Well, I know it's not quite 5 years, if anyone cares; I lurked for a couple days before I made an account. I don't normally make things like this, but for some God forsaken reason, I've been more than excited to make a thread claiming 5 years and 4000 posts. I think it works pretty well. Nothing in here will contain hot chicks, or slap shot humour. I'm sorry, but I'm going to take this opportunity to reflect the past 5 years on skiing, NS and me (selfish, I know). The theme for the next 3 paragraphs are progression. Itís happened faster than I thought it would (in the three aspects Iíll talk about). So, if youíre not much of a reader, donít read it. If you do decide to read it, I thank you.
My views of Freeskiing are pretty simple, keep it clean and never stop what youíre doing. Now Iíve seen my fair share for progression, and I can tell you that I never would have expected to see skiing like it is now. Iím new to the park scene, I can share with you that the tricks and creativity have sky rocketed in the park and on the streets. Urban has always been a dream of mine to master, I see the snowboard edits, I see people on NS ask why arenít we there yet and I know that we have the potential. Some accessibility is limited, but itís limited for the boarders too. As for the big mountain scene, itís my passion, itís what I do, itís what Iíve been raised to do and itís what I know. The lines out there are amazing, so much undiscovered potential and so so many people out there that are bringing the urban/park style to the mountains. Like I said though, keep it clean.
Now since Iíve been on NS for the past 5 years, Iíve seen its fair share of progression. Iíve seen the layouts change, along with it being bought up for the first time. Iíve seen the rise and destruction of NSG. Iíve seen the introduction of karma, along with the abuse and whoring of it. Iíve seen the rise of ďtrollingĒ and all that bullshit that we hate. Iíve seen people been burnt, Iíve seen me be burnt, and Iíve seen people given new or second chances on doing the thing they love. Most importantly though, Iíve seen the capacity and generosity that we as a community have towards each other. The ability to help one and another out. Whether itís with gear, snow knowledge. Events or just any day things. Let us remember that we are here to help each other through the thing we love.
As for me, My name is Mason. Iím sure a good percentage of you didnít know that. Hell, the past 2000 posts have been in the past 6 months, but that is because I have moved to a city, and cities have high speed, unlike my parents place in the middle of nowhere. Iíll keep it quick with me, since Iím not here to be selfish. Like stated before, my name is Mason, I am 19. Born March 26th, 1991, the day is infamous for the fact that skiing lost its greatest legend on the day of my 17th birthday. RIP Shane. I grew up in the ďGem of the RockiesĒ, otherwise known as Lake Louise, Alberta. Grew up racing, stopped racing. My first pair of twin tip skis were the 02/03(I think) Line 1260(the blue ones).I then joined a ďfreerideĒ program with Chris Rubens as my coach before the guy went pro. At the age of 12, we packed up and moved to our cottage just outside of Golden, BC. Kicking Horse became my home hill. This hill has shaped me into the skier that stands before you now. I fell in love with the terrain. For those who have skied there, you know why. I joined NS, and thatís what fueled me to do more. NS has given me a window into skiing that I wouldnít have seen anywhere else. Itís been an influence, not just the forums, but the news, reviews and event coverage. So I thank you..
Iíd now like to share me in the past 5 years.
05/06. Donít have a picture. I can tell you this, I had racing pants, and a pair of 03/04 Line Motherships.
06/07 (lolz). The start of my big mountain passion. Line Prophet 90ís, Siver Cartel Suit.
07/08. The Thugs in this picture lasted me 42 days, I snapped themÖI was quite upset.
08/09. Last year of High School. Skied quite a bit, more travelling to competitions, along with my first sponsors..
09/10. The year I ski bummed. I had a car, drove down to Nelson and Rossland during the Canadian Open. Mostly just skied for fun and partied. Did some photo shoots here and there for Kicking Horseís marketing campaigns, pretty good turn out I might add. Bought a pair of Surface One Lifes. The ski changed everything for me. Couldnít imagine my season without them.
10/11. Here we are now. I hope I didnít bore you. Like I said, I donít do this much, so Iím taking my 15 seconds of fame right here, right now. This season, Iím currently attending SAIT in Calgary. Havenít had much skiing lately, but, you canít always get what you want. Iíve been published though, going to be the highlight of my season. This is the season where I am taking up park for the first time, while continuing my big mountain ďcareerĒ.
Thatís it. Iíd like to thank Line for starting me off, Kicking Horse for giving me the sweet life of 2 free years of season passes and Surface skis for supporting me today. . Also thank you to any and all the riders and skiers out there that have influenced our sport, along with my skiing.
For those out there that I have offended, been mad at, or argued with. I donít hate you, I love you, Iím sorry if I have offended you.
For those out there that I have helped, met, skied with or over all made their day. Cheers!
Hereís to another 5 years and 4000 posts. Or for those reaching 5 years or 4000 posts, or to those reaching 10 years and eleventy billion posts.
As Red Green would always say, ďRemember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together.Ē