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SKIING’s interview with Hugo Harrison, one of North America’s top 25 skiers, and probably the best skier you’ve never heard of.
Name: Hugo Harrison
Hometown: Whistler, B.C.
Age when you started skiing: I started when I was four years old.
Where you learned to ski? Matane, Quebec
When did it hit you that you could become a pro skier? I’ve done manyfreeskiing events in the past three years and last season I won the IFSA World Tour. That’s when it hit me.
Current ski mountain: Whistler
Claim to fame/results: I twice won the freeskiing event during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival at Whistler and, like I said, I also won the 2000 IFSA World Tour.
Any pets? I have a dog, Chowchow.
Favorite food: Pasta
Beverage of choice: Molson Export
Favorite band: Bob Marley
Are you religious? Yes
What kind of car do you drive? Eagle Vista 4X4
Do you have a ski hero? Who? Why? Jeremy Nobis — he’s very fast and fluid.
Movies you’ve been in: RIDE,this fall’s Warren Miller film.
Pastimes off the hill: Mountain biking
Plans for the future: I want to ski for as long as I can.
What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? I think the ski industry has changed a lot in the last few years, and that snowboarding has brought with it a lot of new ideas and the ski industry has used them and has continued to evolve. Change is good!!!
Do you think fat skis are a game-improvement tool or a crutch? They’re the best gift the ski industry ever gave to the skiers.
Skiboarders… shoot ’em, or hug ’em? Like I said before about snowboarding, they will only help the ski industry.