This article has been adapted from the Winter 2018 print issue of Downdays Magazine. Use the mag finder at the bottom of this page to find a copy in a ski shop near you.
Text: Mark von Roy
One is from France and one from Austria; one is tall, the other somewhat smaller. They share a first name and an authentic, no-bullshit love of skiing. Tom Ritsch and Tom Granier are both ultra talented skiers and underrated. They are the Toms that fly under the radar…
Born: 18th of December 1994 in Grenoble, France
Sponsors: Dakine, Oakley, Ho5Park, LibTech, FullTilt
Home Resort: Les 7 Laux
Height / Weight: 165 cm / 60 kg
Tom Granier styling at the Spring Sessions in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Photo: Ruedi Flück
Born: 21st of December 1993 in Mittersill, Austria
Sponsors: Völkl, Marker, Dalbello, Snowpark Kitzsteinhorn, Hotel Active by Leitner, Lead Fabrics
Home Resort: Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun
Height / Weight: 186 cm / 78 kg
Tom Ritsch high over the 2017 Nine Royals feature. Photo: Klaus Polzer
Tom Granier: Antti Ollila
Tom Ritsch: Tanner Hall
TR: Cork 360
Favorite Ski Movie?
TG: “Mutiny” by Stept Productions
TR: “Yearbook” by Matchstick Productions
Favorite Austrian Food?
TG: Schnitzel mit pommes
Favorite French Food?
Favorite trick that The other Tom does?
TG: I’m in love with that bio 1080.
TR: Those switch 540s are beautiful.
Last season’s highlight?
TG: Top-to-bottom project in Les 7 Laux with JR Ceron.
TR: Man of the Day at Suzuki Nine Royals.
Describe the other Tom in one sentence.
TG: Tom Ritsch is a GOOD skier that likes food, smiles all the time and never says no to a beer.
TR: Tom Granier is a talented skier who lets his skiing do the talking; he can throw down in parks just as much as in the streets or the backcountry.
What is the weirdest thing you did as a kid?
TG: Something that my mom will be disappointed if I tell you!
TR: Went to Italy, didn’t eat pizza.
What is your biggest dream in skiing?
TG: Do what I’m doing until my death. I just want to enjoy every day of winter with my friends, around the world.
TR: Stay healthy and be able to ski for the rest of my life, because skiing brings me joy and makes me forget about everything else.
You’e stuck in a hut with a huge snowstorm outside and no electricity, what three things would you want with you?
TG: Cheese, wine and all my friends.
TR: A flashlight, a sleeping bag and my favorite snack.