Becoming the Freeride World Tour's wildcard was a dream come true for Sierra Nevada athlete Tim Durtschi last winter. As a veteran film skier, Durtschi's made a name for himself by putting down impressive big mountain lines for the silver screen. Competing on the tour, however, is a whole different ball game from film production. You get one opportunity to impress the judges, and every fumble, back slap, and stomp goes into your final score. Last winter, fellow Atomic athlete Kai Jones, Colter Hinchliffe, and a TGR film crew joined Durtschi in Habuka, Japan, to document his first competition run for TGR's Make Believe.
In this episode of Behind the Line, follow along as Atomic's Tim Durtschi prepares for the big day. Learn why he has what it takes to go head to head with the other 23 competitors while reliving the excitement from Habuka.
Durtschi warming up with his Atomic Bent Chetlers before the big day. Eric Parker photo.
The competition was fierce in Habuka. Eric Parker photo.
Durtschi about to drop in and mark his mark on the course. Eric Parker photo.