“These are the kids that kill it just as hard as the ‘other East Coast’ kids. They’re kind of like the ‘what about us? We’re east coast, too’ crew. These aren’t academy riders. They don’t have the luxury of travelling to multiple resorts in their own backyard. They have one resort, and that’s their resort. That’s their sense of pride and ownership.”
So says Holiday Valley’s Pat Morgan, who is organizing a new contest series known as the Eastern Snowboard League. It’s a three-event series that will take place at Holiday Valley in Western New York, Big Boulder Park in Pennsylvania and 7-Springs (also in Pennsylvania). ESPN’s interview with Morgan is here.
Personally I think it’s a great idea. It channels the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that I think exists a bit with riders repping small hills vs. west coast folks. I’d encourage them to have a look at expanding this north of the border if it takes off.