Talk about home schooling.

Born and raised in Barrie, Ont.,

Jamieson “Jamo” Irvine still

lives with his parents in the

house where his dad built him

a backyard ramp setup years

ago. These days he skis out of

Mt. St. Louis Moonstone and

Blue Mountain.

Jamo’s interest in skiing

started at age three. Although

he flirted with the idea of taking

up snowboarding, he stuck

with what “felt right” and spun

his first 360 and slid his first

rail at six years old. His parents

began to see the interest and

talent that the young freestyler

held in the palm of his hand and

decided they could fit some

two-metre-tall scaffolding in

the backyard to help him learn

his trade. Five years later, that

same setup had grown to eight

metres tall, with a jump, a few

rails and a box. Jamo would get

up at 6 a.m. every morning and

head straight to the backyard

to train until it was time to go to

school. Neighbours complained

of being woken up by the sound

of ski boots climbing the metal

scaffolding and spotlights

beaming in their windows.

Competing in moguls at a

young age was also a critical

catalyst in developing Jamo’s

incredible air sense—he was

doing Backflips in the bumps

at nine. After five years of mogul

competition, however, he

transitioned over to focus all

of his time and talent on park

riding. It looks like he’s made

the right move.

Talk about home schooling. Born and raised in Barrie, Ont., Jamieson “Jamo” Irvine still lives with his parents in the house where his dad built him a backyard ramp setup years ago. These days he skis out of Mt. St. Louis Moonstone and Blue Mountain. 

Jamo’s interest in skiing started at age three. Although he flirted with the idea of taking up snowboarding, he stuck with what “felt right” and spun his first 360 and slid his first rail at six years old. His parents began to see the interest and talent that the young freestyler held in the palm of his hand and decided they could fit some two-metre-tall scaffolding in the backyard to help him learn his trade. Five years later, that same setup had grown to eight meters tall, with a jump, a few rails and a box. Jamo would get up at 6 a.m. every morning and head straight to the backyard to train until it was time to go to school. Neighbours complained of being woken up by the sound of ski boots climbing the metal scaffolding and spotlights beaming in their windows.

Competing in moguls at a young age was also a critical catalyst in developing Jamo’s incredible air sense—he was doing Backflips in the bumps at nine. After five years of mogul competition, however, he transitioned over to focus all of his time and talent on park riding. It looks like he’s made the right move.


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