Welcome to A Day In The Life, a new digital series from Rome where we highlight some of the contributing personalities that make the SDS what is it. A 1st person written perspective that takes you through a typical day in the life of the rider.
First up is Minnesota native Chris Frost, a Brighton transplant who has been steadily dominating the parks of Brighton and terrorizing the streets of SLC. During the winter Chris works as Brighton Digger setting up the parks that he then lays waste to.
This summer Frost was tapped to dig at Windells so he packed up and moved to Govy to spend the next three months living at the fabled Ark. Windell’s session one is in the books so we caught up with Chris to get a glimpse at a Day In the Life….
Alright alright, I’m Chris Frost and I’m running you through a day in the life of a Windells Digger.
6:00 AM: All 17 of us wake up and wait in line to use the one bathroom that we share. I wake up in the “Muskrat Lounge” a.k.a. the attic of the digger house with 4 other dirty smelly dudes. Once we’re all ready we get into the Rome digger van at 6:20 and head to camp.
8:00 AM: After we eat breakfast, slam some coffee and pack our lunches, we pile back into the van and head up to the mountain.After gearing up in the Timberline parking lot we head to the Magic Mile lift at 8 am and make our way up to the Windells lane.
10:00 AM: It takes us an hour or two to open the park and then once we’re done, we get to reap the fruits of our labor and ride what we built!
12:00 PM: We ride for a couple hours, then we rake through the park and salt it again at noon. That usually only takes a half hour to an hour and then we get to ride again from then until 3 when the park closes for the day.
2:00 PM: Once the park’s closed and everyone has left, we do one more rake through/rebuild and salt to prevent the features from melting out too much and to make our opening rake go smoothly the next morning.
Then as one big crew we all mash down the mountain at the same time which is always a blast.
4:00 PM: Once we get back to the van, we all pour out the melted snow and sweat from our steaming boots and dry everything out in the sun while we get ready to head back to camp for dinner.
Some days our work takes a little longer, so we have to head straight to camp in our wet stinky snowboard gear, other days we have some relaxing/take a shower/drink a beer time at the Ark before heading to dinner.
6:00 PM: After dinner, we go skate the Windells skatepark (one of the most amazing skateparks that I have ever skated!), explore Oregon, or head back to the Ark and chill with all the homies and drink some beers around a fire or something along those lines.
Then we do it all over again until the last day of the session when we have to dig out all of our features or dig in day when we put them all back in!
That’s a typical day in the life of a Windells digger. We live the dream every day and this truly is the “funnest” place on earth!
-Chris Frost AKA @Minnesnowtafrost