On the road: Day 1 – Who needs a house when you have a car?
Words & photos: Alba Pardo
Spring is the time of the year when everyone begins smiling again and sunny days are happy days. When it comes to spring riding, the gaper look, flannels and t-shirts are the rave for the slushy snowboarding conditions. However, there are people that just can’t get enough, and what’s the end of the winter for most is the beginning of an adventure for those few who call themselves riders, and so is the case of Seth Hill.
“No one questions how amazing Colorado is, but as April approached and the snow rapidly melted I knew it was time for an adventure and to head out West”
Having the car fully loaded with everything we need we hit the road towards, well, wherever we can find snow and friends. And just like that, we became the definition of homeless.
In any snowboard trip towards the West, SLC is a must. After a quick pit stop at the American Fork Skatepark we arrived at big mountain rider Adam Drost’s house. He instantly took on the role of host and guide around Snowbird, where we´d also met with Mark Edlund and his crew to ride with for the day.
“Although Snowbird has been hurting on snow all season long, the world class terrain creates limitless possibilities,” says Adam. “Growing up here has molded the way I view snowboarding and after playing the role of proud host pointing out all the technical and big lines accessible directly under the tram, Seth, with the most enthusiasm of the entire ride up, tapped me on the shoulder to make me check out a close-out rail. I could not wait to see how a park rider of his magnitude would handle a real mountain,” explained Drost between laughs. “But he stepped to the occasion: when the snow finally softened up Seth started throwing down. The first large booter on Chips is the moto and is a cat track gap. Seth was eying a runway that I’ve never seen before. He dropped in and landed bolts first try.”
Adam Drost is now healing from a severe back and hip injury from a boardercross accident, yet he was happy to come ride and show us the area. “I have never ridden with a park rat who could charge so hard on real terrain. I can’t wait to shred with him on a pow day and see what he is capable of,” Adam concludes.
It certainly was a fun and productive day in the mountain. And the VIP invitations for the Cliff Lodge Spa that the Snowbird communications manager Emily Moench handed us were just the cherry on the cake. The roof top pool and hot tub with stunning views to the resort became our perfect bed for a well-deserved nap.