Clayton Vila is one of the hardest working and most accomplished street skiers in the world. On this episode of the “Sponsored” podcast, Vila and host Mike Powell discuss how he got into street skiing as a kid from Rhode Island, and the consequences of pursuing creativity over competition.
“The K2 team had a bunch of dudes and none of them competed,” says Vila. “These people are backing people who are just doing what I want to do and skiing with the utmost integrity and pushing skiing in other ways beyond competition, which was why it was like, ‘wow, if I get in with these dudes I might be able to make it.”
In addition to being one of the most influential contemporary skiers in the world, Vila is also a filmmaker (at the 2015 Powder Awards, Vila took home Movie of the Year for his role starring and producing For Lack of Better. He now lives in LA and works on the show “Scandal,” but he has no intention of not skiing urban.
“It may be one of the more wearing sports mentally, in terms of the work ethic, and just being in crappy cities, being in hotels, it being negative 20 in Minnesota filming your friends and your fingers are falling off and you have nothing to show for it at the end of the day,” says Vila. “That whole thing wears on you, but I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.”
You can listen to the full episode here.
2:00: Last Season
4:00: Block Island
5:00: How did Clayton get into skiing on an island?
6:00: Waterville Valley
11:05: Meeting the Stept Crew
13:00: Getting on K2
15:55: It’s not about skiing
26:30: Powder Awards Movie of the Year
“Sponsored” is a weekly show hosted by Mike Powell that goes deep into the lives and stories of professional skiers. For more Powder Radio, check out “The Storytellers” podcast, which goes behind the scenes with POWDER.
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