Johnny grew up skiing at Snowbird and Alta ski resorts in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Traveling to climb and ski around the western US with his family inspired him at a young age to pursue a life in the mountains. At 17, Johnny went on a quest to climb the Seven Summits in one year. He accomplished this, skiing off of three summits, which inspired him to always ski the mountains he climbs. Since then, Johnny has been lucky enough to travel the globe with film crews documenting what skiers do. Skiing has brought him to many corners of the globe to sample powder in Japan, pillows in BC, spines in AK, big mountain lines in Greenland and countless other unforgettable destinations. Any day on skis is a good day for Johnny, shredding resort laps at Alta or creeping through foggy ridgetops in Greece. Apart from the strange act of sliding across frozen water on two planks, skiing and climbing seem to bring together a unique group of people that love the mountains, and this is what Johnny loves as well—meeting new faces that all share the same passion and stoke. He hope to see you all out in the hills!
Discipline: Big Mountain Skiing
Hometown: Snowbird, UT
Currently Living: Sandy, UT
Climbed the Seven summits in one Year at 17 years old
Won the Junior Freeskiing Overall the same year
2nd place at Red Bull Powder Disorder
Filmed with Sherpas Cinema for “All.I.Can” and “Into the Mind”
Filmed with TGR for “Almost Ablaze”
Won Best Powder award for segment in “Almost Ablaze”
When did you first start skiing?
Before the diapers came off. (not sure if that’s a late diaper change or an early start in the hills…)
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
The freedom to use the mountain as your canvas and then painting it up!
How do you define success?
Coming home safely everyday with a sunburn and a grin!
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
Super proud of my sister! And also proud to live a life that I love and have the ability to appreciate it.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are my mom, dad, sister. Icons in the sport are Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Sean Pettit, JP Auclair and anyone who loves to ski as much as me!
What inspires you?
The mountains, especially when fatty flakes are falling!
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
I love climbing, running and a cool beer never hurt anyone…
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Throwing snowballs at nearby humans.
What are your hidden talents?
Unicycling? I also make a mean breakfast burrito.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
I really love Nepal—the culture there is very cool, especially in the mountain valleys, but also Greenland. Greenland just feels so pure and unexplored. You can look out over the mountains and feel like you are the only one in the world. It’s a special place for sure.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think an architect. It worked out—I’m an Architect of Adventure! hahaha
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
I would… change my brain around so I could speak every language in the world, because that would be super sick.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Scare yourself everyday!!
Describe your perfect day:
My perfect day would be waking up in a tent deep in the backcountry to two feet of stable blower conditions surrounded by steep spine lines. Shred all day, come down, cook up anything, 'cause it all tastes good after a sick day, drink a beer, look at all your tracks, have a fire to dry out your mittens, then climb into a sleeping bag with a beautiful babe!
How would your friends describe you?
They’d say I look like a chick I bet, and that I laugh real funny.