Sam Smoothy is from New Zealand and is already one of the biggest names in the Freeride circuit. He has been competing on the Freeride World Tour since 2011 and has claimed many podium spots since then including two victories in Chamonix 2012 and Fieberbrunn 2014, finishing fourth overall on the FWT 2012 and runner-up in 2014 and 3rd at Andorra in 2015. But Sam Smoothy is much more than a competition skier. He is filming for elite ski movie production like Legs of Steel and is a guest writer for various ski magazines around the globe.
He has recently been getting more into rock climbing, with some ice climbing and getting more into ski mountaineering but with a more freeride approach to skiing lines fast.
Besides skiing Sam Smoothy loves surfing, but he mainly has to do this in the chilly waves of the New Zealand winter, since he rarely spends the Southern Hemisphere summers in his hometown Wanaka. Instead, he is chasing the powder all around the world and preferably in the European Alps, where he has adopted Verbier as a second hometown. No wonder Sam Smoothy has developed an outstanding skiing style that fully lives up to his last name.
- Date of birth
- New Zealand
- Home mountain
- Treble Cone New Zealand and Verbier Switzerland
- Experience teaches only the teachable.
- surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, reading
1st 2015 Andorra FWT stop.
2nd overall 2014
Freeride World Tour,
1st 2014 Austrian FWT stop
- 1. Favorite Völkl Skis
- Confession 193
- 2. What do you use this ski for?
- freeriding and all mountain crushing.
- 3. Why do you like this ski?
- I love the power and stability I get with the Confession, it can handle anything I throw at it and floats so well in powder, I feel like I can stomp anything with this ski.
- 4. Why do you like being a part of the Völkl team?
- The volkl team is more like a family, everyone is super nice and super fun to ski with, and we have the best equipement out there, it’s a perfect set up!
- 5. How long have you been riding for Völkl?
- I have been riding on Volkl since…I think 2009
- 6. What age did you start skiing?
- since I was 2
- 7. Biggest breakthrough in your ski career
- I think winning the Andorra stop of the Freeride World Tour is my break through moment, it really got my name out there and helped a lot with getting me on the Teton Gravity Research film crew.
- 8. Favorite Place to ride
- Alaska. But I love my home resorts too, 30 years and still not bored woooo!!!
- 9. Your Best Ski Trip you have done
- I think the first season I spent in Alaska is my best ski trip, it actually changed my life, and now I know where I want to be every northern spring every year.
- 10. Ski destination where you haven’t been and would like to go?
- Antarctica! The mysterious southern continent is just so wild I'd love to spend a few months down there freezing my toes off.
- 11. Ski Hero/Role Model Growing up
- Shane McConkey
- 12. What do you do when you are not skiing?
- I try surf as much as I can, that’s my big new passion but because of skiing often means lots of cold water sessions yeow!!
- 13. How do you train to keep in shape for skiing?
- I work closely with a trainer in the gym and also use other sports like mountain biking for fitness and general strength.
- 14. What can’t you live without
- Skiing. Surfing. Food. Everything else is secondary by a long way.
- 15. What are 3 things we should know about you?
- I once had a super sweet undercut bowl cut hairdo. Im terrified of snakes and of ever using three examples to explain things.
- 16. Motto/Words you live by
- Experience teaches only the teachable.
- 17. Most Humbling moment
- Tomahawking down the Bec de Rosses and losing a World Title was pretty humbling and ego destroying.
- 18. Favorite Social Media Channel
- Kookslams on instagram
- 19. Future Goals and Plans and Ambitions
- Win best line at the Powder Awards, opening or closing section with Teton Gravity Research.
- 20. How did you become involved in Ski Touring?
- My parents first took me ski touring in the high alpine of NZ when I was…14 maybe, on spalding skis with the vintage 1970s marker touring binding
- 21. What are your all time Favourite Ski Tours?
- I still really loving touring at home, we have many hidden gems in our Alps, but you just got to work harder to get it than most places
- 22. What is in your pack when you go out ski touring?
- scroggin trail mix for snacking, avalanche gear, bulk water, a fresh base layer and puffer to keep my toasty later.