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“Ask Me Anything” with Seth Morrison

Ask Me Anything with Seth Morrison
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You asked! He answered! Professional Skier Legend Seth Morrison joined Teton Gravity Research for a one-on-many chat about life as a pro skier. For over 3.5 hours and 141 posts, Seth took any and all questions regarding cliff drops that exceed 80′, how to prepare & stay in shape for the winter season, and the risk vs. the rewards in today’s top tier skiing.

Here’s a few excerpts from TGR’s “Seth Morrison’s 25 Best Responses In Our ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session”

Q: Do you ever watch another skier and ponder that they may be a better skier? What is your go to phrase when skiing… like “Get money!” or “Time to riiip it uuuuuup!!”

S: Go to Chamonix, everyone is better! My phrase at resorts is “Get out of the way.”

Q: So what is my best regimen for still skiing hard as I get older? I know you mountain bike and hike a lot. Any other specific tips? – whyturn

S: The whole idea is to stay in shape so you’re ready for the task at hand. I have had to do way more riding on the bike and hiking to simulate a day in the mountains, for the climbing of runs and skinning in to get there.

Want more? Head over to TGR and read their recap article HERE or peruse the entire thread HERE.

LEARN MORE: Seth Morrison Pro Model

The Seth Morrison Pro Model Boot

“These boots allow me to ski the way I do with the lightness and full flex no other boot in the market has. Believe me, I have tried many others and they just don’t work for my foot or skiing style. At the end of the day I wish I never tried anything else, it was just a waste of time. Couldn’t be happier that these boots are back and everything on them is exactly the same as they ever were. The ease of set up and fit with the moldable liners saves time at the boot fitters. If Full Tilt ever stops making them, I’ll have to buy the molds and make my own boots!” – Seth

Winner Updates 3-Piece Quiver

Jonathan we admire your Flexon collection and deem it best of the locker room. There’s still a little spare shelf space, so we’ll add some Full Tilts to that collection! Check out his entry!

Ahhh, the venerable Flexon. Growing up skiing at the 270’ vertical drop Boston Mills in Ohio bashing bumps was really about the only thing we did to have fun. There were no terrain parks so the only jumps we could get away with were doubling moguls in close proximity. No Park Bulley’s grooming out kickers daily.

This collection of Flexons has taken me through my 20’s and now into my late 30’s in style. I keep getting older and skiing terrain keeps getting better, which is kind of a bummer but the Flexon’s have kept me happy and relatively shinbang-free for a while.

I now instruct at a little resort in Southeast Michigan and I am the minority in the locker room when it comes to boots. Lots of Technicas and other stiff-as-hell race boots and my Flexon’s are there every day, bucking the trend, people ask me all the time what kind of boot that is. I am kind and answer them…but I am thinking, “Dude, if you have to ask then you wouldn’t get it”.

I would love to keep spreading the good word in a pair of fresh Full Tilts.

Thanks for bringing these legendary boots back!

Remember if you think you deserve boots more than Jonathan Mobily (winner above), then show us why and submit your own entry at Teton Gravity. Check out all of our RECENT WINNERS!

Winner Finally Sees Girl’s Boots

Not only did Ryan snag a hot date, he also won them both some brand new Full Tilt Boots! So next year if they wear ski boots again they’ll be comfortable & safe with ribbed protection.

Check out his entry!

This is me and my lovely date about to go to the prom together. The entire night was about class and style and I felt like my salomon demo boots were NOT classy. After the dance, my shins were so bruised! Please help me win a pair of classy fulltilts so i can go to next years prom in style.

Remember if you think you deserve boots more than Jason Bird (winner above), then show us why and submit your own entry at Teton Gravity. Check out all of our RECENT WINNERS!

Jibbing the Last Frontier

Adding to the traditional AK heli-skiing madness, Cam Riley and Clayton Vila have brought urban riding to the mix. Here’s a sneak peak of their adventures and pitfalls filming for Teton Gravity Research. Stay tuned for “The Dream Factory” dropping this September!

AK Power Plant

 

Busted in Anchorage

Pond Skim to Face = October Winner

Pond skims are not for the faint of heart. Generally they always end with an abrupt and awkward fall to either frigid water, side netting or in the case of our Show Us Your Boots October winner, face to hard ground. Hayley Fedorek from Monroeville PA had the cajones to ignore the many brutal falls that went before her and go full speed into the 7 Springs pond, only to slam her face into the lip at the end.

 

Luckily she was ok but her boots have never really recovered from the traumatic and somewhat embarrassing moment, now she’ll have some boots that aren’t waterlogged.

Remember if you think you deserve boots more than Hayley (winner above), then show us why and submit your own entry at Teton Gravity.

Seth Morrison Checks in From Ripley Creek

This post is originally located on ESPN.com/action
Photo: Seth Morrison

Last year was my very first trip to this neck of the woods in Northern B.C. Back then, TGR and a crew of Oakley athletes went to Bell 2, serviced by Last Frontier Heli another Canadian based heli ski operation. We heard about Ripley Creek through those guys on that trip, so we decided to leave behind the 5-star set up at Bell 2 this year in the hopes of exploring a new zone.

Photo: Seth Morrison

Stewart sits just on the edge of the southern-most part of the Alaskan panhandle, nestled right up to Hyder on the Coast Mountains. The road into town comes to a dead end in Hyder a few miles past Stewart, which is primarily a mining town by trade. With the economic state and lack of mining, Stewart is pretty much a ghost town in the winter. A few hard-core sled necks are pretty much the only people going into these mountains.

Photo: Seth Morrison

The crew consists of Kye Petersen, Callum Pettit, Sammy Carson and myself. We are filming for the TGR’s next film (name is yet to be determined). Being with such a youthful group of skiers was nice to see — energy and fearlessness. This definitely came into play for Callum: He jumped off a piece of glacier ice and skipped off another piece and crashed on some not-so-soft snow and ended up dislocating his shoulder. He was sore after getting it put back in, but it meant that he was out for the rest of the trip.

Photo: Seth Morrison

The mountains here are pretty intense, poking right up out of glacier ice fields. At times the peaks look small because of the massive expanse of snow-covered glaciers in between them. This season, they were 15 feet of snow shy of the normal coverage, which meant that many crevices were exposed and a lot of lines were unsafe due to gaping holes in run-outs. Everyday was a new adventure for us, searching the terrain by air and sometimes flying to places that offered little and then back to ones we had thought too much to handle at the time.

Photo: Seth Morrison

Light is a big curveball this time of year. February into March is pretty early for these kinds of mountains since they are big and the sun still sits low in the sky. We had early mornings and late afternoons as our best filming times for the better quality powder, so NE and NW aspects were on our list. Sometimes you’d overlook lines on these aspects because you’d see them in the shade and not even notice them. When you see them lit up, you can’t believe your eyes. Our guides played a big roll with the knowledge of terrain and aspects.

Photo: Seth Morrison

Some days were sunny, others were cloudy — typical Coastal Mountain ski adventure. Luckily the terrain here offers many pillow-y tree runs below the Alpine for cloudy or snowy days. This worked out for use because the best snow was here and wasn’t seeing the light of day on this trip, even when it was sunny.

Photo: Seth Morrison
All in all it was a pretty sick trip, a good bunch to be with and another step towards the main goal of the season in Alaska. We were even able to keep up with the Olympics. There was a lot of curling on, so we inquired and found that we could curl. It was U.S. vs. Canada — we had even numbers in our groups from representing countries (the U.S. won of course).

Photo: Seth Morrison

One last thing: If you are ever driving to Alaska, you will drive right past the turn to Stewart and Hyder. Make this turn, ’cause you’re probably not in a huge hurry anyway, and go get “Hyderized” in Hyder. From what I hear from other pros, there is a moonshine shot there that is not to be missed.

Photo: Seth Morrison

Check out TGR’s “Live From The Field” to see some of the stories I’m talking about but in short video versions.