Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Nicolas Müller
It's possible that no other rider on earth has been as influential to other pros as Switzerland's Nicolas Müller. Nicolas came up through the ranks of the Swiss National Halfpipe Team and made an indelible mark in competitive arenas the world over, but it was the career path he pursued once he hung up the contest bibs that piqued the interest of nearly every snowboarder on earth to follow the path that they dream about.
Under the tutelage of Absinthe Films' filmmakers Justin Hostynek and Patrick "Brusti" Armbruster, Müller began traveling the globe in search of perfectly-pitched powder pistes instead of pipes, and his fluidity, grace, and innate style immediately resonated from the silver screen to the inspired minds of snowboarders across the globe in his decade's worth of video parts where he locked down numerous enders and followed a natural path to professional snowboarding success. But it was when Nicolas first started heading to Alaska where his legacy was ultimately born. While in famed locales Haines and Valdez, Nicolas singlehandedly re-wrote the book of big mountain freestyle riding by incorporating larger-than-life tricks into hair-raising spines and lines, and blending freestyle and big-mountain with an effortless poke. It is Nico's AK exploits that earned him more SNOWBOARDER Rider of the Year titles than any snowboarder in history as well as more covers of this very publication than any member of his peer group.
More recently, Nicolas released Fruition, a film documenting his early years, his rise to fame and the legacy that he will ultimately leave behind; it's a journey through the mind, body and soul of one of professional snowboarding's all-time greats. Needless to say, we highly recommend a watch, because at this point, Nicolas is among the top five riders who have shaped modern snowboarding, so go check it out and keep your eye on the horizon regarding what Nico has in store for us next.