Tom Wallisch came to the University of Utah as an unknown, just a kid from Pittsburgh, PA, wanting to experience the greatest snow on earth (as well as an excellent education, of course). He soon became an overnight sensation and is now one of the most accomplished slopestyle skiers in the country with victories at the Dew Tour and Winter X-Games, a plethora of appearances on shred videos debuting across the globe, and a litany of Fortune 500 companies beating down the door asking Tommy to hawk their product. So what’s the buzz all about? Well, check out this slopestyle run from Mr. Wallisch at ESPN’s X-Games Europe last March and maybe you’ll get have a better understanding of why they call him “The Magician”.
So, yes, Tommy is a superstar. But Wallisch began his tenure at the University of Utah with the same question as any other out-of-state freshman at the U: “When does the snow start dropping?” Granted, TW knows the importance of a rock-solid education – he’s majoring in business at the nationally ranked David Eccles School of Business, which is not exactly chock with cupcake courses. But Wallisch also knows that Utah is home to the greatest snow on earth and that some of the greatest terrain in the country is just minutes from campus. Obviously, Tommy is one smart dude:
TW’s true stroke of genius, however, was to have his buddies, later known as the 4bi9 crew, film his sorcery on the slopes, which resulted in the Superunknown video, a contest sponsored by Level 1 looking for the next big (unknown) thing. Level 1 found what they were looking for.
The rest is history as Tom Wallisch has developed into one of the fastest rising stars in freeskiing. All while working on that business degree at the University of Utah. Look for TW on the freeskiing circuit this winter, ripping it with that super-fluid style that has transcended Mr. Wallisch from Superunknown to Slopestyle Sorcerer