Simply on fire during a breakout 2012 season, Nick was the only rookie and youngest in the Slopestyle field (17) at WX 2012. Didn’t bother him — he netted silver. A gifted and versatile jumper, Goepper is an incredibly consistent competitor who also made the podium at every ’11/’12 Dew Tour stop, finishing 2nd overall. Not bad for a kid who grew up skiing at Perfect North Slopes in southern Indiana, which has a vertical drop of 400 feet.
What tricks have you learned?
I’ve learned switch left double 10s, switch right double 12s, right double 14s, switch left double 12s, left double 12s, left double 10s.
How about rails?
I’ve just tried to be smoother on rails, rather than super technical. The technical aspect is there, but I’ve more just been trying to clean them up, and kind of emulate Wallisch. He has such a smooth style on rails.
What was your Winter X Games experience like? You finally got there, and then all of a sudden you won qualifiers and were in the lead until the last run of finals.
It was like living in a fantasy. When I qualified first, my confidence was boosted, like, “I could potentially, you know, maybe win this.” After the event, I got 500 new Twitter followers and my Facebook was blowing up so hard it was crazy. I couldn’t even handle it. I had to exit out of it.
It’s almost a lock that you’ll be on the U.S. Freeskiing Team next year. Are you starting to view things on a two-year plan with the Olympics in mind?
Yeah, the Olympic qualifying events started this summer in New Zealand. I think the best route is to form a plan of your own and then maybe take it as it comes. Things change at every contest in terms of what people are doing, new tricks, stuff like that. I think it’ll be an interesting road until 2014.