The correct slow-motion moment in a video edit is everything. Over the last few years, Stept Productions and 4bi9 have mastered this editing technique, highlighting the nuances of a rail tap or a tweak of a grab that otherwise go missing to an untrained eye. The result is a greater appreciation of those skiers with truly great style. Brady Perron is one of those skiers that has benefitted from this technique. The Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire, skier turned Utah-based style impresario spoke with POWDER.com on a chairlift about the aesthetics of good skiing.
POWDER: We’re here to talk about style, so let’s start off with yours. It’s very low-impact. You’re not exactly slamming your shit off of stuff. It’s mellow, smooth, and something that a lot of people seem to appreciate.
Brady Perron: I’ve had a lot of influences. Some of the stuff I’m onto is a little bit finesse. Other is more provocative. As far as influences go, the newer ones of the last five years have been Henrik [Harlaut] and Phil [Casabon], Liam Downey…he has crazy finesse. Before that, Mikael [Deschenauz], Candide [Thovex], and Tanner [Hall]. There’s really just too many to name. It’s growing, we have a bigger sport now.
Style keeps diversifying, getting more and more unique each year. How far can that go? How far can people go on being unique before it starts to look goofy?
There’s a fine line between something being cool and totally whack like taking your ski off and playing it like a guitar. As long as people are coming original, that’s really important. Being original brings characters to the sport, instead of just skill. Skill obviously has to do with style and trick choice as well and those two things colliding, but you have to come original in your character that’s everlasting. That’s healthy for the sport, instead of it being just a commodity. We need more people to be themselves so this thing can be everlasting.
We were talking about style, and being original. What makes your style original?
I think I’m a hybrid of a bunch of different people. I have a combination of different styles that makes mine somewhat original. I use my body size to my advantage in using my skis different ways.
How many ways can one person do a cork 5?
How many different ways? Oh my… Different grabs, different spins… A cork 5 is endless. If I had to give a number…the 250 mark. And all of them look good usually.
If you had to do one trick for an entire season, what would it be?
There’s tricks I wish I could do for an entire season, but as far as what I can do, I wish I could always go through kinks in a nose press or tail press. Maybe be able to pop out of it. Also, skiing switch. I wish I could ski switch in pow for a long time. Forward too, but switch is easier on the knees.
Where can people see your style?
I have some shots in the 4bi9 movie, which I’m super hyped on. Their movie is going to be pretty thorough as far as [the type of skiing represented]. And hopefully I’ll have a seg in the new Inspired flick that Phil [Casabon] and Henrik [Harlaut] and Paul [Bergeron] are putting together. There isn’t a name yet. It’ll be out this fall. I’m not sure of a date just yet. Those guys are really killing it with their demo tour.
Filming used to be for the haves—expensive cameras and editing equipment—and is now for anyone. Anybody can make a film now. You’re mainly a skier that’s gotten to where you are today because of this, through the edits you’ve put out or been featured in.
I’d pay anything to be where I am to filming and all of my…I guess you could call it success? I think it’s successful because I’ve been having a blast. It’s healthy living. Without filming, I wouldn’t be seen or known whatsoever. Without filming in skiing, it’d be a little touchy. It’d turn skiing into that commodity business we were just talking about.