Journalist, Adventurer, Singer, Freerider and Free spirit!
Number of countries skied in: 69
Number of days on skis: 4000+
Number of published articles: 450+
Number of published countries: 20
Number of magazine cover photos: 37
Number of ski TV programs hosted: 7
About Born Skier: “bornskier.com is a great new web site for all people who share a love of skiing. Here you can find info about all sorts of ski areas from the world famous mega resorts to the tiny, obscure, spots at the outer limits of the ski world. There is something to suit every skier’s interest on this web site“.
Home Mountain: Saalbach
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, baseball, travel, singing and playing guitar
Jimmy Petterson is an American, educated at the University of Southern California. He could have spent his life as a teacher, molding young minds and preparing the next generation to take over our world. Instead, to his father’s great disappointment, he has spent most of the last 40 winters as a ski bum, during which time he has skied more than 500 ski resorts.
Jimmy’s obsessive pursuit of the ultimate ski run and the perfect powder dump has led him to take jobs including ski instructor, off-piste guide, travel guide, slope-side singer-entertainer, bar owner, hotelkeeper, ski travel arranger, and most recently ski writer and photographer. His work in that field has produced 37 magazine front covers and more than 450 published ski features.
Jimmy has skied in 69 countries during his search for ski nirvana, and his work has been published in 20 of those nations. In late 2005, he finished a mammoth project combining his ski adventures into a 440-page, 600-photo, coffee-table book called Skiing Around the World. This book includes information about skiing in such far-flung destinations as Bolivia, Iceland, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Soviet Georgia, Morocco, Greenland, India, Slovakia and Poland as well as all of the more conventional ski countries.
Jimmy has described how he came to develop this particular niche for skiing and reporting on obscure ski areas. Jimmy’s seminal work, Skiing Around the World, (www.skiingaroundtheworld.net) earned him both the 2006 Bill Berry Award for “outstanding contributions to skiing by the media”.
Shortly thereafter, Jimmy combined efforts with Finnish adventure-sports cinematographer and producer Ari Heinilä to create a 6-part TV series called Raider of the Lost Snow. The series was presented on Finland’s MTV3 in 2007, on Norway’s TV2 in 2008, and has been shown in more than 75 countries on Travel Channel. The series also received the Hirsch Award as well as the Warren Miller Modern Media Award.