It was a beautiful East Coast weekend at Mountain Creek on February 9-10, 2019. The snow was fast, the air was crisp, and the sky was bluebird and sunny. It was the kind of conditions you look forward to on the Eastern Seaboard–hardpack corduroy and sunny skies that catalyze a particularly impressive breed of edge control and send-it-in-the-park ability–a well-deserved, regional tenacity. Snowboarders have long cut their teeth on the trails of Mountain Creek and last weekend, the resorts’ ranks of riders were bolstered by 60 women who arrived en masse for the second annual edition of Beyond the Boundaries Women’s Snowboard Camp.
Just off South Peak’s main park line that runs from top-to-bottom of the mountain, the Mountain Creek Terrain Park crew led by Matty Reinhardt had stocked a run with rails, boxes, jumps and creative features like a pole jam with a double-sided landing, a small hitching post perfect for learning, a slanted dance floor, and a mini ollie-on tube. It was a perfect progression park for the 50 women and 8 coaches who were spending the weekend adding to their bags of tricks. Christine Savage, Ari Morrone, Madison Blackley, Alice Gong, Ashley Giangregorio, Mary Walsh, Nikki Goodwin, and Savannah Golden had journeyed to the land of pizza and park laps for the weekend and were stoked to shred with the Creek crew.
Christine Savage, co-founder of Beyond the Boundaries, learned to snowboard on the trails of Creek and so each year, returning to her original home mountain to share her love of park riding with women from NJ, NY, PA and beyond is one of the best parts of winter. “Mountain Creek shaped who I am as a snowboarder,” said Christine. “It is the place where I hit my first box and fell in love with riding park. Getting to come ride here and share how much I love boarding with such a rad crew of women every winter is always a highlight of my season. All these Tri-state area chicks rip–they’ve got so much style and are also so tough! It’s so incredible watching everyone learn new tricks and progress. And we all get to eat NJ bagels every day for breakfast. That’s definitely a bonus.”
Madison Blackley flew out to Creek from Salt Lake to coach for the weekend for her first NJ snowboarding experience. “The women are badass here,” added Madison. “They throw down on everything in front of them and when they’re learning something new, they don’t hesitate to get up and try again. They just love snowboarding and it was so exciting watching them dial in new tricks over the course of the weekend.”
There are few things better than dialing in one’s first frontboard, learning a layback, or perfecting a front 360…and then celebrating with a slice of NJ pizza. Each day of BTBounds at Creek started off with laps, hiking in the park, high fives and double hits on the jib line and ended with cheersing to a day well spent, in The Kink on Saturday and with pizza on Sunday. Jackie Tal, Mountain Creek Digital Communications Manager, has been instrumental in bringing the event to Creek the past two years. “We look forward to Beyond the Boundaries weekend all year long and when it arrives the camp never disappoints,” said Jackie. “It's an awesome opportunity for our East Coast ladies to connect, make lifelong friends and to progress in such a comfortable and cool environment. The camaraderie from the weekend continues even after the Beyond the Boundaries crew leaves and that's something that we absolutely love seeing. These women stick together and seeing them on hill weeks later having a blast together is the greatest fulfillment out there.”
Thanks to the Hugh, Chris, Jackie, Matty, and the entire crew at Creek, Clif Bar, Red Bull, all of the sponsors, and of course, all of the ladies who came out and ripped over the weekend! See you next year!