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Jonny Moseley is a bonafide veteran, having appeared both in and behind the scenes of WME films since 1998. He remembers his debut in WME’s Freeriders, ripping moguls in a white onesie, vividly.
Jonny Moseley: Trying to replace Warren as a narrator is ridiculous. I realized that from day one. It’s like apples and oranges, there’s just no way I could ever come close to doing what he did.
This is the 10th WME film I’ve narrated, and I’ve been very fortunate that the audience has been willing to grow with me from my rookie season to now. One of the things I loved about Warren, and it’s hard to fake, is that Warren really lived the segments he narrated. He went out there and shot most things himself, so when he talked about them, it was very genuine. He was just telling a story about what he did in the mountains. That genuine connection with skiing—that’s the spirit that was so strong with Warren, and that’s what I try to convey. I feel that’s the best I can do to keep the Warren Miller spirit alive.
My first opportunity to ski for WME came in 1998. It was a mogul skiing segment, of course, in Breckenridge, Colo. We were doing some rapid fire mogul skiing with basically the World Cup team back then. I remember the shoot because I wore a white one-piece ski suit while throwing a bunch of Cosacks and Iron-Cross Cosacks. And it was just generally pretty embarrassing, if I remember correctly. No, I’m kidding, it was a lot of fun and I loved it. I still love skiing bumps. Especially since I don’t have to ski an icy rut-line at 7 a.m. and do two gnarly airs. It’s made bump skiing much more enjoyable.
Of course, I miss the competition aspect of it. But as far as just the pleasure of skiing bumps, I love it. You know, I think in some ways I’m a better bump-skier finesse-wise now. I’m lucky, I think I was born to ski moguls, my body was just set to do it. I still have a bunch more bumps left in me.
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Originally published in the November 2018 issue of SKI Magazine.