There are thousands of kids growing up with the dream of becoming a pro skier. Some of them even have the talent and the surrounding support to succeed. Even so, only a handful make it all the way. Sam’s old freeride coach, Dano Slater, believes his former adept’s fortune has a lot to do with his mental strength. He says Sam has a certain determination, on top of his obvious talent. Something more than bravery. A complete commitment to his actions. A way of not just going off the edge and see what happens. A plan, and a will to execute it: “Whatever you want to do, you must do it like you mean it, and it’s possible. Sam’s shown me, and a lot of other people, that almost anything is possible,” he concludes.