Freeskiing legend and Santa Cruz local Scot Schmidt comes full circle in Warren Miller’s latest installment
By Matt Niswonger • Photos courtesy of Warren Miller

It’s hard to believe that this winter’s Ticket to Ride will be Warren Miller’s 64th ski movie. In the past few decades the films have become one of the most recognized brands in the ski industry, as well as an annual pilgrimage for generations of skiers.

In a segment from the movie about the joys of Montana powder, ski buffs will recognize Scot Schmidt, one of the biggest names in freeskiing, and a veteran of many Warren Miller films during the 1980s and 1990s.

Graduating from high school in Helena, Montana in 1979, Scot traveled west to Squaw Valley to pursue a professional racing career. Instead he developed a reputation as a big air specialist.

Bolder than his contemporaries, Scot pioneered many of the …