Started riding Mountain High in the eighties before June Mtn opened to boarders, and Chuck Barfoot was often seen in the parking lot with his beater Subaru held together with bailing wire, good times. I quickly graduated from a used Burton Elite 150 to a Sims 1700 Ultimate Powder, not long before the James Bond movie came out with that board ridden by Steve Link. Moved to Boulder, Colorado, for school and snowboarding, not necessarily in that order, and started teaching snowboarding at Eldora Mountain, where I would meet a group of guys who would help define my snowboard and outdoor life for the next twenty years. Moved to Winter Park the following season and worked my way through American Association of Snowboard Instructor's cetification to Level III. (It did not hurt my riding.) Snowcat tours throughout Colorado, from Steamboat, to Monarch, to Ice Pirates on Molass Pass, and many days of 10th Mountain Hut touring, split-boarding from the Never Summers to Irwin Lodge outside Crested Butte, to seven days of Berthoud Pass closed due to avalanche conditions, and actually see the contours of Mary Jane and Winter Park mountains change from 70 plus inches of snow in one night. Thank God for swallowtails!!! Recently graduated to short, fat Jones Hovercrafts and not looking back. Though I do see getting back on a Never Summer, nothing cuts chatter better, or a classic Burton Custom, the boards I learned to ride switch on!