by Wagner Skis / Dec 08, 2020

Season 3, Episode 4: Skiing and Healing – Wes Wylie

Dr. Wes Wylie is the guy you want on your heliskiing crew. He’s a heliski guide at Alaska’s Tordillo Mountain Lodge as well as Powderbirds out of Snowbird. He’s been a ski patroller at Deer Valley for more than 20 years. He travels to Chile and New Zealand in the summer to guide clients. Oh, and he’s also a private physician who travels the country practicing medicine.

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[1:00] Are you a ski guide who practices medicine or a doctor who skis?
[2:30] Getting into medicine as a way to ski
[3:45] The overlap between doctoring and skiing. A typical year on mountains, with a few months in hospitals.
[5:50] “The big dinner conversation.” Honing aging bodies for skiing. Clients as patients. How to offset the 1% annual loss of muscle mass in men in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
[7:15] The “easy” prescription to offset that muscle loss and even build muscle past age 50.
[9:00] And even thwart the insidious weight gain of life after 50.
[12:00] Advice for skiers looking to stay on skis deep into their 80s or even 90s: minimize the impacts.
[12:35] People get injured for three reasons. Two of them are the fault of the guides.
[14:20] Progressing “never-ever” Alaska helicopter skiers into steep, deep, sprawling terrain.
[15:20] Second time's the charm.
[18:30] Being “really spherical” when talking as a guide.
[20:00] The photographic component of guiding. Tips for creating lifelong keepsakes.
[23:40] Photos as “a great venue for people to review their skills.”
[25:50] Building the ultimate guide ski for heavy-pack skiing in variable conditions in Alaska
[28:00] The ultimate guide ski looks like this
[32:00] The best advice he’s ever received: Movement is good. Stay in the flow. When people stay in the flow state, all the mechanics fall into place. 

More about Wes Wylie

More episodes

S3, E1: Mike Douglas: The Godfather of Freeskiing
S3, E2: Roko Koell: Powder Skiing Is for Everyone
S3, E3: Doug Stenclik: Entering The Backcountry, The Gear & The Tips
S3, E4: Wes Wylie: Skiing and Healing, How to Ski Forever
S3, E5: Timing is Everything – Cody Townsend
S3, E6: More Than Just Avy Skills – Erik Lambert
S3, E7: Fancy Footwork – Ted Mahon
S3, E8: Be the Water, not the Rock – Skylar Holgate


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