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.