Halfpipe, slopestyle and rails all came natural to Walter, as did rotating in all directions and soaring high in the air.
Walter Scott Wood was born in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado between large snow flakes during a blizzard. Learning to ski at the age of three he quickly developed a love for the outdoors.His parents both being ski patrollers took Walter along to explore the mountains. After free skiing for years under the supervision of the local ski patrollers he started competing in Freestyle Mogul, Aerial and Big Mountain events. Quickly his parents noticed Walter had a gift and passion not only for skiing the backcountry and moguls, but also found him more in the air than in the mogul field. By the age of 13, Walter was a dedicated athlete with a dream and self guided path of becoming a professional skier. He attended public high school, trained on weekends and managed his time between schoolwork, training, travelling and graduating one year early at the age of 17.
Halfpipe, slopestyle and rails all came natural to Walter, as did rotating in all directions and soaring high in the air. By the young age of 16, Walter competed in his first X- Games and stood on the podium with the only American flag at the first World Cup Halfpipe competition on US soil. He was invited with the best in the world to compete in the first Inaugral European X-Games and is a favorite among fans both in the U.S. and abroad. With his natural talent, outgoing personality and dedication to the sport of skiing, it is without a doubt Walter’s success is only a brief preview of what his future holds. A boy born between the snowflakes is ready to take on the blizzard.
What Marker bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
Marker Jester Pro are my bindings of choice. This heavy duty binding keeps my skis on my feet and allow me to perform high level tricks without concern of pre-releasing.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
16-18, but I usually increase the din setting on competition day.
Favorite skier: Jen Hudak
Ski hero growing up: CR Johnson
Home mountain: Vail
Ideal day in the mountains: Early morning Halfpipe training session that includes hiking the pipe several times and learning some new tricks. Freeskiing in the afternoon with a couple laps through the local park.
How would you describe your style: Creative
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career. Competing in my first X Games at 16 years old.
Favorite place to ride: Vail Mountain on a powder day!
Best snow trip: Tignes France for the European X Games 2010
What age did you start to ski: 3
What cant you live without: my iphone Favorite phone App. Tiny Wings or Angry Birds
Goals and plans: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games