John Collinson

Pro Skier

Ask John

How would you describe yourself as an athlete?

I like to think of myself as “fluid” as an athlete. I enjoy many disciplines of skiing, as well as enjoying the mountains year-round as an athlete.

Which part of your personality is most represented by your disciplines?

I think pieces of my personality that are represented by backcountry skiing are patience and respect. I strive to keep an open mind in the mountains, being patient with conditions and respecting when it's go time, or time to go home. 

If you could spend a day with any other Smith athlete, who would it be and why?

I would love to spend a day with Graham Agassiz. I love watching him ride and know he loves to adventure outside, in winter and summer. Seems like he is always up to something fun.

What is your biggest fear? (Something people may not know about you).

I would be terrified if people heard how I sing to my dog. Pretty embarrassing haha

What is your favorite Smith gear and why?

I love the I/O MAG. Clean lines that fit perfectly with the helmet, and easy to change lenses with changing conditions. I love every product I own honestly- but number two would be the Vert Sunglasses, I use them for running, biking, scrambling, etc. and they stay snug on my face always, with lots of coverage so I don't even notice I'm wearing them.


  • JFT World Champion
  • 2nd Place Red Bull Coldrush
  • 2nd Place Chilean Freeride Champs
  • Youngest to climb the Seven Summits
  • Featured in two Sherpas Cinemas films
  • Featured in 8 TGR films
  • Featured in 2 MSP films