Holy shit, just read the "Fuck You Knuckle Dragger" article on nwBroweather. You should read it too before you continue on. Well she pulled it down, but Broweather saved a copy. Peep it. Nice work.Good, you read it right? You took in some of the verbage that the owners wife of Crystal Mountain threw out there about WHY she thinks snowboarding is on the decline. Verbage like: “Snowboarders strap and unstrap a hundred times a day. It must get really old. As far as efficiency goes, that’s a lot of wasted energy. Maybe snowboarders are getting tired of it. Perhaps that’s why the industry is seeing a decline.”
A couple years ago I was at the Blue Water in Leschi and we were having dinner. We were talking about WA mountains with an out of towner and giving them the run down. Crystal came up, and we called it a "skiers elitist mountain." John, the owner of Crystal was sitting next to us and he interrupted politely and asked why we were saying what we were about his mountain. "Uh leash law, no jumps in the park, you call 3 rails a terrain park, you get your ticket pulled if you hit side hits and the majority of the people there are Sun Valley wanna be's." The wife jumped into the conversation and said a bunch of stupid crap like she writes in her blog post. John on the other hand was cool, took the info we gave him to heart and asked us to give his mountain another chance as they were trying to be more open.
I guess he lied.
Her whole rant was started because of a NY Times article that says snowboarding is on the decline. Have snowboarding's numbers decreased over the last few years? Yes. Is there a reason for it? Absolutely. Snowboarding numbers are down because the snow has sucked around the country for the last couple of seasons and the economy blows. Simple. People don't have the disposable income to go on $10G vacations like they used to because they "like" the mountains. If they are going to drop that amount of loot, then they have to love it. Everything has it's ups and downs and snowboarding hasn't lost that many participants with whats going on with the snow and economy. Have we lost people to skiing? Sure. Has skiing continued to lose participants to snowboarding? You bet. It's all just sliding down a hill. If your forward or sideways, shits the same.
So, has snowboarding lost it's edge like some cubical fucks in New York say it has? Fuck no. Absolutely not. It's as rad as it's ever been. I bought my first snowboard from the Burton factory in Manchester Ctr. VT in 1985 and it's funner now than it ever was. Go out there with the attitude from the era of the 80's and every-time you get a chance to meet a fellow shred, say hi, talk to them, make a friend, be a human (keep in mind, I need to follow my own advice but…). It's pretty simple, and very rewarding. I don't give two fucks what someones on, what brand their down for. If their out there having fun, not being on a stupid I-Phone, watching TV or riding a mono board, then I'm down for them.
Anyway, get your ass to Stevens Pass this Saturday and rip on the rope tow with Scotty Stevens and Sean Genovese. 3PM, be there.