The future of Stevens Pass
Stevens Pass has been the home of pro shredders from the likes of Matt Goodwill and Tim Carlson, to modern day rippers like Joe Bosler and photographers like Brian Schaefer. While Stevens has gererally been the home of old school snowboarders, the future is bright for the mountain that lies in the middle of the Washington Cascade mountains. There’s been a whole new generation of up and comers that not only tear it up on the mountain, but seem to all be friends off the mountain as well. This positive vibe is creates a natural push to ride more technical lines in the side country as well as going bigger and bigger in the park. They say attitude is everything, and these young souls live for fun, powder, and hot laps through the park. There are so many people that ride together, that it often turns out with enormous groups all blasting through the park all together. The progression that comes from this type of community is pretty impressive. Everyone seems to always be in good moods and solely focused on having a good time while pushing not only themselves, but each other in the process.
The generation of seasoned shredders is still alive and well with riders such as Monty Hays, Elan Bushell, Kurt Jenson, Tim Carlson, Austen Sweetin, Austin Hironaka, and Joe Bosler. There’s also a new generation that’s charging into the future with their own style and determination. The young bucks understand their predecessors have paved the way for them and the level of respect shown towards them is obvious. However, these young kids have their own style and are really stepping up their collective game.
This group is deep in diversity in not only riding styles, but personalities as well. I’ll attempt to name as many of these fresh faces as possible, but I know I’ll miss a few as there are so many to list. Leading the way of the new generation is Matt Wainhouse with his ultra smooth style and backcountry knowledge beyond his years. Also, Ryan Tucker has been blowing minds with contortionist quality methods and double wildcats to name a few of his stock tricks. There’s the McColl brothers Jack and Ted hailing from Sequim, WA. The McColl brothers along with Ryan Tucker started up a production company making their own edits under the name Fresh Cut Films. The Hot Lava crew featuring Ian Wood, photographer Jordan Ingmire, Ryan McLauglin, and Ryan Waiste has been on top of their game for several years. Other riders of note are Andy Stern, Andy Bergin-Sperry, Kevin Hanson, Stu “the liftie”, Michigan man, Matt Penny, Bart Patitucci, Jordon Frager, Travis Claughton, Marvin Pingera, Ryan Browne, Seth Stusser, and Hans Jangaard. Also from the girls side we have Kryn Allen who is down for working hard to keep herself on the men as a cat driver this season.