At Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, we have always prided ourselves on being a family friendly mountain. That means a little something for everyone, including terrain parks. We have been lucky enough to have terrain park crews that, over the past 4 years, have raised the bar for not only mountains our size, but for the industry in general.
Moon Valley Parks, as it was dubbed last year, was one of the first parks on the East Coast to create a “Stash Park,” an all-natural park created from materials harvested right on our mountain. We have frequent USASA sanctioned events for local skiers and riders to qualify for national events and also boast our own “Winter Wars” terrain park series with cash prizes and giveaways.
It was only natural that we try and bring larger events to our mountain. This year we are proud to be a new venue for the Empire State Winter Games, hosting the Big Air and Slopestyle competitions right here in Malone, NY.
The Empire State Winter Games are less than a week away. Sitting at the base of The Face, large snow piles have been molded into jumps and landing pads, their magnitude not fully understood until you take Chair IV up the hill and the jumps tower over you.
Just as we are proud to raise the bar when it comes to our parks, we’re proud of our park staff who raise the bar for themselves as well. Daniel Badgley is a member of our park staff, as well as a snowboard instructor, who will be competing in three events of the Empire State Winter Games: Boarder Cross, Big Air, and Slopestyle.
Dan started riding at the mountain when he was 5 years old, tagging along with his sister who was part of one of our Snow Sports School after-school programs, and has been on a snowboard ever since. He is no stranger to competition, oftentimes competing in our local Winter Wars and USASA events, while also making a name for himself nationally. In 2013 he took home the gold in the slopestyle and boardercross events of the Empire State Winter Games and placed first in the 2014 Slopestyle. He has also competed in the USASA Nationals from 2012-2014 and qualified for and competed in the Volcom World Championship Rail Jam at Mammoth Mountain in 2015.
We figured it might be a great opportunity to sit down with the local and get an insider’s look at who he is, why he competes, and what he loves about the sport.
Name: Daniel Badgley
Board: Powe Acrylic 152
Go-To Trick: One footers
Favorite Competitions: Rail Jams
Game Plan for Competitions: Just go out and compete and have fun.
Where the sport should progress: The focus should be on the style of the trick instead of just how many spins and flips are done.
Why ride: You get to be yourself and have fun.
Advice: It is possible to go somewhere from a small mountain even it if may seem impossible.
Why call Titus home: There are short lift lines so you can hit the park more. And you get to know everyone—if you do well everyone congratulates you and you want to do better because the whole town is behind you.
You can watch Dan compete in the 2016 Empire State Winter Games boardercross event at Whiteface and the Big Air and Slopestyle events at Titus Mountain February 4-7th. More info on the games can be found here. Check out the video of our test jumps here.
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