Mark Kogelmann

Age: X, Skiing since: Age 3, Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT, Favorite product: STORM FIGHTER GTX® JACKET

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Who introduced you to skimo? Who are your influences?

Nobody, I saw insane lines I wanted and no lifts to get me there. Begged for gear until the sponsors heard me and submersed myself into. I received avalanche training from the best out there & learned as I went. My big brother Chip is my biggest influence. He does iron mans and runs marathons under 3 hrs. Sick skier! Really Sportiva might be talking to the wrong Kogelmann.

How old were you when you first became a professional athlete?

I joined the Pro-leisure tour right out of high school. I medaled in couch surfing & mooching beer. In 2010 I was skiing at Whistler during the Winter Olympics where most events were being held. Jay Goodrich, a Powder Magazine photog was there shooting the Olympics. I signed an athlete release and BOOM we started work. We shot backcountry up in the peaks while the Olympians were down below us. In the afternoon Jay shot the Olympics and I partied with the spectators. I shot with Jay at Mt Baker for 2 seasons and now I film with Soulryders & shoot stills with Scott Markewitz, Will Wissman, & Jeremiah Watt. Jay and I have plans to shoot '13/14' season together on the Soulrdyers Freeride Tour.

What are some of your lifetime skiing/race goals?

I really am enjoying working in film & photography. My goal is to continue doing it as long as my body lets me in as many places throughout the world as possible. After that I’ll be behind the lens.

What is your proudest skiing accomplishment?

Skiing in Kashmir with Soulryders Productions. It was there I made a first descent in a zone never skied before. The helicopter pilot was the same pilot who flew for the making of the Hobbit (the Lord of the Rings series) in New Zealand. When we met up for drinks with him later, I found out they named the Zone after Soulryders since we skied it first. How cool is that?

Are you a skier for life? Was there a defining moment that made you realize this?

I've known this since I was 3. My dad was an Austrian immigrant and I am the youngest of 4 kids. We all were alpine ski racers. My sister Heather won states 5 years in a row but was awarded the the Cup only 4 times because she was not eligible in 8th grade to beat the older kids. My brother Chip also won it and Karin, the oldest busts out 360s 80s style when I can get her on the mountain. I think they called them helicopters back then. I was bred for this line of work no doubt. Defining moment? First cliff I aired! One taste of adrenaline had me go from ski racing to freeride. Next thing you know I'm washing dishes in Crested Butte and sleeping on floors to support my skiing addiction.

What do you enjoy most about skiing?

The thrill of sending off a huge cliff. I'm addicted to it.

Describe your dream run:

The voice of Ron Swanson seems to be narrating this to set the mood: Cottonwood Canyon. 3 months after Z-Day in the distant future. The Zombie apocalypse has wiped out all of SLC. No more pesky tourists roam the canyon anymore, it's just us ski bums up here living one day at a time like some silly alcoholics anonymous slogan. I was with my friend Jeremiah Watt when it happened. We were shooting a freeride series for La Sportiva when the epidemic broke out. Now we are doomed to ski epic fresh powder everyday all alone in these vast mountains. Today we will wake up when we feel like it, because we don't have worry about breaking trail with a bunch of deutsche bags slowing us down or snaking our lines. The hike will be pleasant because the storm cleared last night breaking way to what we call a bluebird day. After digging a precautionary pit to test the snow pack, we summit Mt Superior. No need to worry about slabs being cut above us, everybody else is dead and there is nobody left to make bad decisions. We point it down Pinball Alley floating back and forth like TJ Burke & Dexter Rutecki. I'm obviously Dexter in this fantasy! After another climb we charge down Suicide Chutes. OH the irony! Full blown face shots fill my lungs as I struggle not to scream YEHAW so I don’t wake the dead literally. What? The taps at the Peruvian are still working and Co2 kept the beer fresh? Turns out our women were alive the whole time. We found Judy & Jennifer kicking it at the bar. Oh & Jeremiah's son Alexander is there too having a cold one with a hotty on his arm. What? I said it was the distant future and this is my dream run.

Top five favorite movies:

Better Off Dead, Caddy Shack, Ski Patrol, Hot Dog, & Aspen Extreme

What do you do to train for races?

Races? Only when the cops are chasing me. Seriously ask around they'll tell you...

Top five favorite books:

Training for Climbing, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Paradise Lost, Jitterbug Perfume, & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

What’s the longest you’ve spent on a single skimo expedition?

I'd say 13 hours in the Mt Baker backcountry. Heading up in the dark to film a sunrise line down Mini AK. Skiing all day and skinning back to the car in the dark.

Top five favorite musical groups:

Johnny Cash, SayVinyl, David Allan Coe, Suicide Machines, & Nathaniel Rateliff

What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a race?

Furthest I traveled for a film location was India but Russia is in the cards for 2014

Top five favorite foods/meals:

Geno's Steak, Garlic Burger from the Cotton Bottom, Cheesesteak at Moochies, Whoopie Pies made by legit Amish & CC Peppers......cheesesteak BOOM!

Briefly describe your most memorable moment while skiing:

A few near death experiences but I like this one. I was skiing at Tussey Mountain Pennsylvania with Scott Hanna when I was kid. He hit the infamous....well to us anyway, "Stump Jump". The jump was right inbetween 2 trees. He tore off 1/2 his ear on a tree branch mid air. He went to the ER, had it sown up and was back on the mountain for night skiing.

Are injuries a part of skiing? What’s your general mentality for handling injuries?

Injuries are just a question of when if you're truly sending it. I was with Parker Cook during the Salt Lake Shoot out when I jumped off a rock and fell about 200 yards tearing my left ACL, MCL, & Menisucs. My meniscus was so messed up, doctors had to operate the next day on my birthday! I've had my right ACL repaired on my knee as well as 3 hernias. Oh and I have degenerate disc disease in my back.... almost forgot. You cannot let them get to your head. Your next season will not be the same but you’ll be good the season after. Take your physical therapy SERIOUS. I use doctors and physical therapists that are specialized in working on athletes.

Top five hobbies when you’re not skiing:

Climbing & skiing...what else is there?

If you had to ski one mountain for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Alta of course