Tom Grant - Scarpa

Tom Grant

I grew up playing football and running track and cross-country races. One of my early athletic achievements was in 1997 when I broke my elementary school’s long-held record for running the mile. It wasn’t until 1999 aged 13 I first strapped on a pair of skis, so I feel like I’m still making up for lost time. The first week I skied though I did manage to win a slalom race against kids who had all been skiing before. Since then I have worked hard to become the best skier I can, pursuing steep skiing and freeride. This has led me to ski first descents and technical big mountain lines around the world from the Alps to Norway, New Zealand, Alaska, British Columbia and Baffin Island. I’m also an active alpinist and all-round climber, being particularly interested in crack climbing. 

I work as an IFMGA guide and absolutely love my job. I work independently guiding and coaching clients in skiing and climbing in technical terrain and with small groups. I try to balance my guiding work with my own projects as an athlete as best I can. I’m constantly trying to develop myself as a better skier and climber, it’s a lifelong process but I’m always psyched!


-Hometown-

I was born in Arlington, Virginia, USA. However, my home has been Chamonix since 2009.

-Projects-

My main focus is on steep skiing and freeride but I’m passionate about all aspects of skiing and climbing. I love searching out big and beautiful lines that can be skied in good style. I am also an active alpinist and rock climber and combine alpinism with big mountain skiing. Besides skiing and climbing I like to trail run and lift weights to train for the mountains. I have a young son who is a huge focus and priority in my life. I have recently got into skateboarding through taking him on his scooter to skateparks.

-Successes-

Becoming an IFMGA guide has been a huge milestone in my life and something I’m very proud of. It was an 8 year process of realizing a dream and something now that is the cornerstone of my lifestyle in the mountains.

I’ve skied steep first descents in the Alps, New Zealand, Baffin Island and British Colombia. Skiing the Caroline Face on Mt. Cook has maybe been the highlight of my steep skiing so far. It was possibly one of the very biggest unskied lines in the world. Skiing the first repeat descent since 1975 of the Sentinel Rouge couloir on Mont Blanc (in 2013) was also a milestone for me. It was a committing descent and a really cool aesthetic line on a historical and mythical face.

Skiing powder from the Summit of Denali and down the famous Messner Couloir and then skiing of the Kalhiltna Queen in Alaska were recent skiing highlights. The Kalhiltna Queen was a very technical and aesthetic line which probably hadn't been skied from the summit before without an abseil.

-Favourite Scarpa-

I absolutely love the Maestrale XT for everyday free-riding, touring and when I want to charge on big lines. It's the highest performing touring boot that I have ever used and its light weight means I don't hesitate to take it to remote lines requiring a lot of climbing.

My preference for Mountain boots are the Ribelle Tech and new Phantom Tech. Both are phenomenally light and comfortable but it is the precision and feel climbing that makes these boots game changers in their respective categories. I am not sure how SCARPA does it. 

-No Place too Far-

Concerns for the environment and money aside, if I could go anywhere in the world it would be to ski the sickest Alaskan spines with an unlimited Heli budget until my legs were so burnt out I could no longer stand. And with every day would be perfect bluebird.

 

 


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Photo Credit - Ben Tibbetts

Photo Credit - Ben Tibbetts, Jake Holland, Johanna Stalnacke, Cornel Boesch, Dave Searle

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