SKIING’s interview with Seth Morrison, one of North America’s top 25 skiers. Seth is known for his ridiculous cliff drops, skiing the unskiable, his Technicolor hair, and generally being a badass.
Name: Seth Morrison
Age when you started skiing: Six
Hometown/where you learned to ski: Madison, Wisconsin/Cascade
When did it hit you that you could become a pro skier? “When I started college in Gunnison (Colorado). I competed in the U.S. extremes and got second. The previous season, I saw the first extremes on TV and I knew I could beat them.”
Current ski mountain: Breckenridge, CO
Claim to fame/results: Second 3 times in U.S. extremes in Crested Butte, CO; movies.
Signature trick or event: “Bringing trick aspects into big-mountain skiing. I like to do stunts — ridiculous cliff drops. It helps to get more money from sponsors and because of it, I’m super busy. I mostly focus on films and getting to exotic locations.”
Have any pets? “Nope. I can’t be on the road and have pets — I might as well have kids.”
Favorite food: “Everything, but especially turkey dinners.”
Beverage of choice: Red Bull
Favorite band: Fear Factory and the Sex Pistols
Are you religious? No
What kind of car do you drive? “A 1990 Subaru Legacy — it shows you how much money I make. I have a snowmobile worth $8,000 with more horsepower than the car.”
Last book you read: “No Blacks, No Dogs,a Johnny Rotten biography — I like to read about people.”
Do you have a ski hero? Who? Why? “Trevor Petersen and Dean Cummings. I learned a lot from them and skied with them a lot. From Dean, I learned about mountain and snow safety and getting into and out of lines during the pioneer days in Alaska.”
Movies you’ve been in: Soul Sessionsand Epic Impressions, Black Diamond Rush, The Hedonist, K2, Warren Miller’s Ride, The Tribe, Fetish, Pura Vida, Sick Sense, Global Storming, Ski Movie, The Game, 13,and The Best of MSP.
Pastimes off the hill: Mountain biking, snowmobiling, kite sailing and surfing.
Plans for the future: “To travel to more exotic locations. I’ve been going to the same places lately. I’d like to go to Greenland, a few Northwest resorts, and the interior of Canada.”
What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? “Right now the whole jib movement is bringing kids in from snowboarding. Powder and whatnot are getting a lot of jib people, and they’re gonna lose. Jibbing is getting blown out of proportion. The way it’s being portrayed is overdone. Ski-area skiing needs to come back into focus. Jibbing is intimidating.”
How do you feel about the FIS/IFSA? “IFSA is okay. At the time, they needed something to sanction what was going on, but their numbers are getting smaller. It’s like a pony show every year. FIS is just coming along and trying to take over IFSA and freeskiing and jibbing are cooler.”
Do you think fat skis are a game-improvement tool or a crutch? “A game-improvement tool. A lot of places and things you can’t go and do without them. Backcountry travel is easier with fat boards. They can turn anyone into a great skier. Buy some as cheap as you can.”
Skiboarders: shoot ’em, or hug ’em? “Shoot ’em. The things they’re doing aren’t any harder.”
Any words of wisdom for our readers? “Always wear clean underwear. If you’re not crashing, you’re not trying.”