Johnny Collinson is not a stranger to being in the news. At the ripe old age of 19 he has already summited the highest peak on all 7 continents, won a coveted TBL Sick Bird Buckle for his antics on the Junior Freeskiing World Tour, held down major sponsors like The North Face and Black Diamond and even graduated high school. A true Snowbird Local Johnny has lived his entire life in a small apartment in “The Hilton”, Snowbird’s employee housing, with his parents, Jim and Deb, and his super skier sister Angel. Johnny’s dad Jim is one of the top dogs on the Snowbird Ski Patrol’s snow safety division and is an original gangster of Wasatch backcountry skiing. Jim is mentioned as an legend in Andrew McLean’s The Chuting Gallery. Looks like the apple does fall pretty close to the tree. The Collinson’s are a skiing family through and through and they are a big part of what makes Snowbird great.
Just a few days ago Johnny was interviewed by the good folks at ESPN about his upcoming ski season and his advice for the rippers of the future. He will be skipping some comps in favor of travel this year. Sounds like a good plan if you are into soft landings and deep pow.
Johnny or John?
What do your parents call you?
Slow down. Shut Up.
Who would win in a ski race: you or your sister [two-time FWT champ Angel Collinson]? Angel would kick my butt. There is a reason I started freeskiing before her. She raced for a year longer than me. I raced from when I was 11 to 16. Then I jumped off that boat.