Athlete Picks: Sam Kuch

Within one season, he went from being a roofer who ripped aka the best skier no one had ever heard of, to an icon, spinning and stomping everything in his sights, winning a multitude of Best Of awards.

What are your top-five “can’t live without”  pieces of gear?  

1) Sabre Gloves with an extra pair in the backpack.
2) Cerium LT Jacket, for a backup layer.
3) Avalanche transceiver, for obvious reasons.
4) Extra goggle lenses.
5) Ski straps. 

As an athlete you’re accustomed to big adventures. Where’s the next place you want to visit once travel is possible? 

 I’d like to visit the Austrian Alps. On a good snow year, that place looks like a playground. 

 What’s your go-to meal in the outdoors/backcountry? 

 Slices of salami 

 What’s a new skill you learned or activity you tried in 2020? 

Paragliding, it currently takes up 90% of my daily thoughts. 

What’s your go-to song for when you need an instant mood boost? 

 Tried and True – Ween 

 If you were stranded on an island with another Arc’teryx athlete, who would you want it to be? 

 Anyone that could build a nice raft. Ideally one of the climbers– good with ropes. 

 What’s a goal you hope to accomplish before the year is up? 

I hope to create and ski in wicked film parts that inspire myself and others.