Now that, my friends, is stoke!

 

So who knew...?  Scott was the original slarver - he just did it in the air instead of the snow, usually while jumping into a bad-ass clouloir, face set in steely concentration ......

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207 cm KVC Comps must have been the best powder skis ever made!

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I was always impressed by how strong he was.  Not everybody can sucessfully ski the last 6" of their tails and live to tell about it!

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207 cm KVC Comps must have been the best powder skis ever made!



Damn, no kidding.  I had a pair of 204s back in the day, probably BECAUSE Scott Schmidt skied them.  I also wanted one of those black and yellow North Face (was it steep tech?) jackets.

 

Those KVCs were good skis.

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Wait is he dead?

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Turning 50 doesn't mean you're dead. At least for most of us. Dread for some maybe.
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Age is just a number, and old is just a state of mind - up to a point. If a terminal disease or bus or mountain doesn't get you then the proverbial "three score and ten" is more like "four score and seven" in the year 2011. 

 

Even though we will all eventually slow down, and no one leaves here alive, those years past 50 can be a lot like the years before 50, or even 30. Mostly it comes down to attitude, diet and staying active. 

 

Cant this wait till I'm old? Can I live while I'm young?

 

 

Play on. Cheers.


Edited by jc-ski - 10/21/11 at 10:18am
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Age is just a number, and old is just a state of mind - up to a point. If a terminal disease or bus or mountain doesn't get you then the proverbial "three score and ten" is more like "four score and seven" in the year 2011. 

 

Even though we will all eventually slow down, and no one leaves here alive, those years past 50 can be a lot like the years before 50, or even 30. Mostly it comes down to attitude, diet and staying active.

 

Cant this wait till I'm old? Can I live while I'm young?

 

 

Play on. Cheers.


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207 cm KVC Comps must have been the best powder skis ever made!


Before that he used to ski on K2 Comp-910 downhill race skis (not sure if they were the 223 cm versions or slightly shorter).  The man has solid skills.  I get a good laugh out of all the people who seem to think that you can't ski powder on anything narrower that a 110mm rockered ski.  Some of my best powder days have been on old-school race skis.

 

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Now I'm slopeside, living in the cabin, and skiing every day.

 

 

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So he's 53 now and still alive enjoying the sport.  That actually carries some weight with me:D

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53?  Young guy.  I've got four years on him (though fewer skills :rolleyes).

 

Here's an article from the Times that maybe everybody ought to read:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/magazine/what-if-age-is-nothing-but-a-mind-set.html?src=me

 

It's kind of long, but maybe worth the effort.

 

 

Edit to add -- This guy's no jerk, either.

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