Tom Wallisch

Skier

Tom Wallisch’s career as one of freeskiing’s most accomplished and innovative athletes did not exactly begin “by the book.” ESPN’s “Action Sports Athlete of the Year” made his first tracks far from the traditional “resort scene” – on a bunny hill in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Penn. Retreating to the nearby resorts on the weekend, his athleticism and draw to skiing intensified with age.

The Wallisch family continued their weekend get-a-ways, often to Maryland small resort Wisp, which Wallisch credits as his “home turf” growing up. By the time he was 15, Wallisch further developed his talent conquering urban features after school and entering local big air competitions and rail jams on the weekends.

In 2006, the recent high school graduate made the biggest move of his career, heading west and settling in Park City, Utah as a student at the University of Utah. The new adventure immediately saw him amass a large following in the freeskiing community, thanks to a series of high-octane video edits. It did not take long for his park skills to catch up to his expert rail skills previously perfected in Pittsburgh. By the close of his first winter, the largest ski production companies were casting him in several major productions.

Exploding on the competitive scene in 2009, Tom topped the podium at many events and finished the season as the top AFP-ranked slopestyle skier in the world. The following season saw “T-Wall” cement his place at the forefront of his sport, with a gold medal in the slopestyle at the European X Games, first place at the Snowbasin stop of the Dew Tour and Freeskier’s highly-coveted “Skier of the Year” title.

In 2012, Wallisch secured the top-ranked slopestyle spot in the AFP Rankings yet again, in addition to winning the Dew Your overall cup, seven podiums and two X Games medals - gold in Aspen and silver at Euro X.

An early season knee injury required Tom to take a step back from the competitive scene to ensure proper recovery. However, the freeskiing force remained active in the sport, filming his own unique ski film – The Wallisch Project – released with critical acclaim in Fall 2013. By close of this year, Tom returned atop the podium, earning the FIS World Ski Championship title in Voss, Norway.

Any winter days not spent on the competition circuit are focused on completing his marketing degree at the University of Utah and filming for any number of film companies, including Level 1, 4bi9, TGR, and Field Productions. During the short off-season, Tom soaks up the sun, whether that be skating, wakeboarding, or mountain biking.

AFP Rankings

  • 1st, SS, 2012
  • 1st, SS, 2009
  • 2nd, Overall, 2010

X Games

  • Gold, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
  • Silver, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2012
  • Gold, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2010

FIS World Championships * 1st, SS, Voss, NOR, 2013

Dew Tour

  • 1st, Dew Tour overall, 2012
  • 1st, SS, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
  • 2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
  • 3rd, SS, Dew Tour Overall, 2012
  • 1st, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
  • 1st, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2010
  • 2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2009

World Cup * 1st, SS, VISA U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth, CA, 2012

TNF Athletes Named to U.S. Slopestyle Ski Team

November 4 2011
Source: Never Stop Exploring
It’s a new dawn, and with it comes the announcement of a new event on its way to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia! Today, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the incorporation of a freeskiing slopestyle team to its roster of disciplines, and we are excited to announce The North Face athletes Tom Wallisch and Devin Logan are two athletes named to the team’s ranks. As you may have heard, The North Face is the official supplier for U.S. Freeskiing. We couldn’t be more excited about today’s announcement. Our partnership with U.S. Freeskiing, is a big part of our commitment to the growth of the sport, and helping athletes achieve their Olympic goals. Hopefully you’ll follow along with us this winter as our athletes venture out for what should be a historic season. Keep an eye out for our athletes at all the top-notch events, like Winter X Games.