It takes a lot of work to keep our parks in tip-top shape. We have an outstanding park crew team who works around the clock to make sure our parks are of “Best in the Midwest” condition.
If you see these guys out on the hill, be sure to say “hey” and let them know how they’re doing. Read on to find out what they ride, their favorite features and a couple other tidbits.
JOHN GARDNER SCHMID
27 years old
John is the team morale booster. He’s always having a good time, talking to everyone, finding the positivity in everything. John’s words of wisdom? “If it’s yellow, let it mellow!”
Gear of Choice: Salomon Skis, Look Bindings, and when my stuff starts breaking, whatever brand gets me on the slopes!
Favorite Feature: I like the jumps!
Best part of Park Crew: Working with cool people that have the same passions in the ski and ride industry that I do! We all love to shred.
Other Hobbies: Surf, Skate, Travel
21 years old
Drew is the team perfectionist. He is always checking that every lip is cut perfectly, every rail is straight and every feature on the hill is set appropriately. When he’s not checking every inch of a feature, he’s working overnight training to be a snowcat operator!
Ski/Board? Snowboard verzure
Gear of Choice: Not too picky, rocker over camber all day. Capita Green Machine+Union Contacts
Favorite Feature: Burton Lakeside Rail
Best part of Park Crew: Building out parks. I like putting in my ideas and making the parks as legit as possible. Having the chance to do things like coach at So-Gnar
Other Hobbies: Skating, hanging with my girlfriend, camping, traveling, biking, chillin’ hard.
20 years old
Nate is known for his sense of humor and ability to make anyone laugh. His team members call him one of the most down-to-earth people they’ve ever met and they love his work ethic. Look for Nate throwing prime front boards in the Monster City Park.
Gear of Choice: Flat or reverse camber all day. Capita Ultrafear+Rome 390 Bindings
Favorite Feature: The Parking Gate in Monster City Park… it throws you off.
Best part of Park Crew: Late night builds when everone is beyond tired and it takes hours to finish setting features because everyone is just slap happy.
Other Hobbies: Backwoods shenanigans, skating, camping, shooting guns… anything to do with nature.
18 years old
Ski/Board? Snowboard forever, my one true love.
Gear of Choice: Burton, baby
Favorite Feature: Big kickers, down-flat-downs, every rail/box
Best part of Park Crew: The smiles on kids faces after they see the amazing parks. All the wonderful people. I do it ‘cus I love it.
Other Hobbies: Wakeboarding, skateboarding, wakeskating, wake surf, motocross, any and everything that involves a board.
18 years old
Ski/Board? Ski the original
Gear of Choice: K2 skis, Full Tilt boots, Rossignol Bindings
Favorite Feature: Jumps, urban rails, double barrels!
Best part of Park Crew: Working with a bunch of homies. Doing night builds and then getting to enjoy it!
Other Hobbies: Too many. I wear many hats. Motorcycles, traveling, anything fast and loud. DJ’ing Cannonsburg Events
20 years old
Gear of Choice: Bataleon Disaster 148, Switchback Bindings, ThirtyTwo Boots
Favorite Feature: Kink rail, down bars, butter boxes
Best part of Park Crew: Building the best parks in the Midwest!
Other Hobbies: Skateboarding, working on my car, traveling