Badass Student Profile: Tim Crandall

Name: Tim Crandall
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Major: Architecture
Occupation: The Round House (Ski/Bike Tech) and Web Design
Hobbies: Skiing, biking, backpacking, hiking, running, snowboarding, tele-skiing, kayaking and climbing.

Why did you move to Montana? It was the closest college to great skiing.

Do your future plans involve this area? Definitely. I’m applying for graduate school here at MSU.

What is a day you will never forget? Downhill biking and dirt jumping in Bellingham, Wash. while riding with the Transition Bike Company and their team.

If you could do anything for a day, what would it be? Wingsuit-ski base jumping.

In a recent failed backflip attempt at Big Sky in the terrain park, Tim Crandall dislocated his shoulder. It took him 15 minutes to place it back in the socket, and a doctor put his arm in a sling. Later, 25 inches of snow hit Jackson, Wyo. in one of the biggest 24-hour snowfalls in recent history.

Without hesitation, Crandall headed out to shred with his knee brace from a previous injury and one good arm. Once on the mountain, an onlooker stopped him to ask how he intended to use ski poles with a sling. Crandall replied, “I’m not sure yet, but I’ll figure it out when I start heading down.”

Before ski season, Crandall spent the fall semester backpacking through Europe. Traveling with a few friends, he visited countries including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Turkey. In France, Crandall recalls having to sleep in an alley. After early snow closed biking trails in Switzerland, the crew headed south to the Italian Riviera. After spending several days in different towns, the group found suitable mountain bike rentals. Crandall used the rest of his time in Italy biking over abandoned Roman bridges and past ancient Roman cave houses.

On an adventure in Turkey, Crandall and his friends took a hot air balloon ride, touring the landscape littered with formations called “fairy chimneys”. Later, he explored ancient cave homes carved out of the cliffs roughly 2,500 years ago, with roots reaching 50 feet tall.

Currently, Crandall spends his time working as a ski tech off Main Street.