Jake Sakson is simply taking it as it comes. The 22-year-old professional Telemarker and SCARPA athlete is currently calling Grand Targhee Resort his home turf, and skiing as much as possible. And he’s doing just fine. The former child actor found mountains more appealing than the stage and screen, and is fully playing the part. Competing in Alpine freeskiing events on pins, he’s proven he can hold his own—making it to the podium in a deep field of talent. He’s also a rising force for the Powderwhore film company, whose irreverent, yet grassroots appeal to ski films is a welcome perspective. We got a hold of the young gun and got some insight into the Sakson state of mind.
Where did you grow up? And who first put skis on your feet? I grew up in Carbondale, Colorado. My mom first strapped skis on my feet at a small mountain called Sunlight that to this day has some of the oldest chairlifts still operating. After straight-lining my first run, my mom bought me a helmet. I guess I liked to ski fast back then too.
You grew up snowboarding and alpine skiing, what caused you make the big switch to Telemark? In the winter 2006-07, I went to high school at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, which has an amazing Telemark program. I was drawn in by my fearless leader, Kayo Ogilby. I fell in love with the turn on my first day on the hill. It reinvigorated my love for skiing.