TLW: HOW DID THE IDEA FOR THIS LAST CHAIR, FIRST RUN PROJECT COME ABOUT?
Carson Storch (CS): I’ve had this idea for a while, originally because of my best friend and pro snowboarder, Ben Ferguson. Growing up with Ben, we always wanted to do this. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it because he was up in Alaska filming. For me it’s pretty cool to be able to do this because there are so many similarities with boarding & biking. The tricks we do, the terrain we ride, and how they feed off each other all cross over. It’s also cool to see how mountain biking has grown to the point of where it is, a lot of snowboarders ride MTB to cross train and have fun in the off-season. Ripping through the trees feels the same on whatever tool you’re on. This project is cool cause we’re able to represent both sports, just session and have fun with one another.
TLW: FAVORITE MTB TERRAIN?
CS: Pretty focused on freeride terrain for the last 5-6 years after transitioning from Slopestyle competitions.
TLW: WHAT IS IT ABOUT FREERIDING?
CS: The opportunities and filming. Competing is awesome but slopestyle is pretty rough and just hard. I feel like the freeride scene is more creative. It lets creativity flow. I found more success in that, doing my own thing, and I have a lot of fun. Whether it’s a big mountain line in Utah terrain near the Rampage site, or anywhere really. Freeriding means anything on any bike. I enjoy riding my trail bike, slope, big bike…I just enjoy riding.
TLW: FAVORITE TRICKS ON A BIKE? CURRENTLY HAVE IN SNOWBOARDING? ASPIRE TO?
CS: My favorite tricks on a snowboard are Frontside Grab Front Three and a Cab 540, back in my golden era of snowboarding those are what I enjoyed. Most of all I love ripping powder, hot tubing off of cliffs- the good stuff.
Mountain bike tricks, I just like progression. All tricks. If I had to choose, it would be spinning any sort of feature is my favorite.
TLW: FAVORITE PLACES TO RIDE MTB?
CS: Oregon. I gotta be bias. There is so much variety in the state of Oregon. Mt. Bachelor, the desert, along the coast. Then Queenstown, New Zealand and British Colombia are my all-time favorites out of the states.
TLW: FAVORITE PLACES TO SNOWBOARD?
CS: Baldface, BC. That place ruined me. Haha. Mt. Bachelor is my next favorite.
TLW: FAVORITE SNOWBOARDERS?
CS: Ben Ferguson. I think he reps style in snowboarding. I am also a big fan of Luke Winkelmann. Travis Rice, obviously too. There are so many.
TLW: CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SET UP?
CS: This course definitely exceeded my expectations. We’ve had so many Zoom calls, photo & video sharing. It’s hard to tell unless you’re here. The Snowshoe crew killed it; the bike stuff is rowdy, and the snow features are so dialed, unique, and creative. The features definitely complement one another. Bike course is fast, loose, greasy, and has decent size features. Snow side looks flowy and fun. It all has a creative aspect. I am excited to see the snowboarders to do their thing and how they react to all the features they have in front of them.