James Heim cut his teeth skiing in the Monashee Mountains in the West Kootenay Region of British Columbia, Canada. Known for his jaw-dropping descents of some of the biggest lines in skiing, James Heim (or Heimer as he is sometimes called) has been pushing the boundaries of the sport into new realms.
Tell us a little bit about growing up and skiing in British Columbia. What is it about the mountains there that keep you coming back for more?
Growing up and skiing Red Mountain BC was amazing. It really was the perfect training ground to learn how to ski any type of terrain. If you can ski all the runs there you can ski anywhere. BC in general has some of the best terrain of anywhere I have skied and it is the combination of terrain and consistent snow conditions which keep me skiing BC the majority of every season.
How was skiing changed in the last 5 years?
The biggest change in skiing in the last five years is the amount of people that are pursuing powder skiing and the backcountry. The new technology in all ski products has made the mountains much more accessible for a larger range of skier. I love hearing about people touring for the first time or their first time actually having fun in really deep snow.
Last year, you traveled to Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru to attempt a ski descent of a 6000m peak. Tell us a little bit about this experience. How was skiing and climbing at serious altitude different for you?
My trip to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru was an amazing learning experience. I had a lot of firsts on this trip including, first to 6000m, first real ski mountaineering trip and first time to Peru. I really enjoyed the difficulty climbing and trying to stay in good health while acclimatizing. We unfortunately didn’t get to ski a lot but that is all part of the adventure of trying to ski in these types of mountains. We had a great crew and that was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
Can you give us any sneak peaks into your filming season this year? What are the big trips that you’ve got lined up?
This season is lining up to be a great filming year and I’m looking forward to my first trip on the 16th of January. I will be heading in with MSP to Monashee Cat’s for our first trip in the interior of BC. They have been getting dumped on this season so I think we are going to have a great trip there. After that the plans are not 100% but I would like to stay in BC until early spring chasing the weather and trying to get some lines around Whistler that I wasn’t able to ski last season. And for the spring I would like to head to Alaska and really try to get on some bigger lines up there.