Home Mountain: Squaw Valley, CA
Number of years skiing: 28
Favorite Quote: "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Da Vinci
Warren Miller Entertainment: What makes the Warren Miller films different than other films you have done?
JT Holmes: The cool thing about the Warren Miller program is the tours. Just the fact that it’s still based around having everybody in one room and you feel that energy and pre-season ski stoke, and that just really fires me up, to go and shoot stuff that I know is going to get people off their seats and just stoked.
WME: How was filming this year?
JT: Filming was great this year. France is just like bafflingly big - just huge. We're scouting 10,000 foot ski runs. It was pretty cool, just the scale of it all and the accessibility of it all. It's a cool place to go, skiing or not.
WME: So you spent some time speed riding. Is it one of your favorite ways to ski?
JT: Speed riding is adding a fourth dimension to skiing. Suddenly you're able to ski all sorts of places that otherwise aren't available, and you do that by flying over the sections that are un-skiable or even just undesirable to ski, and what that does is it allows you to just ski the highest quality ski experience, and then you're using the wind as transportation to the next high quality ski experience. It's almost gluttonous with the amount of fresh tracks we're able to get and the amount of fun we're able to have.
WME: It's a pretty innovate way to ski, what motivates you to keep innovating?
JT: First of all, it's just fun. Second, doing something new that is really uncommonly done or never done before, that adds kind of an exploration element to it where you feel like you're figuring something out and conquering new territory and it really kind of triggers a new type of motivation. You brainstorm something interesting to do and then you figure out what toys you need to bring or develop in order to make it possible and then when you do complete it, it not only fun but also an accomplishment feeling. That's really what motivates me.
WME: Anything you would say to someone looking to give speed riding a go?
JT: Everybody needs to try speed riding. Put it on the bucket list and then scratch it off the bucket list and put it on the now list, because it’s just so dang fun. I know a lot about having fun - I'm an expert at having fun, and this is really fun. And it’s not that hard.