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Here Comes the Eastern Snowboard League

“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.

Discussion

  1. So who do you think has better skills, the west or east?

    Posted by how to snowboard | November 16, 2010, 12:00 pm
  2. the European kids, of course!
    (alpine towns in France, Switzerland and Austria – that’s where they breed the most extreme downhill talent – something in the water…)

    Posted by snoman | November 19, 2010, 8:35 pm
  3. Those east coast kids know how to take a hit…cuz of all the ice they got, compared to us in Colorado!

    Posted by snowboard size chart | November 28, 2010, 8:32 pm
  4. It’s more laid back out west too.

    Posted by Ski Boot Dryers | November 30, 2010, 12:45 pm
  5. Also think it’s a great idea. This should really put it to the test – who’s best? east or west?!

    Posted by snowboard sale | January 21, 2011, 6:48 am
  6. Battle of the coasts lol

    Posted by Dirtball Fashion | January 21, 2011, 4:30 pm
  7. So whats the results, east or west?

    Posted by Tyler | February 8, 2011, 6:35 pm
  8. I have been an east coast rider for years and I hate to say it… but nothing is like riding out west.

    Posted by Snowboard Reviews | September 7, 2011, 9:33 pm
  9. This is an awesome idea i think. When people think of snowboarding sometimes the Mid-west kids get looked past, but these kids kill it harder than anyone. I think that these contest are going to be a hit. The level of riding is going to be high and kids are going to have to put down some serious tricks. A lot of people think Mid-west kids cant jump and are only good at rails, this is also not true. these kids know and love snowboarding.

    Posted by eastcoastaah | October 10, 2011, 10:43 am
  10. Take a look at shredsocial.com – get resort data, track where you’ve been, buy lift tickets, upload photos and videos, connect with boarder friends.

    Posted by bronco1080 | October 11, 2011, 9:59 pm
  11. Hey Adam… where have all the updates gone? 🙂

    Posted by VancityAllie | October 20, 2011, 6:14 pm
  12. I give it up for east coast snowboarders. The dedication of the riders to their home resorts and their progression of park riding. The west coast guys might be in trouble!

    Posted by Kevin Pearce | November 15, 2011, 7:14 am
  13. give it up for both, yo!

    Posted by snowboarding | November 16, 2011, 5:12 pm
  14. An older blog of yours…but definitely enjoyed reading it! Glad your back and writing again!

    Posted by Snowboarding | December 20, 2011, 6:35 pm
  15. My snowboarding group has dwindled down to just me, is there anyone taking a trip out west and need another person to fill a spot?

    Posted by Snowman | March 11, 2012, 12:32 am