Is there more pressure or motivation to keep the streak going now that it has been so long?
Courtney: Motivation. Snowboarding is a huge outlet for me and I’m really passionate about it. Sometimes I get overwhelmed when it's a busy month and I still have to get turns in before the month is over, but after I get out there I remember why I do it. It’s my form of self-care.
Ethan: I think there is definitely more pressure now, purely self-induced, but over the years I have figured out better ways to reduce the pressure. The biggest is trying to get out the first weekend of the month in the summer to ensure I’m not scrambling at the end of the month. Motivation has gone up and down throughout the years. At this point, this has been a great excuse to go camping in the Beartooths every month of the summer and that helps the motivation, they are my happy place.
I would love to summit Mt. Hood one summer as well as travel to South America to get the summer turns in.
Can you talk about your favorite adventure you’ve had that you were on just to keep the streak alive?
Courtney: In July of 2021 my brother and I rode Skyscraper Glacier in Colorado. It was a line we’d been looking at for a couple of years but had been turned away because of weather or the notorious I-70 traffic. We finally had a small weather window so we sent it.
It was honestly terrifying. Skyscraper is a 50+ degree slope and my first steep summer terrain experience. I remember looking over the edge like, if I fall I’m getting rocks to the face. Thomas (my brother) rode from the top, but I cut in a little further down because my legs were shaking so badly.
Then as we hiked back up to the car a gnarly storm came through and we were getting annihilated by hail and running to the car so we wouldn't get struck by lighting. It wasn’t glamorous by any means, but we accomplished a huge goal of ours. And in retrospect, it was pretty hilarious.
Ethan: There are too many to choose from so I’ll share a couple. In July 2020, I summited Trapper Peak, the tallest peak in the Bitterroot Range. It was a hot day and that 4,000 ft (1200 M) elevation gain in 4 miles (8 km) was rough with a snowboard and boots on my back. I was unable to ride from right off the summit and had to down-climb a few hundred feet but the views were amazing and it was one of the longer lines I’ve skied in July.
June 9th of the same year was also pretty epic. The Bridgers got a fresh coat of snow and a few Spark employees and I went out for a dawn patrol. We were able to skin from the car and ski almost back to the car. We rode Hidden Gully, a Bridger Bowl classic, in winter-like conditions.
Getting Vida, my at the time 9-month-old pup, out for her first day skiing in July 2022 was an awesome experience. She was as excited if not more excited than I was to go skiing. It has now been a year and she is following in my footsteps of turns all year and is a true powder hound!