Warren Miller's No Turning Back


  • Jess McMillan

    Spyder, Volkl, Marker, Garmont, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Backcountry.com, Roope Designs



    Favorite music to shred to:  I rarely listen to music while I charging.  If I'm listening to music, I am typically be-bopping inbounds and then it is whatever is on my ipod.  If I'm skiing hard, I don't hear the music anyway.

    Who is your greatest influence in life? Skiers.  I absolutely love how passionate skiers are about life, love, and adventure.

    What would surprise people most about you? I am a certified Pilates instructor and I think it one of the best things I have ever done for my overall health.

    What is the one thing you look forward to most after a long day on the Mountain?  The next morning when I get to do it all over again.  It's like the night before Christmas every evening.

    You have been at the top of the Freeskiing World Tour for years; do you ever get nervous when entering a competition?  Definitely.  I think being nervous helps me ski at my very best.  I am usually nervous about my line, my performance, and the judging.  My nerves help me ski very best.  Nerves are like a little shot of adrenaline right before I drop into my line.

    Do you have a routine to prepare yourself for the day of the comp?  Yes.  I spend the night before the competition visualizing myself skiing my line.  The morning of I take one last look at my line and then head to starting gate.  I like to arrive at least a 30 minutes before my start.  I take the extra time to warm my body, stretch, and listen to music.  Right before I drop in, I clear my head of everything and hopefully get myself into the Flow State.  Flow state for me is when my mind is completely blank and it is just me and the mountain.  If I can achieve my flow state, I will most likely be on the podium.  If I have too much going through my mind, my results aren't what I want them to be.

    What was the highlight of your trip to Telluride during the filming of Flow State?  That's is tough question.  There were so many great experiences in Telluride. Telluride has some of the best terrain I have ever seen. My favorite line I skied was a tight couloir with a straight line at the very end.  I love going super fast.  So it was a blast to get up to top speed during the straight line and then exit into a deep pow field.  I also have to admit that going 180 mph in race car is one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life!


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