Home Town: Bozeman, MT
Home Mountain: Bridger Bowl
Snowboarding Since: 1999
Riding Venture Since: 2013
Bio: Ethan was born in Southern California but quickly moved north to the Pacific Northwest where he first took to the snow on skis at age 5. At age 10, he decided to try out snowboarding and never went back. Ethan moved to Bozeman Montana to attend Montana State and to snowboard as much as possible. It was there that Ethan and a friend made their first DIY splitboards and bindings using assorted parts from old gear and some bent sheet metal. This makeshift introduction to splitboading changed his thoughts about where a snowboard could take you and in a town like Bozeman, it can take you far, opening up a wide variety of options in the multiple surrounding mountain ranges. Now, he is obsessed. Splitboarding has brought him to some of the most amazing places over the last decade. When he isn’t chasing the white wave Ethan is hiking, mountain biking, or camping with his wife and their two dogs. Ethan pays the bills as a Design Engineer for Spark R&D.
Best Snowboarding Memory? The first day of the second annual Bozeman Splitfest started out like any other winter morning. I woke up, started making coffee and read the avalanche report. The report showed a lot of accumulation and a low avalanche danger, in other words, it was game on. I met up with the rest of the crew and we caravanned to the trailhead. We loaded up on the sleds and hit the trail for the 7-mile ride into the zone. We were the first crew out there so the snow was untouched. We rode 3 lines on the main headwall and then headed up the ridge towards Arrowhead Peak. This was a scramble for a little over an hour over rocks and ice. We got to the top and roshamboed to see who was going first. We all road down through some epic conditions!!! We got back to the sleds and road back to the trailhead. We then immediately headed to Map Brewing for a beer and to hear the stoke from everyone at Splitfest!!!
Why Venture? Venture Boards are hand built in the USA! Not only does the attention to detail that goes into each board show true passion for the sport but they are also the most durable boards out there.