The final flick of four featuring Mark McMorris, Danny Davis, Peetu Piiroinen, Jack Mitrani, Christian Haller, Werni Stock, Roope Tonteri, Marko Grilc, Ben Ferguson, Gabe Ferguson, Redmond Gerard, and more riding manman shit.
Peak season means peak park time and lots and lots of videos of it. A bunch of our favorite crews have been bombarding us with their manmade-feature enjoyment this week, so rather than crush dreams by rejecting them, or flooding the site by posting them all separately, here’s one mega post of all the park jibbin’ fun you could ever want!
Tranny Finders at Crystal
Critters at Brighton
Mystery District at Dollar Mountain
Wisconsin Homeys at Granite Peak Park
The Backwoods Project is a non-profit with a simple goal: build a sweet ass snowboard park in Missoula, Montana that anyone can ride. Backwood’s founder Gregg Janecky sent us this email with the whole story about the project, which, long story short, is out of money, and needs your help to put together more events. Here’s Gregg’s whole plea, which sounds like a mighty good cause to us.
Missoula is an urban population of 68,876 people in a little mountain valley, where little league baseball is regularly canceled for skate demos. Everyone in town learns how to ski or ride and the local ski area Snowbowl has some of the most ridiculously steep in-bounds terrain available with 2,600 vertical off two lifts. There is no public park though. There is a regulation moguls course, an Olympic ski jump, and Olympic aerials jump, and a private rails course for Missoula Freestyle SKI Team, but no public park.
I tried to introduce one last season but the “Mountain Management” has no interest in one unless it is built for free with no cat time. So halfway through last season I made a big move and rented out a defunct ski area close to town, and ran a park on the base area for a weekend. I am back up there this season, and have an eventual goal of opening it up Kingvale style as a Non-Profit all park mountain to support local kids. It is an awesome small all beginner mountain that had night skiing and would be perfect for an all park mountain.
I have already run one weekend this winter, but because of increasing insurance costs and steel prices the non-profit is out of money. It costs me around $2,500 to run the park for a weekend. All labor is volunteer, and the hundreds of hours of prep-work and paperwork I do is volunteer. All of the money goes into insurance, mountain rental, and park building. I am running an online fundraising drive right now, to try and run another weekend this winter. Even little donations of $5 or $10 really help get is going when there are a ton of them. I also will have fundraiser T-shirts in an online store once my website host gets their act together.
It is a really good cause. Missoula is the Northwest shred dream where it is still ten years ago in snowboarding, and everyone just wants to have fun riding and the snowboarders are still the broke kids. The Backwoods Project is about building a park that is designed for riders, by riders, and all the money made goes back into the park not into someones pocket. We charge the lowest price possible, and if we make $3,000 in fund raising before an event people ride for free.
So if you’ve got any extra cash, click on over and help the cause.
Nowadays, there are whole mountains that are nothing but parks, such as Echo. But don’t forget to make some turns. photo: Chris Garrison
Over the years I’ve noticed our population forgetting the beauty of the simple groomed trail, mistaking it as nothing more than a necessary evil to help deliver you to the top of a park.Â Nowadays thousands of people blindly fly down the mountain to manmade parks with cheesy names like the Zero Gravity Zone or the Wicked Air Chamber, and then start doing tricks.Â Â Completely missing the park all around them on the way down.
What many of you may not know, is that the modern “terrain park” is a relatively new concept.Â Dang… Snoop Dog had put out two albums by the time all ski areas were building parks.Â And just because mountains didn’t have parks, does not mean everybody strapped in and went straight down the hill.Â Tricks were being done long before any cat ever pushed up a cheese wedge, and long, long before every other mountain had a cursive s-box.Â Yep, it’s no chicken versus egg conundrum as to what came first here.Â The trick gave birth to the park.
Thankfully pre-season snowboarding forces us to make due with our simple trails.Â Every mogul, knoll, highway hit, snowmaking barrel and lift tower, offers a bounty of freestyle opportunities.Â The great Stevie Wonder once said, “I work with what I gots to work with,” and so must we before our beloved parks get built.
May we all remember this lesson we learn during the preseason when Mr. Park comes to town this winter. I’m not suggesting anyone quits riding parks, all I’m saying is to make sure you continue to ride the hidden park all around you on the way down.Â Â When your mind’s telling you to head straight to the park and ride a c-rail, ask your heart if you’re getting the most out of the t-rails (or “trails” as we used to call them) along the way.
****Disclaimer**** You are likely at this page because you googled snowboard parks. I don’t know if you were looking for the sweetest park to hit up this year or if you take snowboarding too seriously or if you were just bored, but since you are spending your time reading about snowboard parks on the internet, you are probably into hanging out in them. That said, you will not like this story. It will probably make you angry and inspire you to write me some dumb letter about what a bitch I am and how I am bad at snowboarding, etc. Please don’t bother. I already know I am a bitch and I have been snowboarding since you were in diapers. Someday you will be able to talk about how much better things used to be too.
I’m a sucker for snowboard history, but usually I’m totally opposed to nostalgia. Everybody knows snowboarding was so much better five years ago, (and the same will go to five years from now), but I’ve finally been able to put my finger on one of the reasons why.
Sure, this park looks innocent enough.
Snowboard parks. An evil, evil device manufactured by ski areas to destroy everything that is good about snowboarding. Originally, parks weren’t built to serve snowboarding, merely to keep skiers happy by confining every snowboarder on the mountain to one trail. These days, things are a little different, as skiers now want to catch big air too, and snowboard parks have become “terrain parks.” But this is not why they are evil.
First off, snowboard parks create a different type of snowboarder. One who can’t actually snowboard, but rather opts to sit around the park all day and watch people hit jumps. Generally, these people choose to sit in the landings. They are not the kids who hike the park all day and don’t know how to turn, just to rodeos. This is an entirely different sect of the population that has always been around. They just use to hit jumps in their backyards and on the golf courses of the world, with no masses to impress. It’s these masses my qualm is with.
Do you think Tom Creamer would have landed this backside three if it was off of a wrap around hit next to a lift tower? Not likely.
Next off, parks have destroyed the creativity snowboarding once harbored. When there’s no park, any log, rock or mogul could be the sickest hit on the mountain. When the conditions were crappy, the quest was to seek out this singular fun thing and hit it all day. Now, when the conditions are crappy, it automatically becomes a “park day.” Should the park be crappy, it’s time to go home. There’s no need to find something fun to do, because the kickers will be sick some other day, and why waste perfectly good energy riding something that’s not cool?
And don’t even get me started on park rails.
Finally, snowboard parks make natural jumps look bad. Suddenly, people can land every trick they try because every jump they hit has a good landing. People never used to care about landings. If a jump shot you up in the air it was sick, and whether you landed on you feet or your ass was superfluous to the experience. Those were the days.
So in summation, the evolution of snowboarding is evil, and I’m pissed at Baker for ruining my fun jib jumps with their crappy park. The end.