When we awoke on day 3 conditions had turned from stormy winter to sunny spring. We were literally watching spring take grasp of the Rocky Mountains as the snow began to melt from the trees and daytime temperatures were on the rise.
The RIDGE snowboarding crew recently connected with legendary snowboarder Jason Robinson who is from the Flathead Valley!
J-Rob's snowboarding resume is extensive, to say the least. Last year he was named one of Snowboard Magazine's rider's of the year!
The RIDGE crew had fun chasing J-Rob around Whitefish Mountain, and learning his favorite secret spots around the resort.
As mountain athletes we’re perpetually living in the moment. Our sports require us to be tuned-in and present. If we lose focus, we’ll miss the grab, peel off the rock, eat it on the trail, or biff the landing. For many of us, the act of reliving moments of extreme concentration is what it is all about.
After multiple back-to-back seasons guiding and coaching in the mountains, I feel that I may now have the authority to speak in favor of the rest day- A day I had avoided like the plague in the past. Simply put, a rest day is a ‘day-off’ from mountain sports. Over the years, I’ve noticed that injuries and infamous ‘tweaks’ begin to build up and hinder my performance after multiple back-to-back long days in the mountains.
There is one powerful thing that has stood out about my experiences in the mountains over the last several years. It is the feeling of approaching a challenge and knowing that I am ready for what it has in store for me. Of course, there are times that the mountains are beyond anyone’s control, or when I am out of my league, but that isn't what this is about. This is about that feeling of being in control, and knowing I have the skills to deal with what is in front of me. This is about saying ‘I got this,’ a grammatically questionable catch phrase used by my generation as we push our personal boundaries. This year I took that feeling to the next level and went back to school, with a goal in mind.