Mountain GOAT: Danny Kass, General of the Grenade Army
Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Danny Kass
In 2001, shortly after Danny Kass landed back-to-back 1080s at the Burton US Open, kicking off a four-year run of dominating the famed halfpipe contest, the New Jersey-born general of the Grenade Army began his rise through the ranks as snowboarding's de facto antihero.
Far from the traditional pipe jock, Kass embodied an effortless, anti-establishment ethos, all while collecting back-to-back silvers in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and more precious medals in the X Games from 2001 to 2005. Off the podium, Danny had ten fingers on the pulse as Grenade Gloves quickly covered every snowboarder's hands from the mid-atlantic to the PNW, gaining momentum through spray-painted logos, picket signs at events, and a shred mecca headquarters in Mammoth made up of displaced East Coasters. More a movement than a company, Grenade served up a punk rock ethos to a new generation of riders looking for an alternative to the status quo and via Soldiers of the Frozen Battlefield Productions movies, Kass and his cohorts put out serious riding next to intros filled with zombies, nerds, and fallen rock idols.
Contest domination, lauded video parts, and a relentless ease of style no matter the terrain earned the youngest Kass brother six repeat spots in SNOWBOARDER's Top Ten Riders of the Year. Throughout it all, Danny did it unapologetically his way; as his fame rose outside of snowboarding, his reputation within the walls of the halfpipe never wavered. To this end, here at SNOWBOARDER, we unanimously salute Danny Kass as a decorated member of the Greatest of All Time.