“I find that my brain just shuts off; it’s on autopilot. That’s a feeling that you’re always trying to get in competition, because that’s where you perform the best,” says moguls skier Troy Murphy. But he’s not talking about skiing moguls.
Murphy’s impeccable technique tracing pristine spines opens up to effortless aerials and almost street-style wall slides.
This creativity is the result of a versatile approach to skiing, which has included not only moguls, but superpipe, slopestyle and big mountain over the years.
It was actually motocross that set Murphy on his current trajectory, when a local competitive ski coach suggested that he try freestyle skiing after seeing him ride at the track. In 2015, Murphy was the U.S. National Moguls Champion.
A photo posted by Troy Murphy (@troy_murphy) on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:23pm PDT
The skiers he most admires, like Sammy Carlson, are taking what’s happening in the parks to the backcountry and making everything just a little bit more interesting. He’s always been interested in pursuing freeriding, in some form or another, after he’s done skiing bumps – at some non-impending point in the future.
“I really like doing it and it keeps me super passionate about skiing,” he says. “Right now, it’s really valuable for me to decompress from mogul skiing … I would be interested in filming some more big mountain stuff after that, for sure.”
Presently, Murphy’s focus is on qualifying for this year’s World Cup team and World Championships. But really, this year is all about next year — Next year is the Olympics.
“That’s when everything gets really crazy,” he says.
A photo posted by Troy Murphy (@troy_murphy) on Jun 2, 2016 at 4:18pm PDT
His hobbies, like his skiing, are multifaceted. “Lately, I’ve been super into mountain biking and skateboarding in the summertime,” he says. “And camping, and just going out and exploring as much as possible.”
“This summer, I actually got my dad’s old film camera from like the ’70s and I’ve been trying to learn how to take photos with that, which has been cool. I fee like you’re a lot more present when you’re taking [film] photos because you’re taking one instead of 20, and you’re doing all of the work beforehand, so you don’t really have to do any editing afterward.”
A photo posted by Troy Murphy (@troy_murphy) on Aug 1, 2016 at 3:43pm PDT
Of course, extensive travel also comes with the territory when you’re a world-class athlete.
“I don’t think that there’s a single month that we’re not on-snow somewhere,” Murphy says.
“We’re always chasing it,” he continues. “I’m going to Australia next week, the beginning of this month, we were in British Columbia, and we’ll go to Switzerland and France before the season starts.”
His favorite place to ski? Alaska, without question, he says. There’s just nowhere else like it.
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