September 7, 2017
Meet Corey Seemann. If you haven’t already heard of this kid, you better start paying attention. Born and raised in Vail, Colorado, Corey is gaining a name for himself through his skiing exploits and contagious stoke. Corey checked in with BCA to talk about this past winter and what he has been up to this summer.
Name: Corey Seemann
Age: 26 years old (getting younger every day)
From: Vail, Colorado
Now Lives: Whitefish, Montana
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How did you get your start in skiing?
I grew up in Vail Colorado. My dad, an old school big-dog race coach, got me into ski racing pretty early. From racing, I transitioned to competing in half-pipe. I struggled in half-pipe comps because I always wanted to go big and more often than not, I would crash trying something crazy. Growing up in Vail was a ton of fun. Especially in my generation, there is a really solid group of skiers who came out of the Vail Valley.
Corey’s dad lettin’ er rip!
Corey sending one big during his halfpipe days
How did you end up in Montana?
When I graduated from high school, I moved up to Bozeman to start school at Montana State University to study Business Management and Aviation. It took me seven years to graduate, and in that time I became a professional ski bum. I would go to school for fall semester and then would go travel for skiing during the winter. It was awesome.
This past year, I moved up to Whitefish, Montana so that I could be closer to B.C. and a little farther away from the female distractions down in Bozeman. The terrain in Montana is pretty hard to beat. Having Whitefish and the surrounding backcountry right out my back door is amazing.
How did you get into flying?
My mother Kittie Seeman, a renowned bush pilot in Alaska, had a big role in peaking my interest in flying. She started K2 Aviation out of Talkeetna, flying some of the early climbing pioneers out to Denali. By now, I have just about every flying certification that you can get. If a career in skiing doesn’t work out for me, it’s nice to have something like that in your back pocket.
What were some highlights from your 2017 winter?
This winter was incredible. One highlight was that I had an opportunity to go heli-skiing with CMH and CAPOW guides as guest-coach/athlete. I had some of the best days of my life on this trip. I got to ski with some amazing clients, stacked some great shots, and skied some of the deepest snow of my life. It was a truly phenomenal trip.
Corey crushing pillows in East Vail during a March storm cycle
What do you do during the summer?
During the summers, I make my way up to Northern Wisconsin where my family has a lake cottage in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. This time really allows to take a step back from the go-go-go mentality of a busy winter ski season. Out there, my family has this small bush plane that I’ll take out flying, do some aerobatics and keep the head filled with blood.
When I’m up in Wisconsin, I also spend a lot of time waterskiing. I grew up on a competitive waterski show team and now I do private waterskiing lessons for people. I had a pretty influential coach growing up, so it has been really cool to pass that knowledge and stoke for the sport on to other people.
In the summer, when not out flying or waterskiing, Corey likes to go REALLY fast in his hand-built Jet Boat.
Do you have any goals for this upcoming winter?
About 5 years ago, I saw this line in the Mission Range of Montana, called Gray Wolf. It’s a steep sustained couloir that takes a full three day expedition to get done. A few people have skied it, but in a ski-mountaineering, hop turn style. When I saw this line, I knew I wanted to straight-line it. If I want to do this, I really have to get the line in a spring storm cycle with new snow snow and good stability.
For for the past three years, I’ve gotten shut down. This past year was especially hard. I had a full film crew with me and the conditions were about as close to perfect as they had ever been. We started up the line and really started to realize that although the snow conditions were phenomenal; they weren’t as stable as I would have liked it to be. What was especially frustrating was that it wasn’t black and white. The conditions weren’t so dangerous that it was an immediate red flag but, just unstable enough to make us not feel 100% confident about skiing the line. By this point, I had been researching this line for years so it was extremely hard to have to turn around. Ultimately, I know that the line will be there in the future and that when the stars finally align, I will be there to ski it.
In addition to your avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe, What is something that you always carry with you when you are in the Backcountry?
Over the years, I’ve learned to always carry an emergency locator beacon. When you are way out in the backcountry, and out of cell service, you can get yourself into a lot of trouble if can’t get ahold of anyone. A locator beacon, like a SPOT device, is a great thing to carry for those times that don’t go exactly as planned. Oh… and no matter what, I always carry a Montucky Cold Snack.
Thanks for checking in with us Corey!
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