Spotlight Shredder: Cassidy Carrion
Name: Cassidy Carrion
Years Riding: 11
Years Instructing: 6
Hometown: Chadds Ford, PA
Home Mountain: Blue Mountain, PA
Best spot on your home mountain?
There’s a secret spot called “The Gnar.” It’s just this old power line that leads to a backyard, and it’s off the Appalachian Trail so we hike it sometimes. There are rocks, trees, and a tunnel. When the snow is good, it’s a lot of fun.
How would you describe yourself as a rider?
I love the park, but I also love to ride bumps and all mountain. I just love to improve my riding and get better.
What’s your setup for this season?
My board is the Nitro T1, and I’ve been rockin’ Union Trilogy bindings. They’re the best!
If you could travel anywhere to snowboard, where would it be?
I want to go to New Zealand or Switzerland. Or even Japan for the powder.
Name a pro snowboarder that inspires you.
Kevin Pearce inspires me a lot because of the whole journey that he’s been through, how he had that crazy fall and has gotten back into snowboarding. He also advocates wearing your helmet and safety, which is really cool.
What would you say to convince a friend who’d never tried snowboarding before to join you on the hill?
I’d say it’s a lot of fun. For me, one thing that I love about snowboarding is that when I’m riding I can just forget all my worries and drama. It’s a way to get away from all the troubles and just focus on having a good time with friends.
Describe your perfect shred day.
Blue bird skies, at least a foot of powder, with a bunch of good friends on a big mountain just having a good time and landing all my tricks.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Probably to fly, so if I’m going off a jump and I mess up I’d rather just fly away instead of fall. Or even just flying to a ski spot whenever I want to.
Would you be more likely to survive if you had soggy socks or soggy mittens?
Soggy socks. It’s always soggy socks, there are times where I have soggy socks in the spring for like 12 hours.
East Coast riding vs. West Coast riding?
Well, East Coast is also known as “Ice Coast.” But I think that both of them have their challenges, the East Coast has smaller mountains but I can find stuff on any trail and have fun on it. West Coast is just awesome because you can go out and ride a new trail every time. It’s just different, for sure.
Tell me about a moment that has defined you as a snowboarder.
So I hiked up Mt. Washington, Tuckerman’s Ravine. I think that was a moment that really impacted my riding because it was truly ‘earn your turn’. There were no lifts, conditions were sketchy, and it was pretty steep. I think that really defined me because I knew that since I could do that, I could do anything.
As an instructor, what is your best piece of advice for girls getting into the sport?
A great piece of advice is to ride with people who push your limits. I’ve found that I became a better rider when I became an instructor because everyone’s a solid rider, and you’re working with people that feed off of you, and you feed off of them. So try to find a good, solid group of friends that can motivate you and push you.
What is on your snowboarding bucket list?
Hmm, definitely traveling to different countries to snowboard. Other than that, I would love to really solidify my spins with grabs and land my backflips.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals that you follow when you go out riding?
Never call your last run, it’s always the best run.
Posted by Gabby Rainville on 09/06/15