High Tide or Low Tide: A Gathering of the Tribe In Glacier, WA

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Sometimes it snows—sometimes it doesn’t. It’s out of our control. But you know what is in our control? A party. A gathering of the tribe. A celebration of snowboarding, because it’s so much more than just deep powder days with friends, although those are nice.

Such was the case in Glacier, WA this past Saturday. As the spring equinox rolled past and hopes of an abridged version of the Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom came and went, a dedicated crew of PNW boardsports lifers moved forward with a legendary gathering at Glacier’s Chair 9. First and foremost it was a celebration of 20 years of Jamie Lynn’s timeless style and artistic stylings with Lib Tech, including an extensive collection of original works on display—a huge treat for those who have ridden gear adorned with his artwork for two decades now. Plus, Mr Lynn himself took to the stage for an impromptu performance with Wes Makepeace as Tittyfish. But there was an altruistic cause to this event as well: a fundraising effort to provide a Grindline bowl to the community of Glacier and create a space for sideways flow through all seasons.

With product and original artwork available in both a silent auction and raffle format from a multitude of supportive individuals and companies, a capacity crowd was on hand, a true representation of the dedication of the snowboard community in the upper left, USA. Indeed, our community is held together by a deeper bond than any light winter can break. And by the end of the night, the fundraising efforts exceeded budget—they should be pouring concrete as soon as weather conditions allow.

And up at Mt Baker? Well, it was snowing, and those with a little motivation and a good pair of lungs went and got their spring powder day, too—a timely gift from Mother Nature.

A huge thanks goes out to the community of Glacier, Ryan Davis and the Mervin MFG family, Pete and the crew at Chair 9, and Vans, Evo, Asymbol, Mt Baker Ski Area, Volcom, Diecutstickers.com, Mt Baker Snowboard Shop and Pabst Blue Ribbon. I’ll bet it’s snowing by the time the Legendary Banked Slalom rolls around in 2016 and the tribe will gather once again to celebrate a bond that runs decades deep in the northwest reaches of Cascadia.


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