Tatum Monod has been called "freeskiing's next it girl" by Freeskier Magazine, but ask the up-and-coming big-mountain skier about her accomplishments and she'll tell you she still has a long way to go. With an award-winning film segment, and an impressive stint on the Freeskiing World Tour already under her belt, Monod, it turns out, is as humble as she is talented.
Tatum was born in Banff, Alberta, to a family deeply entrenched in the sport of skiing. Her father was a racer on the Canadian Ski Team, her parents met skiing, and her grandfather opened one of North America's longest-running outdoor gear shops, Banff's Monod Sports, back in 1949. Her family still runs Monod Sports, and Tatum has worked at the family business for much of her life. And yet, somehow, she didn't start skiing until she was 12 years old. "My family is all about skiing, but my dad was smart. He didn't push me into it," Monod says.