We just got back from week-long review trip in Bend, Oregon, and while we were in Bend, we went to pay a visit to one of the best big-mountain skiers of all time, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.
We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska. For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.
It’s a great conversation with an unbelievable skier and a really interesting person, and we hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.
TOPICS & TIMES:
- Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50)
- How / Why Bend? (3:03)
- Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10)
- Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15)
- Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15)
- Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00)
- Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58)
- Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36)
- Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01)
- Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00)
- Sage’s Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20)
- Sage on the future of skiing (49:18)
- Parting Thoughts (59:30)