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The man can really hold you down when you ride at a resort. Always telling you to “slow down,” “don’t go there,” and of course, charging you for the pleasure. You might believe those minor inconveniences are a required part of the snowboard routine, but with a little creativity and effort, snowboarding doesn’t have to be bound by the chairlift, or a mediocre park. Whether it’s a set up in your backyard or deep in the woods, DIY snowboard spots are popping up everywhere. Check out a few secret spots around the globe, all of which definitely beat the life line on a holiday Saturday!
Somewhere in the Northwest woods lies the Tone Zone. A mystical place to mystical that the Visual Collective will probably kill us if we tell you exactly where it is. (Actually, we don’t really know.)
And on the other side of the world, we’re happy to report the DIY shred is alive and well too. This edit made its way all the way from the woods of Madrid, Spain to land in this very post, and doesn’t even involve any man-made plastic crap. Just some all natural, environmentally friendly shredding from Juan and Jorge Polan, Matias Ian MiÃ±o and Paul Puig.
While it might not be very well hidden, the Kroozer Krew’s set up outside the Summits in Gov’y certainly does not require a lift ticket. It’s also slightly more convenient than hiking into the woods, and even though there are three resorts within 10 minutes, you really can’t beat stepping out our front door to ride.
So if you can’t afford a ticket, or you just don’t want to deal with over zealous ski patrol, don’t let it get you down. Get out there and find your own secret spot! But don’t try and poach these ones, ya jerk.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of spots, just a few edits we received in the last few days. Feel free to post links to your edits below, we promise to approve them.