Tommy Ellingson -- Mt. Hood Jumper Builder
Skier, coach and jump builder Tommy Ellingson is a freeskiing veteran. He's been going huge for more than a decade and shows no signs of slowing down.
Ellingson is a motivator of rare skill. By constantly pushing his own limits, he encourages others to push theirs, too. "[Tommy] used to tell me, 'You can do anything you want. If you feel it in your head, just do it,' " says pro skier Sammy Carlson.
A veteran jump builder, Ellingson's designs have grown more ambitious over time. In this photo, Ellingson and Josh Larkin session an innovative backcountry double jump this spring.
Another day, another double jump: This is how Tommy Ellingson spends his summers.
Some of Ellingson's more frequent collaborators are the Inspired crew, including Simon Ericsson, Henrik Harlaut and Paul Bergeron.
Ellingson's features tend to be photogenic. Here is one of his hip jumps over a rock in the Timberline backcountry in 2009.
Building backcountry jumps is always a community effort, and Shiva always gets to come along, as long as she doesn't chase the skiers too closely.
On Top of the Hood
Some features are bigger than others. Ellingson helped shape this monster step-up in 2010 for Sammy Carlson's movie "On Top Of the Hood." The build took four days.
The cork 720 trailing blunt grab is generally regarded as one of freestyle skiing's most stylish tricks. Ellingson has one of the best.