An east-coast native and Volkl team rider since 2003, Matt Philippi enjoyed his best competition season in 2009. He won the European Open, claimed 2nd at the US Freeskiing Open, and finished the season ranked 5th in the world on the AFP Halfpipe list.
Philippi has since shifted his focus to bigger mountains and deeper snow. Now concentrating on backcountry jib skiing, Philippi’s goal is to put together a film segment that displays both his passion for the mountains and his ability in the air.
In addition to skiing halfpipes and fresh snow across the globe, Philippi started The FullCircle Project, a community service and skiing trip. Last summer, Matt and some other Völkl riders helped rebuild Chile after a massive earthquake and tsunami, which struck in February 2010, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. In 2011, the crew is heading to the highlands of Peru to plant 1,000 fruit trees and to install the necessary irrigation as part of a sustainable agriculture project. Check it out at www.TheFullCircleProject.com!
I use the Jester pro and the Duke for touring. I mount the Shiro at +2cm from the Volkl Reference and I mount the Chopstick at the Freestyle Volkl Reference.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
Favorite skier: Candide Thovex
Ski hero growing up: Candide Thovex
Ideal day in the mountains: A storm day at the resort… dark, cold, and windy with no one there but my friends.
How would you describe your style: Changing
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career.Winning the East Coast Open in 2004.
Favorite place to ride: Secret locations deep in the Wyoming backcountry. Snowmobile access only!
Best snow trip: The last filming trip of the year for EpicTV’s The Buddy System in late April in Wyoming, there was doubt that we would find good snow but we waited the spring storms, snowmobiled up to high elevation, and had the best few days of skiing and filming all season long. Whew!
What age did you start to ski: 2
What cant you live without: Coffee
Favorite phone App: Instagram, duh. @mattphilippi
Goals and plans: Keep learning, challenging, and scaring myself in bigger and bigger mountains!