Owen caught our eye last year while making a mockery of a number of the lines around Fairy Meadow. This year Leeper has been on a terror around JHMR, knocking off a number of classic lines despite the firm conditions. We caught up with him in this audio/photo/video interview…
These days it takes some pretty big balls and skills to match to stand out in the big mountain freeski world. Despite over segmentation of the comp scene, record warm temps and low snowfall, Leeper found a way to do just that, stand out. Between the tail end of last season and this season Owen has ticked off more big lines in the greater Teton area than most do in a lifetime including the Grand Teton, a number of other bigger lines in the park and just about every iconic line the JHMR sidecountry (and in bounds) offers
We caught up with Colorado native, shared a beer and talked skiing…(click the soundcloud embed below)
Earlyups – Where did you grow up?
Owen Leeper – I grew up in both Aspen and Ouray eventually heading to school at CU-Boulder. After graduation in 2007 I moved back to Aspen before moving to Jackson last season.
Earlyups – Where do you work?
Owen Leeper – I work at the Local (restaurant in Jackson) as a server.
Earlyups – How do you spend your summers?
Owen Leeper – I ski until there isn’t snow any longer then climb and ride bikes. (still working as a server all the while)
(for more check the audio interview bits below.)
Leeper’s Line of the winter and 3 minutes of our interview, including him walking us through this line, below….