While I was busy winning honors for best fall and oldest competitor at the Mission Ridge sponsored “Chelan Trax Rail Jam,” Justin O’Hara was busy winning. Having never met him before, I was happily surprised to find out that his skiing skills were accompanied closely by his friendly attitude and positive demeanor.
In between my barely remembered moments of flailing down the rails and climbing a ridiculously small ladder back to the top to do it again, I had the opportunity to watch Justin’s skiing. Not only did he look solid on the rails, but he had the technical skills to make hard tricks look easy. While I was impressed with the tricks, the element that impressed me above all else was that he made everything look FUN.
It was the “FUN” element that helped me decide that Justin O’Hara would be the perfect skier for the upcoming EMISSION episode, “Mountain Playground.” I have long awaited the opportunity to film someone ripping Mission’s natural elements and turning the mountain into their own personal playground. Playgrounds are fun, and big playgrounds are funner (we will let funner be a word today). Mission Ridge is the biggest playground around these parts and there are countless slides, jumps, monkey bars, and swings to play on… metaphorically speaking.
Thankfully, when I asked Justin to be featured in this episode, he said yes.
When the day came to film, I didn’t check the snow report. That’s probably why I didn’t realize we were about to find a freshly dropped 13 inches of powder and sunshine to go with it. I guess you could say I was surprised. And you could also say I was jealous. I made sure Justin knew that he better make my day of filming worth it with RIDICULOUS SKIING because instead of poles, I had cameras, and instead of face shots, I had video shots. Just like the rails, Justin O’Hara made everything he skied look fun. Groomers, powder fields, mogul courses, chutes, cliffs, backcountry kickers were swung from and jumped off in a fashion that left me impressed and inspired.
If you’ve already watched the video, you know that Justin made sure to make my day worth it. Just this once, I was VERY happy to watch someone else get first tracks and basically manhandle every feature that the mountain offered… all while making it look FUN.
Written by Jared Eygabroad
Video By Mission Ridge Media/Jared Eygabroad