Camo on the Slopes: World-Class Skier David Wise Is Also a Pro Hunter

It’s not often an athlete hits the top level in two fields. But David Wise, a Gold Medal Olympic skier and First Lite Pro Team athlete, makes it work.

david wise, first liteA new film from First Lite highlights the accomplishments as well as the normalcy of the life of one of the top skiers in the game today: David Wise.

Wise is currently at the peak of his skiing career in the halfpipe, with the 2021 X Games underfoot and an upcoming Olympic showing in 2022. He currently holds two Olympic golds and four X Games golds. And it’s not unusual to see him wearing First Lite camo on the slopes. (And from a gear junkie’s perspective, the David Wise setup is fire. Hey First Lite, where’s our ski set?)

It’s an unusual partnership in a world filled with big-name ski brands. But Wise has been a hunter since he was a kid in Reno, Nev. And the film marks his thoughts on life as a skier, a hunter, and what comes after the world of professional freestyle skiing.

It’s worth a watch.

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Nicole Qualtieri

Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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