Austria, Sweden, USA

Jimmy Petterson is an American, educated at the University of Southern California, with a BA in history and an MA in Instruction and Curriculum. He could have spent his life molding young minds and preparing the next generation to take over our world.  Instead, to his father’s great disappointment, he has spent most of the last 47 winters as a ski bum, during which time he has skied on all seven continents, 75 countries, and more than 600 ski resorts.

For the past 30 years, Jimmy has tried to at least partly finance his ski addiction by writing and photographing his adventures for ski magazines. His work has been published in 22 countries and he has produced 35 magazine front covers and more than 600 feature articles. He has also hosted and helped produce a 6-part documentary series for television called Raider of the Lost Snow and a documentary called Putin’s Olympics.

In 2005, Jimmy finished a mammoth project combining his ski adventures into a 440-page coffee-table book called Skiing Around the World. Volume 2 of Skiing Around the World—more than 600 all new pages and more than 1000 photos—was published in autumn of 2019. At the same time, Volume 1, which had been out of print for almost a decade, was reprinted as well. 

When he is not in pursuit of the perfect powder dump or the ultimate ski descent, Jimmy keeps busy playing rock ‘n’ roll in a band with his son.

Jimmy's Band:


Bill Berry Award Acceptance Speech:


Baldur Award from International Ski History Association:


Skiing Around the World: