Off-Hill Training Tips From Pro Freeskier Matt Margetts

Photo by Aaron Blatt. Courtesy
Photo by Aaron Blatt. Courtesy

Matt Margetts is one of freeskiing’s most vibrant personalities. A few years ago the Canadian Ski Halfpipe team took notice of his considerable skills. Since joining the team, Margetts has been training harder than ever – mostly outside the gym – with his sights set on the 2014 Olympics.

Born in Penticton BC, Marg – as everyone calls him – spent his boyhood on Skaha Lake in the summer while ripping up the slopes of Apex Mountain in the winter.

“Although commonly known as a halfpipe skier,” says Jeff Schmuck of, “he has put down numerous head-turning performances in elite slopestyle contests and can walk just as tall both in the backcountry and on or around street rails. Margetts has been one to watch in the pages of ski magazines all over the world, to exciting segments in Theory-3, Rage, Voleurz and Poor Boyz films, to appearances on the grandest stage of them all at X Games. And if it has snow on it (or not), Margetts can ski it, and as well as anyone.”

Check this Kids Concept edit of Margetts on the halfpipe:

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According to ESPN, “The first skier to land a double cork 900, Margetts is yet another Canadian pipe specialist who has a knack for throwing technical tricks like rightside 1080s and double cork 1260s.  A great all-around rider, Margetts has parlayed his park skills into the backcountry.”

Career Highlights:

4th 2013 World Cup, Spain

5th 2012 North Face Open – Superpipe

2nd 2011 European Freeski Open – Superpipe

2nd 2011 North Face Park and Pipe Open – Superpipe

He’s looking for help to get him to Sochi, Russia, this February for the Games. If you donate $100, there’s a free pair of Teva sandals in it for you!

Matt Margetts is a Teva athlete. For more on Teva’s athletes, click here.

Check these off-season training tips courtesy of Marg: