An Interview with a New Comer: Tim Russell

The Canandaigua, NY native is making his winter home in Summit County. SkiNet caught up with him to get the scoop on the upcoming season. Here’s what he had to say.


Skiing: What was the highlight of last season for you?
Tim Russell: Making it into the X Games. I was just coming off an injury so I didn’t really ski well – I broke a couple of ribs hitting urban rails before the comp.

Skiing: What are your goals for the upcoming year?
TR: I’d like to qualify at the second stop of the DEW Tour. I’ like to do well in the US Open, the North American Open. Pretty much any Slopestyle contest, I want to do well in.

Skiing: What do you think about the DEW Tour’s entry into winter sports?
TR: I think it’s really good for our sport and something that we needed for a long time. It’s going to give outside viewers a better perspective on what we do.

Skiing: What do you think about the format?
TR: It’s hard because it’s so early in the season for a Slopestyle event and to have to qualify in one day for all three events doesn’t really make sense to me. But I guess everyone is in the same boat.

Skiing: Of the new crop of skiers, who are the ones to watch this year?
TR: Matt Walker, Henrick Harlow, Tom Walish

Skiing: What about women skiers?
TR: Michelle Parker is really good. So is Sarah Burke.

Skiing: Besides comps, what are your big plans for this winter?
TR: I will be shooting and filming in Utah, Oregon, Squaw and I’ll be doing backcountry, park and urban shoots.

Skiing: What is your biggest accomplishment?
TR: Probably establishing myself in the ski industry and skiing for a living. It’s always been my dream. Its very rewarding to work so hard at something you love to do then having the outcome be getting paid for it. It’s cool.

Skiing: Is there anything you are really into at the moment?
TR: Hanging out with friends and skiing every day. Playing “bags.” (Some type of beanbag game)

Skiing: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
TR: Chicken Wings.

Skiing: Tell us something people don’t know about you, but should.
TR: I am really hard working when it comes to skiing. I like to cook a lot.

SN: Anyone you’d like to thank?
TR: Scott USA, Volkl, Tecnica/Marker, Skull Candy, Bern Helmets, Level Gloves, Spyder, Ogio.