Scot Schmidt, one of the first and foremost US extreme skier out of Montana was born in Helena on July 21, 1961. All my hardcore ski friends knew who was Scot Schmidt. Scot style was easy to recognized in his classic North Face one piece suit. Hard to believe that Scott is already turning 50.
He moved to Squaw Valley at 19 to pursue his dream of becoming a ski racer. His spotlight came in 1983 when he was asked to showed his stuff to Warren Miller. He brought them to then unknown Palisades and the rest is history. Scot’s debut was in Warren Miller’s Ski Time and he fast became one of the most recognized ski film athlete of the time. His involved in Greg Stump’s iconic Blizzard of AAhhs just cemented that status. Schmidt over the years appeared in over 40 ski films over his career.
Quote from Greg Stump in the Blizzard of AAhhs
Scot Schmidt is one of the world’s best extreme skiers. So you have to trust him. He said he was going in, we said we would shoot
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Footage property of Warren Miller. Music is property of 7 Year Bitch and C/Z records.
From his bio on the Stockli website:
“The man who started a movement. Arguably one of the most recognized and filmed skiers in the world, Scot Schmidt pioneered a style and a remarkable ability that inspired generations, not only of skiers, but all “”extreme”” athletes and helped shape, revitalize, and evolve the ski industry as a whole. Combining his unique racing technique with freeskiing, Scot created a reputation for leaving tracks in high places.
Why is this guy not in the US Ski Hall of Fame? He was the first real ski movie star who became a star, because of the ski movies.
EDIT: Powder.com posted on July 27 a great interview with the man himself for the same occasion. It’s a great read, check in out. The Original Freeskier, Scot Schmidt, at 50.