Groms rip it up at White Hills Resort
Young boarders show off their skills
Nothing is more impressive than watching a person less than half your age flying jumps and riding rails at the ski hill when you are just learning to ride the lift.
For snowboarders, that person is called a grommet or grom, a young snowboarder, skateboarder or surfer.
This Saturday groms were demonstrating just how much they could do during the Canada Snowboard Riders event at White Hills Resort. Seven riders between the ages of seven and 14 competed in a jam-style competition in the terrain park.
Each rider completed as many runs as they could in a one-hour session, and each was given feedback on what he or she did well. Everyone came away with prizes. Participant Lily Bailey had a lot of fun. rating the event at least “a thousand thousand out of 10.”
Event volunteer Gabe Fisher was one of the first people snowboarding on the east coast of Newfoundland. Fisher competed nationally in the early days of the sport. But he’s not focusing on competition now, and he doesn’t pressure the kids to do so either.
“I prefer coaching at this level,” says Fisher “If these guys want to compete, I’m all about it. For me, snowboarding is for fun.”
Snowboarding at White Hills right now is young, with relatively small jumps and a focus on youth riding. Boarders in Newfoundland and Labrador do not benefit from school-sponsored snowboard programs like students in some other parts of the country.
According to Fisher, the skill here is very impressive and despite the challenges, adults and kids who love to ride will continue to hit the slopes as long as mother nature allows.
Gabe Fisher fields some safety questions from the young riders at the top of the terrain park.
Tyler Howell rides a rail
Big air for Elliott Bailey on the jump