The Wild Podcast
The Wild Podcast
Apr 14, 2020
#30 Sam Smoothy - Risk & Reward Skiing the World's Gnarliest Mountains
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Sam Smoothy is a New Zealand professional freeride skier and filmmaker who pushes the limits of what's possible on some of the world's most threatening mountains. Sam competed on the Freeride World Tour for close to a decade before deciding to focus on making epic ski films.

In this episode, we talk about Sam's backstory and how he was thrust into the world of skiing from an extremely young age (we're talking from just a few weeks old). We go into a couple of his film projects, including the documentary 'Skypiercer' about climbing up and skiing down Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, and infiltrating the iron curtain of North Korea.

We also talk about flow states, balancing risk and reward in an environment where one wrong decision could end everything, and the joy and interconnectedness of nature.

If you enjoy a good adventure story with some deep and meaningful chats sprinkled in, you're going to love this episode with Sam Smoothy.


There are a tonne of extras for this episode. To truly appreciate this conversation, you should go and check out the following films.

Skypiercer (the Mount Cook documentary)

Inside North Korea

Sam's Near Death Crash

Sam on the Freeride World Tour in what's described as "the best run ever"

There are a whole lot more you can check out on Youtube.

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