SKIING's interview with Jeremy Nobis, one of North America's top 25 skiers. This ex-U.S. Ski Teamer turned big-mountain maniac is perhaps best known for showing World Cup-worthy aggression on Alaskan first descents.
Name: Jeremy Nobis
Age when you started skiing: Seven
Hometown/where you learned to ski: Park City, Utah
When did it hit you that you could be a pro/competitive skier? "At 8, I decided I wanted to race."
Current ski mountains: Snowbird, Alta, and Jackson
Claim to fame/results: National overall champ, '94; ninth in Olympic GS, '94; third in X-Games '99
Signature trick or event: Big-mountain skiing in Alaska.
Have any pets? A dog -- a chocolate lab.
What are your favorite foods? Chips and salsa, sushi
What's your beverage of choice? Red Bull and vodka
What's your favorite band? Pennywise
Are you religious? "No, although I was a confirmed Catholic and an altar boy."
What kind of car do you drive? "A big 3/4-ton van with leopard-skin carpet and obnoxious stickers -- it's offensive to parents."
Last book you read: Lance Armstrong: It's not about the bike
Do you have a ski hero? Who? Why? "I've always been a race fan, so people like Ingemar Stenmark and the Mahres... but I also liked watching Glen Plake and Scot Schmidt. Why? Ingemar's dominance, the Mahres being American and doing well, and the other two because they were always in the ski movies and I wanted to do that."
Movies you've been in: TGR: The Harvest, The Realm,and Further. And Warren Miller's Ride-- the Greenland segment. Sick Sense, Steve Winter.
Pastimes off the hill: Golf, motocross, trail-riding, and flyfishing.
Plans for the future: Working on a TNF expedition, X-Games, and filming. "To continue doing what I'm doing -- filming and competing. And finding ways to give back to the sport. If a pro tour happens, I'll race on that."
What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? "It hasn't taken off the way we expected, but people in the industry are excited, and that's good. They aren't as cynical as they used to be. They seem to be having a good time, and that's an improvement. If everyone's having fun, how can it not succeed?"
How do you feel about the FIS/IFSA? "The FIS should just stay the hell out of the way. Every event they own has become too boring and too political."
Do you think fat skis are a game-improvement tool or a crutch? "An improvement tool. It's common sense."
Skiboarders? Shoot 'em or hug 'em? "Let 'em stay on their side of the mountain. Do what you want, just don't get in my way."
What's the biggest scare you've ever had on skis? "I took a 1,200-foot fall down a big Alaska face last year... I had to air a bergschrundin the middle of it.
Any words of wisdom for our readers? "What you don't know doesn't hurt ya."