by Izzy Lynch
When I received an e-mail from one of Mica’s lead guides that read: “Scot Schmidt is in my group this week and we have an extra spot in the heli. Would you like to come up tomorrow?” there was no thinking twice. Meeting, let alone skiing with one of freeskiing’s pioneers is not an opportunity that comes up every day.
I have always been inspired by the originators in the ski world. They pushed limits and rebelled against the boundaries of the sport, skied lines that have never been skied, and inspired a culture, a community and a lifestyle that we call freeskiing today. (And they did it all on long, skinny skis. That, my friends, is talent.)