Spotlight Shredder: Hilary Crawford

Tarin O’Donnell

Hilary and I met working together at Crystal Mountain in Washington, she’s actually the one that convinced me to move to Tahoe this past winter. At the time we meet she had only been riding a year and she had the most stoke out of any other girl I knew. She was at the mountain nearly every day, and always trying to squeeze at least a couple laps in between work, before, or after.  She is still always so amped to ride and this is why I love riding with her. When you have friends with attitudes like that, it’s contagious. Some days you’re in a slump and it’s nice to have people around to remind you why you love doing what you do. Hilary is definitely some one that can help inspire people to ride, her passion for snowboarding radiates out of her when she talks about it. It’s hard not to get stoked when she starts talking about it, even if its midsummer and you’re hanging at the lake thinking life couldn’t get much better.

Hilary splitboarding in Japan.

Name: Hilary Crawford
Age: 27
Years Riding: 5
Home Mountain: Crystal Mountain, Washington

Best spot on your home mountain?
Southback, no one’s out there. You’re free to ride any line you want, all day long…fresh.

How would you describe yourself as a rider?
I like to charge while trying to be smooth. I enjoy being pushed and riding things I didn’t think I could ever do. My favorite people to ride with will step me up on crazy stuff and challenge me to make it down. I love that sort of adrenaline rush you get when you charge something super steep and clean and you didn’t think you could do it.

Powder or park?
Powder, no doubt. Park will take years off your life. Still fun though, really fun. All snowboarding is fun! That’s why I do it every day that I can.

What’s your setup for this season?
I have a couple different boards and bindings. I ride the Capita Jess Kimura Pro board and Union Milan bindings. I also have a GNU Ladies Choice with Union Flite Pro bindings. Lastly, my precious custom made GNU B-Street Splitboard with Sparks Bindings. Looking to get myself on a Jones’ Solution board this upcoming winter.

Any travel plans for this season? Where would you really like to travel?
Definitely head back to Japan! Back home to Crystal, probably put some fur on and see my friends in Aspen, and anywhere else. Alaska would be dope! I hope to ride all over the nation this year and check some mountains out that I haven’t been to yet.

Name a pro snowboarder that inspires you.
Hana Beaman and Jess Kimura. Those ladies are bosses.

Splitboarding mission in the Japanese backcountry.. Photo: Tsutomu Endo.

What would you say to convince a friend who’d never tried snowboarding before to join you on the hill?
Do you want to learn how to have the best time of your life or not?

If you were to choose a perfect shred day how would you describe it?
Lapping Crystal in deep powder with all my homies trying silly stunts, discovering new zones, and most importantly—zero lift lines. Then hitting up the Elk and having some adult beverages while watching it snow and getting amped for the next day. Now that’s a good day.

What goals do you have for the upcoming season?
Just be a better, more knowledge rider than I was yesterday.

Would you be more likely to survive if your socks are always wet always or if your goggles are constantly foggy?
Neither. Both of those scenarios turn me into a diva. But I guess if I HAVE to pick, wet socks.

Describe the feeling you get when riding POW.
Powder to me is a surreal, special feeling that always leaves me wanting more. There’s nothing like laying out turns in powder and connecting with the mountain. It’s euphoric and fills the void in my life. I feel really lucky to have found something in life that makes me that happy, I hope that everyone can find that connection with something in their life. Truly, I could go on forever about how much I LOVE riding pow. That’s because there’s nothing better, it’s the ultimate high for me. Now, I’m all antsy to go shred…

Spring mission at Mt. Hood.

Posted by Gabby Rainville on 09/28/15

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