theabortionatorThe smaller home mom and pop hills in your hometown for sure. Something about that never gets old. I think in a couple years I'm going to try to take over a fixer upper park program at a small mountain and get back into that zone. Something about the charm of those smaller hills. Would I vacation there? Fuck no. Would I spend the season there? Absolutely. Tearing around the hill, hot laps in the park, and cold beers with friends in the lodge. Knowing nearly all of the employees and a good chunk of people on the hill. I dig them vibes
It depends if your working with private owners or a board member owned hill. If you know the owner, its pretty easy getting your foot in the door to build a park, a park team and a community on that mountain. When you are dealing with a board, you are dealing with a bunch of 70 year olds that truly believes that if they 6 year old granddaughter cant do it, it shouldnt be there in the first place. I gave up trying to get my foot in the door to work in the park; it was a scene I was super committed to, but was always turned down. Its why I left Quebec and the maritimes.
I love whitewater. Most people there are locals who come up almost every day. Riding with the 60+ age group locals is sick. They have no expectations and every run was an awesome run, no matter the conditions. Its a place you can high five the lifty every run.
Every hill has their charm, you just got to find it.