As I write this, we’re just coming off a few days camping in “the lot” at Mt. Bachelor over New Year’s Eve. Our second winter lot camping trip of the season.
A series of storms was stacked up, the winds were gusting across the mountain, the snow was not expected to stop. So, we packed up our van and our four-year-old son and drove all of 30 miles to live at the mountain for a few days. We weren’t alone, plenty of our friends also thought this was a great idea. The experience of being with friends in the mountains embodies what snowboarding is to me at this moment beyond sliding sideways on a board. I could leave it at that, but there’s more.
Snowboarding is constantly changing. There was a time where I might’ve enthusiastically shared that linking turns on a rental board down an icy mogul face was everything. A time where I was so deep into snowboarding that I probably would’ve had some cringe-worthy, overly-impassioned view of it. Fast forward through a tour of snowboarding around the world courtesy of a decade at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine with a heavy dose of the snowboard industry mixed in. Now I’ve found myself on the other side of that ride in Bend, Oregon … still snowboarding.