Peter Johnson (skier)

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Peter Johnson (born August 20, 1956 in Truckee, California) is a former World Mogul Skiing Champion, United States Technical Delegate for the International Ski Federation (FIS) and founder of the Pro Mogul Tour (World Pro Mogul Tour).

His skiing career spans the early days of hot dog skiing, where in the early 1970s, the sport began as a free spirited form of expression, quickly gained world wide recognition under two organizations, Professional Freestyle Associates (PFA) and the International Freestyle Skiers Association (IFSA) and evolved into the Olympic sport that it is today.

As his signature move, performed at the end of every mogul competition, he created and named the Zudnick, a jump where the upper body leans forward toward the tips of the skis. Zudnick has hence gained infamy as an FIS recognized aerial maneuver, subject of the Warren Miller ski film Black Diamond Rush with Zudnick the Wonder Dog and inspiration for the jacket from Columbia Sportswear Company.

When The International Ski Federation (FIS) recognized freestyle as a sport in 1979, he became one of the first United States Technical Delegates and Chairman of a three man international jury (Technical Delegate, Chief of Course and Chief Judge) to oversee all World Cup Freestyle competition in Canada.

The early days of FIS Freestyle Skiing set the stage for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to select Freestyle Skiing as a demonstration event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Mogul skiing was added as an official medal event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, and the aerials event was added for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

In 1981 he organized a team of young Americans to ski the three highest mountains in Mexico including El Pico de Orizaba (a volcano at 18,700 ft, the third highest summit in the western hemisphere).[citation needed] The team included Craig Sabina and John Harlan III (renowned mountaineer and author of the book, The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain That Killed My Father and subject of the 2007 MacGillivray Freeman film, The Alps'."

While attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, he started the University's first freestyle ski team, now the CU Freestyle Ski Team and the Pro Mogul Tour (World Pro Mogul Tour).

He has served as Director Sportiff for the Swiss National Cycling Team, Director of Special Events for the Coors International Bicycle Classic, founded and co-directed the Look Freestyle Camps in Bariloche, Argentina and has executive produced over thirty made-for-television skiing, mountain biking and wind surfing events for ESPN, ESPN2, Prime Sports and Liberty Media.

In 1994, he created the StorageTek "16 in One" to benefit Junior Achievement - setting a world record by skiing sixteen Colorado ski areas utilizing StorageTek's S-76 Sikorsky helicopter for the Fall reconnaissance and two Bell 212s for the event helicopters.

His Boardrider Project, documented the social commentary of skateboard art on contemporary American culture with the collection of over 200 skateboards from Think, Girl, Chocolate, Alien Workshop, Sector9, Fuct, World Industries, Powell Peralta, Krooked, Toy Machine and Zoo York among others. The project culminated in a "The Underside—Skateboard Art Revealed" a retrospective exhibit at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History.

In 1996, he started the International Outdoor Group (IOG) and the International Outdoor Festival that brought outdoor enthusiasts together with some of the worlds foremost athletes including Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all 14 8,000m peaks without supplemental oxygen, Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to have climbed the "Seven Summits," the tallest peak on every continent, Eric Simonson, whose 1999 expedition found the remains of George Mallory on Mt. Everest and many more.

IOG is the recipient of numerous awards for multi-partner and integrated marketing excellence from the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Promotional Marketing Association (PMA) and 2008 the Oregon Chapter of the American Marketing Association awarded IOG Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year.

In 2011, among the legends of freestyle, he was recognized as a Pioneer of Freestyle Skiing by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

In 2014 he started Captured52 to redefine the way photography is perceived, transacted and valued as contemporary art. Showcasing a single, large format image from each of 52 invited photographers from around the world, Captured52 sells to collectors, designers, architects and advisors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

World Trophy Tour Results

  • 1st Place Moguls Snowbird, Utah World Championships
  • 1st Place Moguls Telluride, Colorado
  • 1st Place Moguls St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 3rd Place Moguls Bayrischzell, Germany
  • 4th Place Moguls Cervinia, Italy
  • 2nd 1976 Overall World Mogul Standings


  • ABC Wide World of Sports 1976 World Freestyle Skiing Championships
  • Dick Barrymore Ski Film Blazing Skis
  • Fighting the Moguls By Dick Tash High Sierra Times
  • Law Suits, Facial Make-Up, Orange Streamers & Red Smoke Bombs & Some SkiingToo By Doug Saunders Competition Ski News
  • Team K2 Ad March 27, 1976 Ski Racing
  • On The Slope The Colorado Daily Oct 6, 1978
  • For Pros, Moguls More Than Bumps Daily Camera Feb 7, 1980
  • The Bump Tour Making Freestyle Respectable Boulder Monthly December 1978
  • 244s The Incredible Performers Team K2 Ad Skiing Magazine
  • Performance Series: A New Racing Concept by William Hathaway Colorado Daily November 18, 1980
  • Local Skiers Launch Mogul Tour by Dave Curtin Daily Camera October 19, 1978
  • Pro Bumps Hit Local Ski Scene by T. Morin Colorado Daily
  • Young CU Promoter making Pro Mogul Tour a Going Proposition by William Hathaway Colorado Daily
  • Peter Johnson, Sandra Poulsen Impressive in Europe Freestyle Tahoe World March 12, 1976