Dan Donnelly fell in love with snowboarding when he was 15 years old – that was in the early 1980s when the sport was in its infancy. He grew up in Mt. Vernon, WA, which is not too far from Mt. Baker – one of the best skiing and snowboarding spots in the country due to the heavy snowfall it receives each year.
“I still remember my first run and the indescribable feeling of pure freedom and joy that I felt. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced,” said Donnelly. “I also had no idea what I was doing since I received zero instruction.”
“The snowboards at that time had no metal edge, and we basically strapped our boots on to our boards with rubber bands. It was nuts!” he said. “Picture the difference between a computer built in the 80s compared to one you’d buy today. Most boarders now wouldn’t even recognize the early equipment.”