Tatum Monod has been called “freeskiing’s next it girl” by Freeskier Magazine. But ask the up-and-coming big-mountain skier about her accomplishments and she’ll tell you she still has a long way to go. With an award-winning film segment and an impressive stint on the Freeskiing World Tour already under her belt, Monod, it turns out, is as humble as she is talented.
Keeping Up With The Monods
Tatum Monod was born in Banff, Alberta, to a family deeply entrenched in the sport of skiing. Her father was a ski racer on the Canadian Ski Team, her parents met skiing, and her grandfather opened one of North America’s longest-running outdoor gear shops, Banff’s Monod Sports, back in 1949. Her family still runs Monod Sports, and Tatum has worked at the family business for much of her life.
But somehow, she didn’t start skiing until she was 12 years old. “My family is all about skiing, but my dad was smart. He didn’t push me into it,” Tatum says.
He let me wait until it was something that I really wanted to do. I think that’s the best thing he could have done for me. Because ultimately it was my decision to become a skier, and that’s probably why I stuck with it.
Tatum Monod 2013-14 Season Edit
Tatum switched gears to focus on filming. She shot briefly with Sherpas Cinema for their 2013 movie, “Into the Mind,” but it wasn’t until the winter of 2014 that she really got a chance to shine on the big screen.
In 2014, she was invited on a backcountry film trip to Cooke City, Montana, with pro skier Wiley Miller and filmer Darren Rayner. She dropped pillow lines, skied endless powder, did double backflips off backcountry kickers, and spun 360s off natural cliff features. It was all captured on camera.
The footage ended up in the hands of Level 1 Productions’ producer Josh Berman, who put it into their fall 2014 feature film, “Less.” Tatum is now among a very small handful of women who have earned a segment in a Level 1 movie.
A season edit, created from the Cooke City footage as well as some lines shot in the Whistler backcountry, ended up going viral online in the fall of 2014, and Tatum earned the award for best female edit at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal.
In the years to come, Tatum hopes to continue filming and putting out forward-thinking edits, while helping boost the representation of women in ski films.
It’s hit me that women need all the confidence they can get and it’s really a positive thing for them to see other females on the big screen.
In the fall of 2014, Tatum enrolled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she’s studying fashion design with an emphasis on outerwear. “I’ve always been interested in design,” she says. When she’s not studying, you can find her out fly-fishing, climbing, and of course, pushing her skiing into the future.
I know I’m capable of more, this is just the beginning.