Sean Pettit

The Cold Rush Mountain King

Sean Pettit performs during the filming of The Masquerade in Valdez, Alaska on April 3 2015.
© Blake Jorgenson/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Sean Pettit. My discipline is back country freestyle, freeriding and big mountain freeskiing. I was born on 27 July 1992 in Ottawa, Canada. My special talent is often captured on film. My philosophy of life is to enjoy every day and have fun doing what I do. My favourite food is sushi. My favourite music is rock and roll.


Unlike many young rippers today, Sean Pettit didn’t burst onto the scene; he’s always been there. At the tender age of 11, he began skiing at a professional level. Two years later, the then 13-year-old made a decision that skiing was a definite career. Quietly honing his skills at Whistler-Blackcomb for years, Sean became recognised years ago by companies like K2 and Oakley, while he was still a grom.

Since the age of 17, Sean has recorded some major wins in the world of skiing. 2010 brought a solid part in MSP's film The Way I See It, a second-place finish in the Red Bull Linecatcher and also bragging rights as the Red Bull Cold Rush Champ. 2011 kicked off with a win at Red Bull Linecatcher in January, and in March, Sean defended his Cold Rush title on Silverton Mountain. He also had a prominent segment in the film ‘Attack of La Niña’, and earned a Best Male Performance award.

2012 was filled with similar success for Sean, as he yet again walked away with a Powder Magazine Video Award for Best Male Performance, as well as a second place in the reader’s poll. In 2013, he added Powder Magazine Best Natural Air Award to his ever-growing list of accolades, as well as a silver from the judges for his ESPN X Games Tignes Real Ski Backcountry part.

Winter 2013/2014 was a tough one for the Whistler ripper, as he spent most of the season on the couch nursing an ankle injury.

But you can't keep a good man down for long and Sean came back with a bang in a full part video in 2015; a new video series 'Keep Your Tips Up' and he won Best Natural Air at the 2016 Powder Awards.

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The K2 Crew skiing for Keep Your Tips Up

Tips Up to the off season

Freeski In the Keep Your Tips Up finale, Sean Pettit bids the winter farewell and goes out in style.

Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Best Man Made Air – Powder Video Awards

  2. 2012
    1. Film segment: Superheroes of Stoke

    2. Best Male Performance – Powder Video Awards

    3. 2nd Place: Powder Video Awards Readers' Poll

  3. 2011
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Cold Rush

      Silverton, USA

    2. Best Male Performance – IF3 Europe Awards

    3. Best Powder – Powder Video Awards