The Sammy C Project
Sammy Carlson's Next Move
Sammy Carlson has been a mainstay in the freeskiing world since he won his first X Games medal the year before graduating high school. Now 25, he's choosing to give up FIS-level competition to focus on a new two-year film project.
His film project, a collaboration with Teton Gravity Research, will debut in the fall of 2015. The film's working title is the Sammy C Project. Here, Carlson shoots for the film at Mount Hood, Oregon.
"Over the past few years with TGR, we've formed a great working relationship," says Carlson. "They're working with the best camera equipment in the game."
Carlson isn't the first athlete to take a step back from competition to focus on solo film parts. Tanner Hall, Tom Wallisch, Candide Thovex, Grete Eliassen and others have all followed a similar path to on-screen stardom.
One of a Kind
Sammy Carlson has been a lone skier at Snowboarder Magazine's Superpark event in recent years. In other words, he's never been afraid to go against the grain.
Carlson has two X Games gold medals -- one from Slopestyle in 2011 and one from the Real Ski Backcountry video contest in 2013, proving he's just as skilled on a contest venue as he is in front of the lens.
Here's Carlson on top of the podium at X Games Tignes 2013, after winning the first Real Ski Backcountry video contest.
That Magic Feeling
"Contests didn't give me the same feeling I had before," Carlson said about his decision to step back from competing. "I had to recognize that and be real with myself."
Stoke the Engine
Carlson in the backcountry of Revelstoke, British Columbia, while filming for the tentatively-titled Sammy C Project.
To the Max
"We want to make the epic ski movie," Carlson says about his latest film project. "We want to take our time, really explore and push the skiing and filming to the max."