Matt Philippi

Matt Philippi

Where were you born?  Boston, MA

Where did you learn to ski/ride? Sugarbush, VT

Who taught you to ski/ride? My parents

Who inspired you in skiing/riding while you were growing up? There are a lot of skiers I look up to but Candide Thovex remains the master!

Breakfast of champions? Coffee and a croissant

Best après meal? Fish tacos and a margarita

What do you enjoy doing to give your body a break? (Recovery routine, healing tips, etc.) Foam roller, yoga

Can you tell us about some of the gear you were using in your segment with WME? During the WME Wasatch shoot I was skiing on my Volkl Shiro with a Marker Duke binding. The Shiro is a super versatile ski that I can trust to perform no matter what the snow is like in the backcountry. The Duke is great because it delivers the performance of an alpine binding in a touring binding platform. I tour in the backcountry so that I can ski fast and hit airs in fresh snow, and i need a setup built to handle that sort of skiing.

Other than professional athlete, what is your dream job? Orthopedic Surgeon.

Most memorable moment filming with WME this year? Skiing 'Thunderstruck' off of Cardiac Ridge was definitely the highlight of the shoot for me. This is one of the more exciting lines in the Wasatch with a knife-edge ridge and a mandatory straight line out of the bottom. I remember being surprised at how fast I was skiing out the exit. It marked the end of the good snow that shoot and capped off a great couple of weeks at home in the Wasatch.

Your idea of a perfect vacation sans skiing? Surf trip to Nicaragua.

Mantra to live by? Follow your passion.

Tunes to ski to? Alt-J

Connect With Matt: Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo 

Headshot courtesy of Instagram