By Brandon Pendergast | Assistant Sales Manager, RIDE Snowboards
This journey starts with a good crew and ends with killer views and LOTS of fresh POW!!! In February 2017, RIDE Snowboards took ten lucky shop riders to Monarch Mountain CAT Operation in beautiful Colorado for a private shred session. And it was a RIDE shop trip to remember.
The crew arrived into Denver over two days, from all across the United States. From New Jersey to Arizona, the gang was ready to get down to business. So upon arrival, we piled them into a van and shipped them up into the mountains.
RIDE Shop Trip: Day One
For the first day of riding on Wednesday, we were joined by Kody Reeves from Clark’s Snow Sports (California), Kenny Good from Tahoe Sports Hub (California), Alex Johnson from Aspen Ski and Board (Ohio), Jared Williams from Colorado Ski and Golf (Colorado), Ellen Kaufman from Boulder Ski Deals (Colorado) and Nick Schuvieller from The House (Minnesota).
The crew on the first day. Stoked for steep and deep!
And what perfect day we had! We lucked out and got out of the CAT onto a foot of new snow. And the light wind delivered continuous refills all day. Heading out at the crack of dawn, everyone got fresh tracks and there were lots of high-fives. In fact, everyone was having so much fun that we rode hard until after 3pm.
Nick Schuvieller from The House getting some turns in.
Waiting for the guide to cut the first line.
Rider’s choice for the day: Alter Ego & Warpig
Total RIDE takeover! Getting unloaded to take some laps at Monarch.
RIDE Shop Trip: Day Two
On the second day, the skies cleared and the second group of arrivals started the day with some resort laps at Salida.
The Thursday crew included Andrew Pettis from Erik’s Bike Shop (Minnesota), Mark Roberto from The Ski Barn (New Jersey), Carl Rideout from SKI PRO (Arizona), Trevor Toth from Summit Sports (Wisconsin) and the legendary Bernie Ba from PowderTools (Colorado).
Day 2 Crew at the top of No Name Bowl.
Our three local guides took us out to No Name Bowl for BIGGG POW turns and some super DOG tree laps–which was a real treat at 11,000 feet! The whole crew showed up and represented, slashing carves all day. This day defined true backcountry snowboarding: big bowls and deep tree POW.
No Name Bowl under blue Colorado skies.
Inside the CAT on the way to the top. Props to our guides, Andy and Brian!
Picking lines from the top of No Name Bowl against a Rockies backdrop.
Until Next Season
RIDE couldn’t do what we do without the support of our local shops, and this was just a small way of saying thank you to them for all their hard work this season. Also, a huge thanks to the regional sales reps who came out and Monarch Mountain CAT Operations for the expertise some of the best lines of the season! Until next year.
Big shout-out to Monarch Cat Skiing for a great shred!