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WM: What other Warren Miller Films have you been in?
K.Q.: The last six. Off the Grid, Higher Ground, Impact, Journey, Storm, and Cold Fusion.
WM: How do you think PLAYGROUND compares to past Warren flicks? What is your favorite part of this year’s film?
K.Q.: I haven’t seen the final cut of the film, but what I have seen looks great. The opening scene with Dan Treadway and Ian Macintosh is a favorite. All of the magic carpet segments – the BC portion and Points North – are highlights for sure!
WM: Will you be at any of this year’s premiers?
K.Q.: Absolutely. We will see where Columbia and Warren Miller are able to send me. I am definitely excited about the tour, and I am looking forward to going to the shows.
WM: Where is your favorite place to ski? Why?
K.Q.: Alaska. There is no place like Alaska. I grew up skiing at Alyeska, and now I run a heli-ski operation out of Cordova, Alaska. You don’t have to be at Points North to experience the incredible Alaskan snowpack… it allows you to ski in places you can’t imagine possible.
WM: What is it—passion or profession? How did you become a pro skier?
K.Q.: Both. Passion first…It is something I dream about. I was able to make it my profession by juggling both. How did I become a pro skier? Well, I had a stint as a Pro Hockey player. I grew up ski racing and playing hockey in Alaska. I later became a ski instructor, a coach for the USSA ski team, a stunt skier, and then a sponsored skier. Being a professional skier allowed me the opportunity to jumpstart my Points North operation.
WM: Is there someone you want to go skiing with—but haven’t had the chance yet? Who?
K.Q.: Patrick Vallencant, the first big mountain extreme skier. And Franz Klammer, the 1970s and 80s Downhill Champion.
WM: Have you skied in Europe? How do European mountains compare to yours (Alaska, that is…)?
K.Q.: I have never skied in Europe, but the European mountains are honestly much larger than Alaska’s. However, Alaska’s snowpack is better. The Alaskan snowpack allows the snow to stick to places you can only dream about.
WM: What is your advice to the dedicated Midwesterner who spends his/her winter sliding down steep and icy two minute runs?
K.Q.: Keep doing as many laps as you can! It doesn’t matter where you are doing your laps, as long as you keep doing them. Skiing on ice is actually really good training… Some of the best skiers in the world have come from icy East Coast mountains.
WM: iPod or CDs?
K.Q.: Both. It depends how old the CD is…you can’t get the old stuff for an iPod.
WM: What type of music gets you pumped to hit the mountain?
K.Q.: Metallica. 100% pure Metallica.
WM: Is there anything else you would like to share?
K.Q.: If you haven’t started living your dream now…You will be one year older when you do.