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Happy Landings with Cody Townsend and Todd Ligare

Big-mountain skiers Todd Ligare and Cody Townsend are in town for the Boulder premiere of the new TGR film, Re:Session. They stopped by Skiing’s office to talk about poster signing, college girls, and surfing.

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After touring to Park City, Jackson Hole, Truckee, and Denver for premieres, Cody left surfing and Todd ditched out on recording with his band to make it to the Boulder premiere of Re:Session. After informing them that I might have swine flu, they still let me ask them a few questions about making athlete appearances at movie premieres.

I have been sitting in an office doing a lot of writing about skiing this fall, but no skiing. Have you guys skied yet?

Cody: No, I have actually been surfing a lot and I am headed to Hawaii for a month.

Todd: Now that kids are back in school the water ramps in Park City are less crowded. Water ramping is the only time that I have been in my gear recently.

When you say “surfing a lot” how does that translate into number of days per year?

Cody: About 100; 100 days of surfing and 200 days of skiing a year. When I left Santa Cruz the surf was big and choppy. The few days before I left, it wasn’t good. Things cleaned up after I left. I just talked to my girlfriend and she is probably paddling out right now.

Has this premiere gig interrupted your day-to-day life too, Todd?

Todd: I have been recording with my band, but other than that I wanted to come out this way. Drove out from Salt Lake to spend some time in Denver. I went to college and raced for the University of Denver, so it’s a good excuse for me to spend some time back in this area.

So, what makes you want to show up at these premieres?

Todd: At the Park City premiere I gave away a pair of skis to this guy. I ended up talking with him for awhile. He was so stoked. Kept telling me how much money it saved him and how excited he was to ski. I definitely like doing the gear giveaways. Also, the show kind of goes hand-in-hand with a party.

Cody: The poster signings are a challenge. It’s hard to make them personal. I have this archive of things I like to write, but it’s hard not to be cheesy. My favorite is what Scot Schmidt once signed for me… “Happy Landings.”

Do fans ever ask you guys to write something specific? Like “Can you sign this for my 90-year-old grandmother who can’t be here?”

Todd: Yeah. Last night we had some college girls from Denver ask us to write something pervy.

Speaking of females, you were both there when Rachael Burks threw the front flip that made a clip in the film, right?

Todd: I was watching from an opposing ridge. That day it wasn’t soft and the landing was flat. Yeah, she stuck a front flip on a 50-foot cliff to flat.

Cody: I was up top with her before she dropped in; she is always so excited. I just coined the term “Happy Foaming,” which is what she does. It is foaming at the mouth, but instead of being intense and aggressive, she is just happy…and foaming.