Jimmy Petterson, Ski Journalist

Jimmy Petterson, Ski Journalist

Jimmy Petterson is an American, educated at the University of Southern California, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in history, a Teaching Credential, and a Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum. He could have spent his life as a teacher, molding young minds and preparing the next generation to take over our world.  Instead, to his father’s great disappointment, he has spent most of the last 39 winters as a ski bum, during which time he has skied more than 470 ski resorts.

Jimmy’s obsessive pursuit of the ultimate ski run and the perfect powder dump has led him to take jobs including ski instructor, off-piste guide, travel guide, slope-side singer-entertainer, bar owner, hotelkeeper, ski travel arranger, and most recently ski writer and photographer. His work in that field has produced 37 magazine front covers and more than 450 published ski features.

Jimmy has skied in 58 countries during his search for ski nirvana, and his work has been published in seventeen of those nations.  In late 2005, he finished a mammoth project combining his ski adventures into a 440-page, 600-photo, coffee-table book called Skiing Around the World. This book includes information about skiing in such far-flung destinations as Bolivia, Iceland, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Soviet Georgia, Morocco, Greenland, India, Slovakia and Poland as well as all of the more conventional ski countries.

During his work on his book, Jimmy became associated with Halti for the first time when Halti sponsored him with clothing to keep him warm on his visit to ski in Greenland in 2003.

Jimmy’s seminal work, Skiing Around the World, (www.skiingaroundtheworld.net) earned him both the 2006 Bill Berry Award for "outstanding contributions to skiing by the media" given out by the Far West Ski Association and the 2006 Harold S. Hirsch Award for excellence in snowsports journalism, awarded by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Shortly thereafter, Jimmy combined efforts with Finnish adventure-sports cinematographer and producer Ari Heinilä to create a 6-part TV series called Raider of the Lost Snow. The series was presented on Finland’s MTV3 in 2007-2008, on Norway’s TV2 in 2008, and has been shown in more than 75 countries on Travel Channel.

The series also received the Hirsch Award as well as the Warren Miller Modern Media Award, given for outstanding service to skiing by the film, television, radio, and electronic media.  

Jimmy is another member of Halti’s team of ski athletes who give us feedback every year on how we can design the best clothing for the end user.

When he is not skiing, Jimmy has recently been concentrating on playing music along with his son Erik and their friend Elie Sandberg in a band aptly named Father & Son + 1. They have spent the past three summers touring in the Nordic countries as well as central Europe. They will put on shows in Finland again next summer.