For longtime readers of this publication, the voice behind these words may seem both alien and familiar. The reason for this is simple: My name is Pat Bridges and for more than two decades I was a staff writer for Snowboarder Magazine (albeit the one without “Jackson Hole” in its name).
If you’ve ever seen a group of groms [young riders] ripping around Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and wondered who they were, it’s probably Marvin Martel and his friends. It doesn’t matter what the conditions are; Marvin will be out on the mountain charging around and smiling from ear to ear. There is way more to snowboarding than just being on a board. There is a deep culture and lifestyle that fully embodies snowboarding and Marvin is completely engulfed by it. He is constantly telling stories about his adventures of the day on snow and loves sharing his stoke for riding with the other kids.
Alex Isley has ridden his snowboard every month for more than 100 months. He ticked off that milestone in October 2022, and–for those who are bad at math–that’s eight years and three months of consecutive riding. Is your mind blown? “There was zero goal of riding every month until I met this guy Ryan Halverson,” Isley revealed.
I practically smeared my face against the oval window as we neared the Chigmit Range on the North of the Cook Inlet in Alaska. Our little bush plane, crammed with a team of Alaskans and Jacksonites, soared over the open water and then into the vast wilderness this past spring. White plumes exploded from the plane’s skis bouncing on the snow as we landed.
When the world ended Rob Kingwill went for a hike I will never forget the day the lifts stopped spinning. It was a bright and beautiful morning in March of 2020 and a foot of new snow had fallen overnight at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Everything seemed perfect. I arrived early and was headed toward the Tram dock when I heard the news: JHMR was closed for the season due to COVID-19.
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