The CDI Memorial is for women too

CDI Memorial at Snowbank in IdahoPhotos by Ken Baeyen Photography

Once again, Idaho’s annual QP competition, known to locals as CDI, went off without a hitch. There were a few factors that made this Snowbunny a little leery about conditions for CDI’s thirteenth year of operation. One major factor was snow conditions. Normally when you tell people that you are going snowboarding at the end of May in Idaho, people stare at you with a quizzical and puzzled look on their face because they are under the assumption the snow left when the resorts closed. But this year, with the tough winter Idaho had, we even had our own doubts.

Another factor that had us unnerved was the weather forecast. The week building up to CDI had been full of rain showers and the weekend forecast was calling for thunder and rainstorms. Alas, the day of the competition did not disappoint. The snow was plentiful and the digger crew did an amazing job cutting the massive natural quarterpipe, and the weather, it was beautiful, with the exception of some sudden spurts of high winds and a brief sprinkling of rain, which led to a double rainbow sighting. You couldn’t make up a more magical scenario.

Roper CDI Memorial As per usual, CDI brings out the best of the best riders in Idaho and its surrounding areas. Even our friendly Dinosaurs Will Die Canadians made the venture down south to blow all our minds with their bags of tricks. There is, however, one group of snowboarders that we at SBM are calling out to come and join the festivities, and not just as bystanders. Ladies, CDI is for you too! We understand the setup seems a little daunting at first appearance and the talent represented can be a bit intimidating, but what better place to grow as a rider and be encouraged than at CDI?

Dozens of women typically show up each year, which don’t get us wrong, we love your presence and support, but we are calling you up to the plate. Every year, there’s about 4 girls (give or take) that hit up the quarterpipe, but we think we can increase those numbers. This event is about snowboarding, friends and having fun combining the two. This is the place, out of any place, to give it a go and stretch your abilities. One thing we absolutely love about this event is that it is about community, so there is comfort in knowing you are in good company. So there you have it, ladies. You’ve been called to step up and step out – from newbies to veterans. When women ride together, the progression rate increases dramatically. There’s something about seeing your fellow lady shredder friend throw down that brings on a surge of inspiration and an attitude of “hey, I’m going to try that too.” Next year, let’s show what we are made of and go for it. Let’s encourage, exhort and high five one another to go big and try new tricks. We are confident it won’t be disappointing.CDI Memorial 2015

Thanks again to Corey McDonald, Dustin Johnson, Preston Woods and the rest of the Maidenboise family for dedicating yourselves to not only persevering the legacy of Carson but to preserving the true heart of snowboarding.

Congrats to the winners: 1st place – Parker Duke, 2nd place – Sean Genovese and 3rd place – Evan Williams. Next year, let’s get some female names on podium, ladies.


About Brittany Roper

Brittany Roper has a B.A. degree in History from Boise State University. She is passionate about women’s issues and sports. She is an avid snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast, who has worked to build a strong female snow community through events centered on women riding and competing together in order to develop healthy relationships. She believes women are NOT a problem but a solution.

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