In the documentary Powder and Rails, Carpenter recalled the Snow Valley races as a “daredevil type scene. Because in the beginning, it was like downhill ... It was sort of where we were at … charging down the hill.”[i] Donna Carpenter recalled a female rider who “cried at the top for like 20 minutes until we talked her into going. So, it was very intimidating.”[ii] During these first three years of New England competition, the focus was on alpine racing events. Brothers Andy and Jack Coghlan “were hardcore ski racers,” Jack Coghlan remembered, “Andy, right away busted out a downhill suit from ski racing and the other guys from the Sims Team were in their regular clothes."[iii] The west coast skateboard and surf culture had yet to fully permeate into the sport and the alpine skiing influence still dominated tournaments.
[i] “US Open Snowboarding turns "Dirty 30"” Powder & Rails. VICE/Burton Snowboards. 2012. Video. March 27, 2015.