This ability to have creative control over what you’re doing, and getting exercise at the same time… it’s just such great mental therapy, if nothing else. And it’s a side of snowboarding you don’t get with filming, you know? It’s really fun to film and land tricks that you have been working on – that’s an accomplishment and a great feeling. But it’s really different than just being out when there’s no ulterior motive. When Bryan and I are up there shredding on pow days, it’s like no one else even knows we’re there. No one would know any of that existed besides the two of us. You’re in a peaceful area, with no people around, and the snow sucks up all the noise. It’s that magical silence you’re in that’s just… it’s just not man-created, you know? It’s just snow falling in the wilderness.

Scotty Whitlake,