NBC’s cameras may have been pointed at Breckenridge, but the real snowboard action was definitely at Ski Bowl on December 18. You know you’re at a super serious snowboard event when the presenting sponsor shows up about an hour late. In their defense, the guys from Atmosphere had a lot to take care of, and some car trouble, on the day of DecemBEARD, and eventually they made it! In the meantime, the people made due with no announcing or banners, and a course including a couple boxes and log jam that looked like it was pulled out of the woods right before the event (because it probably was.) Beers were cracked, shit was talked, and people tried to stay warm in the uncharacteristically cold night in Oregon.
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl is like the red headed stepchild of Timberline and Meadows. It is completely accessed with old two-person chairs and on a bad snow year, it might not even open because it’s not high enough. But on a good year (like the one we’re about to have) it has some of the best terrain in the Mt. Hood area, and is fully lit for night riding. It was the perfect host for the event — mellow, small and apparently not super uptight about open containers.
Once the course had been adequately shredded, there was a requisite product toss and awards for such impressive feats as “best fall,” “best beard” and “best tindy,” and then the party moved to Charlie’s (or home for the under-agers!) and the night was capped with all the debauchery one would expect from a bunch of people who take snowboarding very seriously. Thanks to Atmosphere/Thirsty Convoy for putting on the event and Ski Bowl for letting them.