ABOUT THE PHOTO: This photo was taken in the backyard of my college house. Our backyard, consisting of 15 feet of scaffolding as a drop in ramp to different jumps, rails, and transition features is known as "Ducky Mountain." The end of the season in Michigan is always a tough time for the backyard as the snow depreciates very fast. We decided to do a classic end of the year ski hill event in our backyard, the pond skim. We took the remainder of our snow and made a single track from the scaffolding ramp to the pond skim. Throughout the day we started to get a little funky, putting a 20 foot rail over the pond as well as adding a jump to the start of the pond with the goal of jumping over it. Of course, we had to snap some pictures of this with two people laying in the frigid hose water :)
WHAT DOES WINTER MEAN TO YOU?: Winter truthfully means everything to me. Whether I am at a big mountain resort getting free refills all day, at my local hills Alpine Valley and Pine Knob, in the street, or in my own backyard I am most happy strapped into my snowboard in the winter. It is a time where I get to express my creativity. It may sound cheesy but snow is my paint and my backyard is my canvas. I am constantly thinking of features to build and new ways to hit existing features. The possibilities are really endless on what can be built even if that means bringing in pickup truck loads of snow from parking lots in order to build the feature I had in mind. The hard work of building is so rewarding once you get to ride it yourself. More rewarding than that is seeing other people enjoy riding it too. From first timers dropping into the ramp, to late night sessions with closest friends under the lights, to hosting a rail jam with your college ski club, seeing others stoked on winter makes me even more stoked on it. All of this joy is because of winter.