Just a couple of weekends ago, December 12th to be exact, a handful of members from the exalted Flanel crew made their way to Bittersweet Ski Resort to do some early season shredding. Oddly enough, the Shwizz is home to one of the newest members of the Flanel crew, Mac Eckstrand, but not one of the arriving members had actually ever been there before. We can’t really blame them.
Bittersweet hasn’t really been anything to write home about; with a once revered park and a heavy roster of some of the Mitten’s finest talent its reputation in the past couple of years has diminished drastically. When resorts like Cannonsburg and Nubs Nob began stepping up their park game Bittersweet became just another so-so resort in comparison. Being that the founding members of MB call Bittersweet their home resort, we set out to change the path that our beloved resort was heading down. Late in the fall, MB struck a deal with Bittersweet to oversee the management and design of their terrain park.
Aside from a general lack of snow, Bittersweet’s terrain park has done a complete 180 in comparison to last year. We attribute this positive shift to the management’s willingness to work with MB and in the fortuity of finding such a solid park crew. We’re excited to keep the park growing and are working to meet a standard of quality, but our main goal is to shoot for the stars next season. It is our hope to be able to hold a candle to the above-mentioned resorts, which we’ve been so impressed by, not in any kind of competition but in reverence.
Back to Flanel…
Having the Flanel guys down was super exciting! I compare it being a kid and having your buddy to your house for the first time. We weren’t sure what our house looked like compared to theirs and we didn’t know if we had everything picked up, but we still had them over and kinda just waited like “so… whadda ya think”. Ha ha, seriously though, we were super pumped. We haven’t had visitors in a long time.
Matt Miller, Aaron Senchuk, Jack Harris, Tyler May, Mike Harrington and our beloved Charlie Hoffman all made the trip and man they showed up hungry. Aside from Charlie being his relaxed self everyone else was there, on the lift, strapped in and fucking at it! These guys hot-lapped and hiked and didn’t stop. It was hammer after hammer. Thank god papa Mike made an edit, so I don’t have to describe it all but seriously… bloodbath.
It was definitely cool to have folks interested in the Sweet again and even better to have a chance to kick it with these suave fuckers at our place of shred. Hopefully winter will decide to kick into gear so we can make this a regular thing.
Edit: Mike Harrington
Photo: Jon Mollema