Hometown: Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
Currently resides: Bend, OR, USA
Current sponsors: Jones Snowboards, Mt Bachelor, Tactics
Bindings: Arc ST Pro

Marissa Krawczak hails from the nighttime icy slopes of Nub’s Nob, Michigan. Now based in Central Oregon, she is a passionate freerider who enjoys riding in all conditions and terrain types. Her many summers spent sleeping on the ground as a wildland firefighter has carried over into her natural knack for long walks on the splitboard and enthusiasm for winter camping. She is a fixed-wing pilot and mountain biker who just loves being outside and most of all snowboarding.

Q & A

Talk about your most epic splitboard adventure:

My most epic splitboard adventure has been into the remote ends of the Pasayten Wilderness in Northern Washington. I spent 6 nights on a self-supported snow camping mission with a crew of 4 other people. We carried all of our supplies about 20 miles into untracked forest this past spring and rode some incredible terrain with no other signs of humans all week. We drank water unfiltered from the river and slept under the stars, doing our best to stay warm and dry. Our timing was incredible and we got to see some of the most beautiful and desolate terrain that not a lot of people visit even in the summer. Standing on top of far away ridgelines and riding through arbitrary stands of tamarack trees was incredible, to say the least.

What has most influenced your backcountry riding?

I grew up in the rural north woods of Michigan so I feel at home in the backcountry walking around in the trees and mountains. I love being outside and being totally immersed in my surroundings so I am continually influenced by new terrain and ever-changing conditions. I am obsessed with creating lines that flow down the mountainsides and add to the aesthetic of the natural landscapes.

What are you most excited about for the 23/24 season?

I am looking forward to seeing what the weather does and taking some long walks in the woods! I want to find some good conditions to open it up on!


What inspires you?

My family, all of my snowboarding friends in all different aspects of riding inspire me, as well as, big mountain skiers and mountaineers!


Why ride Spark R&D gear?

I have found Spark R&D to be the most dependable, lightest, and quickest transitioning binding on the market - leading to maximum fun time. Spark has put so much passion and engineering into this pursuit of effortless transitions and it speaks volumes through their product when out in the middle of nowhere.