Let us be honest, our culture loves to encourage us to divide ourselves against each other. Nothing sells more than controversy or competitiveness against one another. Truth be told, how can anything prosper if it is divided against itself? How can women rise up when in a constant battle of comparison? Community is the coalescence of all lifestyles, merging into a single body. Community provides security, belonging and a sense of identity. It should be non-exclusive nor elitist. It is simple and at times complex. Idaho womens snowboarding is community. It is not elitist nor a tool for status. It brings about the opportunity to converge interests, to build one another up and believe in the best of each others abilities.
Idaho womens snowboarding has a ways to go in the scope of freestyle competition but it is getting there. With the emergence of improved terrain parks, girls are beginning to stand out. Let us not forget that snowboarding is not all about terrain parks and urban riding. There is a class of girls that could easily shred your face off in the backcountry, chasing powder dreams and caring two bits about 270 ons to pretzel outs. Is that not the point of snowboarding? To do what you love with it.
We do not claim statuses unbeknown to us. We get up early in order to get first chair, slash up the snow, only leaving remnants behind for the slackers who slept in. We may be no one special in the eyes of top snowboard magazines, or stand out in every terrain park but we love what we do and who we are doing it with. At times, we compete against each other in contests; we encourage and applaud one another. Sometimes you were the one on top, or sometimes not at all. It did not matter. It was pure, it was community, and it was doing what we love. We may lead entirely different lifestyles off the slopes but we set aside differences and have a blast! Whether it is taking pow shots to the face while slaying through trees or giving high fives on those perfect spring park days, we do it together.