If you regularly view snowboard videos, you have seen the insane amount of edits coming out of the Midwest. These edits are primarily coming out of Trollhaugen and Hyland. Popularized by crews, such as VideoGrass, HOBO Shredwear, and their own local crew 1817. These crews have been putting out edits at these resorts because of how popular the local videos have become.
We feel there’s two reasons snowboarders watch edits; either for the sheer entertainment value or to get stoked to ride. There’s a severe disconnect between casual snowboarder and the big budget snowboarding. It doesn’t seem like they could ever get into the backcountry to drop gnarly cliffs. Seeing these Midwest kids ride rails inspires many to want to go to their local terrain park and try some of the tricks they’ve seen in edits. Thousands of kids might not have the money to go out west and ride backcountry but they can get inspired by these edits and go get really good on a rail in their backyard or a small hill.
One thing adding to the fun factor of the the Midwest rail scene is because these kids are just riding rails every day doing hot laps. I mean ya we’ve all seen the Sundays in the Park or a Mammoth edit, but when some Midwest edit comes out everyone stops to take a look. If you go onto any snowboard website that posts news and videos you’ll realize that a hefty portion of the edits are Midwest kids slaying the smallest of hills. A consistent theme in all these edits is that clip of everyone riding the rope. The more time you’re on your board the better wouldn’t we agree? Hence why riding a rope tow is beneficial! Whether its standing on your board doing one footed butters up the hill or slashing pow down the backwoods.
The park lift at Keystone Colorado takes about 7 minutes to get up to the top of the park. I’m guessing the park rope tow at Trollhaugen is about 1-2 minutes or less because its a damn hill! Not saying that’s a bad thing, it’s just a fact.
Midwest hills are perfect for terrain parks, they’re accessible to thousands of boarders who can’t make it out west and the edits coming from out there just make people super stoked to ride rails. This is why we wish more places had rope tows, think of the endless potential!