Tobin Seagel is a Whistler-based skier who spends most of the winter chasing powder, pillows, spines and big lines in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Tobin was born and raised in North Vancouver, where his parents used the local mountains as a babysitting service, dropping him and his friends off to ski most days after school. As a teenager, Tobin got a little distracted from skiing by climbing—he competed at several of the Junior World Championships in sport climbing, and even managed a few 5.14’s back before 5.14’s weren’t just warmups for teenagers. Outside of skiing, Tobin works as a professional biologist, analyzing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of energy development.
Though he never tires of exploring his home range, each year he also tries to gain perspective and new experiences by pursuing a few dream lines abroad. Tobin has skied around the world, in Baffin Island, the Aleutians Islands, the St. Elias Range, the Alaska Range, the Tombstones, La Grave, Chamonix, Italy, Norway, and Argentina, to name a few.
- Pioneering and/or repeating dozens of big line descents in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, and always searching for new terrain to ski
- Surviving expeditions to Baffin Island, the St. Elias Range, the Tombstone Range, Norway, Kashmir, the Alps, and South America
- Summiting and skiing Denali, the highest point in North America
- Unintentionally skiing from Mt. Logan, the highest peak in Canada, in a four-day push while waiting for a ride out of the St. Elias Range
- Skiing multiple steep lines on various Cascade volcanoes, including Rainier, Baker, Shasta, Adams, and Hood
- Skiing from the summit of Shishaldin in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during a brief respite between gale force storms
- Balancing a career as a biologist with a career and passion in skiing
- Combining two of my life’s biggest passions, climbing and skiing, and using them to chase bigger and bigger lines that are a little off the beaten path
Videos Ft. Tobin
Black Diamond Presents: Tobin Seagel—Moving Through Mountains
Tobin's Top Gear Picks
"Simply put, these are my dream skis. The 115s for pillows and spines, and the 107s for when things start getting steep."
Boundary Pro 115 Ski
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