As a Canadian National Freestyle Team member Whistler skier Simon d’Artois spends a lot of time in the halfpipe.

“I guess the average is about 20 runs through the pipe each day,” he says, “and i get about 100 ski days a year….so yeah, like 2000 pipe runs each season.”

It’s paid off though. Simon brought home the gold medal at the 2015 Winter X-Games and is winding down his season back home in Whistler for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, where he intends to compete in all three ski competitions: halfpipe, slopestyle and big air.

The Insider caught up with simon for a couple days of lapping the Blackcomb terrain park.

Home Sweet Home.

Rich Glass Photo.


Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.