Legendary professional snowboarder Pat Moore and his traveling snowboard contest named Methodology, visited Trollhaugen on Sunday February 13th for a hugely successful day of racing, fundraising, and all around good times. With prizes and activities from Vans, K2, Volcom, Fat Tire, and more, snowboarders ranging in age from 3 to 60 gathered to help raise money for Osceola Skatepark and enjoy a great day on snow.
Originally from New Hampshire, Pat Moore is known in the snowboard industry as a true icon of the sport. His generosity shines even brighter than his storied career with the creation of Methodology, a non-profit snowboard contest that works to raise funds in local communities that are creating action sports opportunities for their youth. This year, Trollhaugen was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the three stops, and the fundraising recipient was none other than Osceola Skatepark. The skateboard and snowboard community of our area was excited to say the least.
This past Sunday, over 150 racers, took to Summit at Trollhaugen for a banked slalom snowboard race with an added trick contest for a chance to deduct seconds from their final race time. The fastest racers took home unbelievable prizes, but absolutely everyone was a winner thanks to the efforts of Pat Moore and the incredible sponsors. Vans was dishing up free waffles to match their iconic waffle shoe soul, Fat Tire and Liquid Death had free beer and water for participants and spectators, and heaps of raffle prizes were given out to what seemed like everyone in the crowd. Whether competing or watching, it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed the day thanks to the generosity of many.
All contest entry fees and raffle ticket sales were donated and matched by the sponsors of Methodology raising a total of $10,000 for Osceola Skatepark on Sunday. The announcement of this grand total brought tears to people’s eyes as so many in the crowd have been dreaming of this skatepark for over a decade. $10K is a big step in the right direction towards reaching their $200,000 goal, and the thank you’s to Pat Moore and the rest of the event staff are still rolling in.<br>Now with over $35k raised, the team heading up the Osceola Skatepark initiative is feeling more motivated than ever. “This type of national recognition by some of the biggest names and brands in snowboarding puts so many eyes on Osceola, and we will not let them down. Trollhaugen is already known around the world for its industry leading terrain parks, and we plan to put Osceola on the map in the same way to create a year round mecca for action sports,” says Marsha Hovey, Osceola Skatepark President. “The positive feedback from our local community and beyond has been overwhelming, and we know people are counting on us to make this dream a reality.”
The location for Osceola Skatepark is being discussed with the Village and Hovey hopes to have an announcement about next steps in the coming weeks. If you’d like to donate to the cause, Osceolaskatepark.org. All donations are tax deductible through the 501(c)3 parent organization at Osceola Area Chamber & Mainstreet. Learn more about Methodology and view full race results at MethodologySnow.com.