Outside of skiing, Tobin does environmental work, looking at the effects of development on bugs, bunnies and people. It’s interesting stuff and enriches his time in the mountains by providing a good understanding about what’s going on in the world. Tobin also used to climb a lot…and after a good hiatus, he's getting back into it and is more psyched than ever (OK, maybe not ever…but he's having a fun time for sure!).
Discipline: Pizzas and French Fries
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Currently Living: Squamish, BC
Surviving ten years of Gaper Day.
Some big ski lines in the Coast Mountains.
Ski adventures on Baffin Island, Alaska, Yukon, Kashmir, and Europe.
When did you first start skiing?
When I was pretty small, on Grouse Mountain. It was a good after-school care service…our elementary school was a five-minute drive from the gondola.
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
It’s an avenue for creativity and a metaphor for many things.
How do you define success?
Success in skiing (outside of competition) is sort of irrelevant in the traditional sense. Success in skiing is based on a feeling, and that feeling is always changing.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
I’m proud of pursuing a life that is meaningful to me.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are those people that inspire me...that list is a little too long to share here!
What inspires you?
Expression. Creativity. Critical thought.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
Trying to figure out cameras, basket weaving, and mountain biking.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. But I don’t feel guilty about it…not even for a minute.
What are your hidden talents?
I’ve been looking for them forever…I guess they’re pretty well hidden.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
Anywhere…add snow and mountains.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
I’d like to be a more creative skier.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Well, there’s a lot of those…but there was one particular moment on Baffin Island that has stuck with me. It all worked out well, but I gained a lifetime of experience in an instant.
Describe your perfect day:
Good friends, interesting terrain, snow, stability…and good food.
How would your friends describe you?
Probably as being "obsessively singleminded."