Volkl Signs Big-Mountain Ripper Ian McIntosh

The British Columbia-based athlete and star of TGR films rounds out a strong team.
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Ian McIntosh

If you saw his segment in TGR's RE-Session you don't have to read beyond this point. If you didn't, this is what you need to know: Few, if any, big-mountain skiers go as big, as scary, and as fast. A veteran of the contest circuit (he took first on the 2004 North American Tour and second for the world), McIntosh quickly parlayed his skills into ski film segments with TGR, Warren Miller, and Tanner Hall. All this despite the fact that the guy doesn't ski backwards, talk like he's in a Wu-Tang filler skit, or intimidate children just for the hell of it. The take-away? The guy is as good as ski ambassadors get and a good move for Volkl.


A highly competitive racer until he switched to Team Summit’s big mountain program this season, Rodney can’t seem to shake his background. “Big George will simply take the entire venue,” Jim Jack says about Rodney’s style in competition.     “He skis really fast and technically solid, and takes huge airs,” says Van Nuys. “But the best thing is that he’s always having fun no matter what —he doesn’t care if he crashes.”     Rodney, who attends Winter School in Salt Lake City, will be graduating in the fall and heading back to Summit to continue to train for the adult tour and compete on that next year. He’s just picked up Smith and SkullCandy as sponsors, and after throwing a 60-foot back flip in the JWT event at Snowbird, he’ll be someone to watch on next year’s FWT.

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