Caleb Brown is an Icebreaker sponsored athlete who we are proud to support as he climbs his way to the top of Canada’s competitive free skiers.
“It has been a few years since Jackson Hole hosted a Free skiing World Tour, and this year was no different than the last; huge hucks and crazy crashes amongst the legendary Jackson Hole terrain.
My friend Aaron Schmidt and I are both from Fernie, BC and we were pumped to be able to make our down for the big competition. Day One of the Tour was warm and sunny, and the venue had lots of options, with some chances for big airs. Aaron was skiing before me and decided to tee up one of the bigger airs in the venue (which was the winning line in 2008). ‘Oh I’m going to stomp it for sure’, Aaron had said to me. I was confident that he was confident but when he came off the cliff with perfect form the landing cut him up like a garbage dispenser. I remember grinding my teeth as I watched him tumble with his 192 size skis on. He got up and tapped his head letting the judges and viewers that he was OK and skied to the finish. ‘Careful Caleb’, he said to me, ‘the snow is weird and there are a lot of rocks showing in the entrance you want to take’. I considered his advice and chose a slightly different line, which worked out perfectly as I moved on to the finals in a comfortable 3rd place.
What really helped me on this day, was that I was wearing several layers of Icebreaker which I was able to shed, each layer one by one as I needed during the sunny hike up to the start gate. And consequentially, put them back on, once I got to the top, to keep me warm. My favorite thing about Icebreaker is the helmet compatible hoods. I wear a full face helmet everyday and having a hood that fits underneath it is really hard to find.
So the final day arrived, I was well rested and was fully confident that I had picked out a winning line. Aaron had made a snow couch and was cheering me on. I was standing in the start gate warm and ready. I skied my line almost perfectly, and got to the bottom stoked, and watched eagerly as the two men ahead of me did their final run. ‘It’s going to be tight’, remarked Aaron after watching the last two competitors ski. And tight it was, I bumped Corey Felton into third and moved into second place behind Jesse Bryan who held onto his top spot. It was a pretty good outcome, I almost did what I went there to do. There’s always next time. Jackson Hole, I’ll see you again soon. Thanks Icebreaker for being part of the ride”.
- Caleb Brown, Icebreaker sponsored athlete