Twenty-eight years later, that hasn’t changed, but it’s easy to forget that at one time someone had to fight to build a pipe and park. They had to beg for the basic tools to sculpt features on the face of runs and bring their vision to life. While shots of snowmobile accessed terrain have become so commonplace in media that they make up the majority of backcountry images run today, it’s also easy to forget that the trails the current generation of pros follow all had to be broken by a few riders with little idea what they were doing on machines that were woefully underpowered.
These stories are part of what we set out to find with Origins. For the first half of the project, we focused on the riding and influences of three riders that Whistler irrevocably shaped—Rusty Ockenden, Chris Rasman, and Matt Belzile. You can see that in their Origins movie part.
The second half of the project, here, looks more closely at the forces that shaped freestyle snowboarding in Whistler.
For the history of freestyle snowboarding at Mammoth, watch the Origins Extended : Mammoth Mountain documentary here.