Tim My­ers

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From hum­ble be­gin­nings in Tu­mut, Tim My­ers has worked his way up and through the Aus­tralian Ski in­dus­try. Orig­i­nally earn­ing his name as a cam­era­man in the Per­isher Me­dia depart­ment, Tim was in­stru­men­tal over the years in giv­ing win­ter sports and our ath­letes the lime­light and ex­po­sure they de­serve. Now the founder and di­rec­tor of The Toy­ota One Hit Won­der at Thredbo, Tim spends his time work­ing be­tween Amer­ica and Aus­tralia, film­ing, cre­at­ing, and keep­ing the dream alive.

CF: How did you get into ski­ing?

TM: You could prob­a­bly say I was born into ski­ing. My grand­fa­ther Col – who just hit 91 and still skis – put in the first lifts at the site of the old Kian­dra gold­fields, which were later moved to what’s now known as Sel­wyn Snow­fields. I went to school in Cabra­murra whilst liv­ing with my fam­ily at Sel­wyn dur­ing the win­ter months, so I lit­er­ally had a ski re­sort as a back­yard. I feel very lucky to have had that kind of child­hood.

When and how did you start film­ing?

I started do­ing mul­ti­me­dia at Charles Sturt Univer­sity. Dur­ing my fi­nal year I was spend­ing the se­mes­ter hol­i­days ski­ing for the Per­isher cam­era­man, which scored me a free pass. He was film­ing me ski some lines in Sun Val­ley when he got hit by a snow­boarder and that ended his sea­son… With two months of win­ter left, Per­isher pan­icked and, know­ing I had half a me­dia de­gree un­der my belt, hired me on the spot.

When and how did your pas­sion turn into more of a busi­ness?

Tech­ni­cally, I guess when I started get­ting paid for it. Hon­estly, I have trou­ble agree­ing with the adage “find your pas­sion and make it your pro­fes­sion…” I’m scared I might lose the pas­sion for ski­ing if I as­so­ci­ate it with busi­ness.

What is it about the ski in­dus­try that keeps you in­volved and giv­ing back?

Ski­ing has al­lowed me to travel the world, ex­pe­ri­ence ad­ven­ture and con­nect with peo­ple in a re­ward­ing way that is surely unique to the moun­tains. There is some­thing pro­foundly spe­cial about drag­ging an en­gorged ski bag be­hind you in the shadow of the Pyre­nees, more so than lin­ing up for a selfie in front of a feigned tourist at­trac­tion.

Well the Toy­ota One Hit Won­der for one thing. When and how did the idea to put on an event come about?

Af­ter spend­ing a suc­ces­sion of north­ern win­ters rid­ing the fa­mously big Mam­moth and June park lines, it was a bit un­der­whelm­ing com­ing back to Aus­tralia where 70-plus foot big air jumps were still con­sid­ered a li­a­bil­ity by the re­sorts. I knew that lo­cal Charles Beck­in­sale had a great rep­u­ta­tion for shap­ing the Whistler end of sea­son photo shoot booter. That was the key re­ally, know­ing that he could build it. I cre­ated the One Hit Won­der Down Un­der in 2009 as an ex­cuse to build my­self and some mates (in­clud­ing now event di­rec­tor An­dreas Gloor) a fun 90-plus foot end of sea­son ses­sion un­der the guise of a me­dia event, which was the sell to the re­sort. . I think one of the rea­sons it be­came so suc­cess­ful with ath­letes is be­cause while other sports events or fes­ti­vals fo­cus pri­mar­ily on the bot­tom line, our fo­cus has al­ways been on the an­gles of the jump fea­ture. Reuben Cameron has been shap­ing the jump for the past two years now, and the cal­i­bre of world class ath­letes lin­ing up to hit it is a tes­ta­ment to just how good his craft is.

Look­ing back, would you have done any­thing dif­fer­ently?

I wouldn’t have called it the One Hit Won­der if I’d known we’d reach eight evo­lu­tions and count­ing.

Do you still get to ski as much as you would like?

I’d ski ev­ery­day if I could, though the past few years I’ve been on-snow more or less year round. I’m based in Los An­ge­les now, so Bear and Mam­moth are an easy week­end away, Squaw when I have a spare week, the Valdez back­coun­try for a rare doco shoot.

What’s next?

The Toy­ota One Hit Won­der was the first big air of its kind in the world, boast­ing the big­gest jump in Aus­tralia and the first triple in south­ern hemi­sphere com­pe­ti­tion, but it still has a lot of room to grow. We quickly es­tab­lished a world tour event that be­came renowned among the world’s best freeski big air ath­letes, and I be­lieve we are en­ter­ing into “long­est run­ning Aus­tralian freeski com­pe­ti­tion” ter­ri­tory, so I would like to keep up the mo­men­tum. Watch this space.

Chill­fac­tor talks to three pas­sion­ate skiers who are in­ject­ing en­ergy and ideas into dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the Aus­tralian ski in­dus­try.

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