For Pro Freeskier Tyler Ceccanti, a Season of Opportunity Melts Away
We like to claim that Tyler is our sponsored athlete, but really we are just partners on a similar mission. That is to live by our passions and follow our dreams. In Tyler’s case he is an amazing skier and can do things on skis that most people can’t do, period, while making it look easy. If you are a skier or snowboarder you are familiar with Warren Miller. For the unaware, Miller’s yearly ski and snowboard films were legendary and the inspiration for the extreme sports movie category. His legend lives on with Warren Miller Entertainment, which still launches its ski movies annually.
And Tyler has appeared in eight of those films! Here’s why:
Born and raised in Lake Tapps, Tyler is all about the PNW, the outdoors and what he views as a massive playground. To have it all shut down because of a pandemic affects his ability to get his stoke on for sure, but it also affects his livelihood. Professional sports were not one of the lucky one’s in terms of businesses declared essential during the stay-at-home shutdown. His season is over. That loss includes a once in a lifetime type of trip to Japan to ski endless powder.
I spoke to him the other day and he agreed to a short Q&A.
Q. What’s happening Tyler? How are you weathering this pandemic?
A. Yo dude! Honestly, my family has just been hunkered down since this started. Luckily we are still working in the construction world (Tyler’s 2nd job) as we are essential so things haven’t changed much there. That being said, I can’t really do anything fun! I’ve been doing a lot more home projects, plus working on all the toys: the motocross bike, mountain bikes and sled.
Q. How pissed are you about Japan not materializing?
A. I feel like I need some time with Mr. Rodgers.
Q. What is it like to pretty much have everything in your world just come to a stop?
A. It is a shock. I could still be out in my element getting after it by myself without infecting someone or getting infected, but I feel like that is way too irresponsible. What if I could get hurt, for example? All of a sudden I’ve put myself and countless other at risk. Plus I don’t think its smart to broadcast that stuff on social media during a pandemic. You will get burnt at the stake for being out and about.
Q. How about some good news?
A. My wife and I just adopted a black lab puppy so we are stoked on that! Tique is his name and if you follow me on social media prepare to see a lot of him. Also, I am designing my own wood fired pizza oven and may start building it soon. So we got that going on! The Canna West care basket we received a few months ago is coming in very handy! Letting nagging injuries rest during the time off isn’t horrible!
Hopefully the next time we check in with Tyler he’ll be doing something like this: