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There are pro skiers who claim to be busy and then there are pro skiers who are really busy -- Nick Martini is definitely the latter. Despite a crash that resulted in the loss of his spleen in January, the 20-year-old Massachusetts native filmed with Teton Gravity Research, Poor Boyz Productions, and Stept Productions, the company he owns with his brother, Alex. Beyond the standard pro skier obligations, Martini is also going to be a student at the University of Colorado in the fall. We recently caught up with Martini about his recovery and Stept's new movie "Weight," for which the trailer dropped this week.
Last time we checked in you'd just lost an organ. How'd the recovery go?
The recovery went really well. I lost my spleen and had to take a six-week break from skiing. While I was hurt I was just a filmer for Stept so it was still really fun.
How'd you spend the rest of your season?
I starting skiing again on March first and had one the best seasons of my life. I went to Iceland with TGR for a couple of weeks, which was unreal. After that I spent the rest of the spring filming with PBP and Stept.
You're probably the only athlete to film with three companies. Does it get overwhelming trying to build segments for all three?
It is definitely hectic, and I end up traveling a lot. But that is my favorite part. It makes it hard to compete much. I have close relationships with all three companies and I can't see myself ever leaving one for another.
At Stept, you guys just dropped the trailer for "Weight." How does this year's film differ from year's past, and how's the production company evolved over the years.
This year's film is our biggest project to date. My brother and I have been making ski films for nine years, and for the majority of that time it was just a hobby. In the past couple seasons we have finally had the funding to start making the films we have dreamed about. This year's project takes the viewer on a journey through many of America's biggest cities. The movie is not only focused on the riders, but also the bystanders that make these locations so unique. I think the trailer gives an accurate portrayal of the vibe of the film.
Anybody's segments in particular we should keep an eye out for?
Shea Flynn really stepped up his game this year and made a segment that people will really enjoy. Clayton Vila is another one to look out for.
Any plans for the fall? Besides getting straight As at CU, of course.
I am taking two classes this fall at CU, and rehabbing my recent knee injury. I will also be traveling with the Stept, TGR, and PBP film tours. I'm stoked for a busy autumn.