Long Underwear Show Notes: Scot Schmidt

Patience as the best form of injury prevention, the handy lessons learned in homesteading, the complexities of pitching a teepee and the memories of an all-time surfing trip to Costa Rica.

 

To kick off Season 2 of the Warren Miller Entertainment podcast “Long Underwear”, host Amie Engerbretson and the Warren Miller Entertainment team knew no one could fit the bill better than freeskiing pioneer Scot Schmidt.

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Scot Schmidt in ad from circa 1990.  

About The Athlete

Scot, a Montana native, tells of how he made his way to Squaw Valley in the late seventies with his heart set on becoming a ski racer. By 1983 however, he was getting picked up by Warren Miller cameraman Gary Nate and received a typewritten letter from Warren himself, inviting him to travel the world and ski. Thus, his extreme skiing career took off and he was featured in about a dozen Warren Miller films over the years.

 

 

Amie and Scot sat down in February of 2019 to talk about everything from making Warren Miller films in the 1980s to the 25 acres of redwood forest Scot cares for at his home in Santa Cruz. 

 

No More “S” word

  • Once the “No S-Word” rule is enforced, Scot talks about breaking up his year spending his warmer months in Santa Cruz, California surfing and dirt biking and winters in Big Sky, Montana. 
  • Scot’s best quality: Patience. And how to take cues from the universe.
  • Alternate lifestyle if he wasn’t a skier? He’d choose music, Bob Dylan specifically. His dream would be to write songs that have meaning and can truly affect people.
  • Scot then tells Amie about the summers he spent pitching teepees (and maintaining them) and talks about the highs and the lack of lows his fulfilling life has given him and an all-time surf trip to Costa Rica that has stuck in his mind all these years later.

 

Filming for "Steep & Deep" started July, 1984 when a camera crew, headed by Fletcher Manley and skiers Scot Schmidt, Dan Herby and Scott Brooksbank, went to New Zealand for a month of helicopter and glacier skiing.

 

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