We first noticed Greg Petrics and the famousinternetskiers in December of 2009. A early winter storm had dumped rain on most of the east coast, but at the highest elevations on the Green Mountain spine, skiable snow had accumulated.
The photos and accounts posted by Petrics and FIS on their website captured my imagination. Who were these guys, who were doing exactly what I wished I was doing, while I was at work?
It wasn’t long before everyone in the ski blogosphere knew of them, and knew they’d raised the bar. Greg Petrics, a founding member of FIS, agreed to answer a few questions. Our interview follows.
NYSB: Where and when did you start skiing? Did you dig it from the beginning?
Greg Petrics: PICO! Age 2. Liked it, but didn’t love it. I was cold most of the time, and the fact that I never knew what it was like NOT knowing how to ski kept me from appreciating what’s so awesome about it: the freedom. What other sport lets you fly over such great distances at will, and at such speed?! I didn’t figure out how awesome this phenomenon was until I got older.
What’s your favorite lift-served mountain in the Northeast?
Tough call. I like Cannon Mountain a lot. Like… a lot a lot. I love the view from Vistaway, and the actual trail “Cannon” (especially the upper part) has to be the coolest trail in the northeast; relentlessly twisting around. Jester at Sugarbush is similar, but Cannon does it way better. Tramline is awesome because it’s the only trail I can think of that has relentless fall line skiing from top to bottom; no intro, no outro, just BANG… vertical fall line skiing. If Cannon Mountain got Green Mountain spine snow, it’d be on par with the best ski areas in the world. When the Nor’Easters are firing, and NH is getting tagged with pow, I can’t think of a place I’d rather be.