While the “playing field” in action sports like skiing has always been somewhat level, the democratization of viewership thanks to technology has further blurred the definition of professional, and also made it harder to make a living as a skier. This begs the question, are professional skiers a dying breed?
Mike Douglas is a living legend in the ski industry. He’s known in the ski world as “The Godfather”, he was one of the behind the scenes leaders of the New Canadian Airforce, a group that takes credit for the development of the first modern twin tip. Nowadays, he’s still a paid, pro skier but his focus is on filmmaking and his production company Switchback Entertainment has been killing it for over a decade. We talk about it all on the podcast.
Mike Douglas Show Notes:
2:00: Canada, getting into skiing, and taking photos
5:30: Dropping out of college, Whistler and bumps
12:45: The New Canadian Air Force, mogul demos, and 1080 proposal
20:00: Mingo, the first 1080, and other skis he’s made
28:45: Evo (Use the code TPM10 for 10% off at checkout)
RESQWATER (enter the code resqwatertpm for a 20% discount on a 12 pack)
Outdoor Research: (Get 15% off you’re order with the checkout code POWELL15)
31:00: Climate Change, POW Summit, and still being a pro skier
39:30: Davenport, Seth and The Back 9
48:40: Spy Optics: Get 20% off on their site Spyoptic.com using the code TPM20.
The 10 Barrel Brewery: My favorite is 'Out of Office' Pilsner
50:15: Switchback Entertainment, Salomon Freeski TV, and growth
59:00: Being in his own productions, features and winning awards
67:00 Death: Shane, Sarah, JP, and Andreas
72:00: Inappropriate Questions