Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Ep.41)

We just got back from week-long review trip in Bend, Oregon, and while we were in Bend, we went to pay a visit to one of the best big-mountain skiers of all time, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa.

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa on the Blister Podcast
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (photo by Pally Learmond)

We talk about a whole bunch of topics, but it is particularly fascinating to hear Sage talk about his preparation — how cautious he claims to be in the mountains — which isn’t exactly obvious given that Sage has thrown down some of the heaviest lines anyone has skied in Alaska.

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa on the blister podcast
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Neocola range, AK. (photo by Nic Alegre)

For Sage, skiing is simply fun. But big-mountain skiing — the stuff you see him doing in his film segments — is all about Problem Solving. So if you think he’s out there just hucking his meat with abandon, you’ll need to think again.

It’s a great conversation with an unbelievable skier and a really interesting person, and we hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.


  • Sage’s “Ranch” — the dream spot (1:50)
  • How / Why Bend? (3:03)
  • Sage’s injury & rehab (5:10)
  • Some keys to being injury-free for so long (8:15)
  • Approaching Alaska — taking it “ridiculously mellow”? (11:15)
  • Sage on Intuition (and the Double Front Flip) (17:00)
  • Sage on Preparation — Skiing as Problem Solving (19:58)
  • Ski racing, big-mountain skiing, and practicing the fundamentals (27:36)
  • Kids, Parenthood, & Skiing (36:01)
  • Sage on Mt Bachelor and their Northwest Express Lift (40:00)
  • Sage’s Future (which probably involves alpacas) (42:20)
  • Sage on the future of skiing (49:18)
  • Parting Thoughts (59:30)

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2 comments on “Sage Cattabriga-Alosa (Ep.41)”

  1. Loved the interview. I never raced, so I’d never heard “keep your hands up.” Got to try it yesterday, my last day of the season. It helped keep me forward and loose. Thanks, Sage.

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