Top 25 Skiers: Vincent Dorion

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SKIING’s interview with Vincent Dorion, one of North America’s top 25 skiers. Heard of the 1080? He invented it — the trick and, along with the folks at Salomon, the ski. With J.P. Auclair and J.F. Cusson, Vinny is considered one of the original new school jibbers.

Name: Vincent Dorion

Age: 21

Age when you started skiing: Two

Hometown/where you learned to ski: St. Sauveur, Quebec

When did it hit you that you could be a pro/competitive skier? “Five years ago, when I was on the Canadian Freestyle Team and switched to new school.”

Current ski mountain: St. Sauveur

Signature trick: The Underflip, which combines a 540 rodeo with a back flip and backward landing.

Do you have any pets? No

Favorite food: Sushi

Beverage of choice: Five Alive

Favorite music: “Mostly any hip-hop.”

What kind of car do you drive? Audi A4

Last book read: “I don’t know… I guess magazines.”

Do you have a ski hero? “Not really.”

What movies have you been in? The Game, Ski Movie, Salomon Movie, 13,and Global Storming.

Pastimes off the hill: “Drive my car, go out.”

Plans for the future: “To stay in shape to do what I’m doing for as long as I can.”

What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? “Things are going well. It’s improving a lot, kids are going off now, making it tougher competition for us.”

Do you think fat skis are a game-improvement tool or a crutch? “They are a big improvement.”

Skiboarders? Shoot ’em or hug ’em? “I would shoot them if I was by myself. Some of them are cool, though. I respect them, but not the sport.”

Any words of wisdom for our readers? “Don’t hurt yourself and be careful. Don’t huck too much. It’s more about style than big tricks.”