Self-made ski film star Nick McNutt earned his way to the big screen through a Teton Gravity Research open-source film competition called “Co-Lab”. The humble, hardworking carpenter stood out for his unmatched ability to land and ski switch in powder, nosebutter any surface, treetap against the laws of physics and piece together creative pillow lines with super smooth style.
Nick grew up in the East Kootenays of British Columbia, in a small town called Kimberley, mostly skiing the park on a pair of Elan carving skis that he and his dad turned to twin tips with a heat gun. When he moved to Whistler at age 17, Nick bought his first pair of powder skis, a snowmobile and started spinning off pillows and backcountry booters, landing mostly switch and taking a million falls along the way. He’d work all at job sites all summer and fall to take winters off, skiing more than 100 days a year and sledding as much as he could. At 25, after a POV edit racked up nearly 40,000 views on Vimeo, he entered TGR's contest, came in runner-up and secured an invite to film with the company through a late-night game of pool with its founders.
His first film segment in TGR’s “Almost Ablaze” earned him Rookie of the Year at the IF3 International Freeski Film Festival and Breakthrough Performer at the 2014 Powder Awards. Powder magazine said the rookie skied with the versatility and creativity of a seasoned veteran. He’s also been nominated for “Best Powder” and is a three-time nominee for “Best Male Performer”. Nick narrates the 2018 film “Far Out”, in which he overcomes many obstacles in Albania’s Valbona Valley.
When he’s not skiing, Nick climbs, plays guitar and mountain bikes.