What happens when you take the largest snowboarding premier of its kind and tweak the format everyone has known and loved? This is what’s happening this year with the annual Hot Dawgs and Handrails event at Bear Mountain.
In years past this staple of an event has been free to the public. We’ve covered it before, both with being there and how to get the same experience without leaving your home. This is the official preseason kickoff to snowboard season.
Well throw the free event format out the window this year. HDHR is stepping up to a ticketed format and going to be two days long. Sure we will still get our live streamed event courtesy of Red Bull and Snowboarder Mag, but for those that actually want to witness this railfest in the wild you’re going to have to shell out some money. Tickets range in price depending on the tier you choose from $15 up to $90. But relax, for season pass holders you can save 20%! It’s not like this event has been a gathering point for the indigenous people of Southern California to congregate to and purchase their season passes for the upcoming winter.
Perhaps this is the organizers way of trying to recoup some expenses or it could be an attempt to mimic The Snowboard On The Block Festival. Both are now two day long events, both revolve around snowboarding, movies, and music, but only one has charged since its inception. Is this a good thing? The jury is still out on that.
But with anything you either need to progress and grow or you stagnate and die. Is this progression? Will it draw the same crowd of die hard snowboarders, bro-dozer driving tank top wearers, and overly large girls in spandex that fight in the crowd? Or will it become another event where the music takes precedence over the snowboarding community we’ve built that continually tries to rally together to show others that doing this activity in the winter can be fun and should be enjoyed? I leave that up to you to decide.