Shadow Games: Dylan Siggers Masters his Aesthetic
“I’m a total control freak,”
Dylan Siggers says.
It’s not the image most people have of the freeski prodigy from Fernie, BC, but the 28-year-old, renowned for his immersive filmmaking and flowing style on snow, is allowing me a peek behind the curtain. Making his skiing come across as fluid, natural and carefree has been a lifelong composition, he tells me—his magnum opus.
Siggers represents a branch of skiing that first went its own way when Oregon native Eric Pollard took a detour from big mountain burl, focusing instead on creative play in open terrain. Back in the mid-aughts, while Pollard was making films with Nimbus Independent, Siggers—an adoring young fan some 700 miles north of Oregon—was taking notes.
Today, Siggers has followed suit as one of the most prolific underground talents in skiing, with an output beyond what seems humanly possible, both on skis and behind the lens. For over a decade, he’s been at the forefront of what athletes around the world are now having to do: making and editing their own content. Behind the scenes of the self-made skier’s oeuvre, though, is his exacting control over his aesthetic, and that’s been his way from the very beginning of his ski career…