Living in the Midwest this is what most of our hills, and when I say “hills” I mean hills, look like for a majority of the season. Lots of dirt, with patches of man made snow that has been blown off course by blustery winds or the inattentive snow makers who have fallen asleep late into the night. This way of life here is a large reason that so many talented people from the Midwest are making big moves on the big mountains. When given the opportunity to actually shred a mountain in even moderate conditions, myself like many Midwest riders soak it up for every square inch of shred we can right down to the lift line. It’s in our DNA and shredding the worst conditions is our bread and butter for most of our lives. When you put the goods out in front of the Midwest riders you better believe we are going to rip it. Ride Hard, Live the stoke, Midwest Represent.
Sunday, April 27, 2014. The day was windy and cold, dreary and grey. Rain fell from the glum skies like the tears of a dejected wallflower at his first incredibly awkward high school dance. The Twin Cities were a morose Midwestern scene. Soggy skiers meandered through “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” looking for a ray of sunshine, for a spotlight of inspiration, for hope. They need look no further than the iconic beacon of light that boldly adorns my upper lip–my crumb catcher, my mouth brow, my ode to Tom Selleck (who is also my spirit animal)–the famed PaddyO mustache. In a completely unrelated story, Minnesota native and Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn traveled back to her hometown to visit with media and fans alike.
Vonn, the Minnesnowta Maiden herself, returned to Minneapolis as part of her Vail Resorts ambassadorship in promotion of Afton Alps and the Epic Pass. Afton just finished its first epic season under the Vail Banner and what a season it was! Ten million dollars in improvements included ticket office redesign, a brand new park, massive snowmaking upgrades, and customer service improvements. The Blonde Bomber met with fans, graciously signing autographs and slapping 5 with young ski racers.
Linz (that’s what she likes me to call her) sat and answered benign questions from mundane news folk, questions she has been asked millions of times before and will surely be asked millions of times in the future. I could see in her eyes she yearned for another meaningful conversation with me. A conversation about tater tot casserole, Olympic Ski Racer leg wrestling and dance fighting, the Minnesnowta nasal dialect, and other subjects of consequence. I swooped in like a freedom hawk and rescued her as a knight saves a damsel, as Prince Eric saved Ariel.
As part of her physical training to rehab her recent knee injury, Vonn carried me a la “Officer and a Gentleman” over to the fireside setting that would serve as our interview locale. As the hearth warmed our souls and the mantle held our hearts, I got to the bottom of things. Once again two hearts became one, once again the deep connection was made, once again “the greatest interview to ever occur” occurred…but do not fret. When I win my Emmy or Grammy or whatever it is that journalists win, I won’t forget the public. PaddyO is a man of the people, for the people…a man of action! Read More
Burton Snowboards and House team rider Matt Chase has had one wild ride of a season. In January Matt separated his shoulder and decided to drop this Mid Season Edit. It was filmed by: Billy Bjork, Jared Floersch, Will Betts, Evan Severson, Grant Abrahamson, Eli Lamm, and Tony Yimbo.
After a quick recover Matt Chase went on to podium at the USSA Revolution Tour stop at Mammoth Mountain with the run in the video below… Read More
Billy Bjork was planning to save this footage for an upcoming movie project he was working on called Wild Card. Plans changed after this footage was leaked and he decided to keep it posted.
It’s great to see riders like Billy Bjork and House team rider Matt Chase working on video projects together. Billy was one of the contributing filmers for Matt’s Mid Season Edit 2014.
With all the doubles happening in the current state of snowboarding the community of riders need a representative like Billy to show them the importance of fundamental skills. A solid base of riding can eventually lead to proper doubles if you want to do them. Good job Billy, keep it up.
Grenade Gloves started a movement that grew into an army and 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Grenade Games! Johnny Lazz, Dustin Craven, Jaeger Bailey, and Danny Kass (of course) made a showing in Mammoth to support the cause.
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