TOM GRANT JÖTTNAR Pro Team
"THIS PASSION FOR STEEP SKIING HAS LED ME TO TECHNICAL FIRST DESCENTS IN THE ALPS, BAFFIN ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, NORWAY AND NEW ZEALAND. MOST RECENTLY IN AUTUMN 2017 MY SKI PARTNERS AND I SKIED THE FIRST DESCENT OF THE 2,000 METER CAROLINE FACE ON MT. COOK, ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST UNSKIED LINES."
I was born in the USA, just outside of Washington DC and moved with my family to East Sussex in south-east England at age 11. Soon after moving I discovered skiing on a school ski trip to Austria. At the end of the week I won a slalom race against kids who had all been skiing before. I was hooked and knew I had to ski more.
Throughout my teens my interest in skiing and the mountains grew and with only a couple weeks of ski experience behind me my friends and I would venture into unknown areas of off-piste and get epically stuck in deep snow we didn’t know how to ski. I soon became obsessed with the idea of exploring mountains on skis and developed an unhealthy fascination with steep skiing.
Several years later I moved to Chamonix to pursue alpine climbing and steep skiing with a passion. During my first season in Cham I threw myself in at the deep end skiing fabled steep lines on the north face of the Midi and elsewhere around the Massif. Since that time I’ve skied many of the steepest lines in the Massif and climbed plenty of long and committing alpine routes.
I work year round as an IFMGA guide taking clients skiing in the backcountry, alpine climbing and rock climbing. I have been living in Chamonix since 2009 and I still have an endless list of skiing and climbing projects. I’m constantly looking at how to progress my skiing through mastering different technical aspects of skiing and becoming stronger and wiser in the mountains. I love being creative and pushing myself to always ski in a more fluid and playful manner on all types of terrain.
There are many places I plan to take my skis in the next few years, always searching for a state of flow and to sometimes push myself mentally and physically to the limit when the time is right.
STEEP SKIER | CLIMBER
tom's LEGEND ARTICLES
n his first showing on Legend, Jöttnar Pro Team member Tom Grant talks about probing the limits of his own psychology and leaving his mark on New Zealand...
FILM: STATE OF FLOW
Tom Grant is a Jöttnar pro team member and an IFMGA mountain guide. based in Chamonix, he uses his skill as an alpinist to access some of the steepest ski lines around...
THE FALL LINE: STEEP SKIIING
When skiing a steep line where falling simply isn’t an option, making a technical mistake should be the least of your worries. There are already major...