BY: SHAD ORTIZ
PAT MOORE HAS DEFINED A GENERATION OF RIDING WITH A CATALOG OF VIDEO-ENDING BANGERS AND INFECTIOUS PERSONALITY. ONE THING THAT REMAINS CONSTANT IS PAT’S CONNECTION WITH COLORADO. WE EXPLORE THIS CONNECTION IN ALTITUDE SICKNESS.
“Live free or die.” Not many people from New Hampshire live up to the state’s motto quite like Pat Moore. If he’s ever afraid of the gnarly shit he does, more than likely, you’ll never know. Pat has a unique ability to make you laugh on a dime and make light of just about any situation. He is a bit of a modern day renaissance man with a positive and refreshing attitude on snowboarding. There are so many riders these days that seem to ride for all the wrong reasons. Pat isn’t one of those guys. He’s more of a throwback to when riding was just as much about enjoying yourself and having the best time possible while killing it and progressing snowboarding, not just collecting a paycheck. Pat isn’t a park guy, or a backcountry guy; he’s simply a snowboarder, and a damn good one at that. There isn’t a weak part of his game because he never sets limitations on his riding. He truly has fun snowboarding and his passion for riding is apparent when you speak with him.
"The first day riding my first pro model was at Breckenridge."
Pat’s one of those people that can light up a room and put a smile on anyone’s face. He isn’t going to give you those cliché answers that we’ve all read a thousand times. Instead, he’s quick, and witty, and most of what he has to say is dead-on, or hilarious. When asked where he thinks he’ll be in ten years, Pat responded, “Oh shit man, I hope I’m still doing it. I don’t really know where I see myself, but wherever I am, I know it will be in snowboarding in some way. I’d like to say I’ll still be pro in ten years, but there are a lot of factors that come into it: Health and whether or not you’re still cool in the industry. I have the cards I’ve been dealt and I’m just trying to play them right."
Colorado has always been a place that has left Pat with a few great memories’ and a few hospital bills as well. On April 28th, the snow stopped falling and offered up a near perfect bluebird day at Copper Mountain. Pat’s sponsor, Red Bull, opened up their deep pockets and hired the Snow Park Technologies crew to build a massive quarter pipe that stood roughly 35-feet-tall and nearly 100-feet-wide. Pat had wanted Terje’s record of 32.15 feet for a few years. After lots of planning and waiting for the right time, the day had finally come, and it was all about to go down. Peter Line, Luke and Jack Mitrani, Austin Sweeten and Shayne Pospisil were all in attendance to help cheer their boy on. The day was perfect, the vibe was hype, and Pat was ready to send it. After taking a couple mellow hits to figure out the speed and getting a feel for the quarter pipe itself, Pat dialed in and started charging. After putting down some massive airs and coming less than two feet from the record, Pat ended up paying the price in the name of snowboard progression. On what would be his last attempt at the record, Pat cased the deck after boosting over 30 feet out of the massive quarter pipe with his ass taking the brunt of the impact. Lucky for Pat, he escaped with a fractured pelvis, but no other serious injuries. That may not seem so “lucky,” but to those that witnessed his casing would say it was more of a miracle that he wasn’t hurt worse.
Pat’s story with Colorado doesn’t end there. In fact, the Centennial State has been quite an intricate part of his snowboard life. If you ask Pat about his favorite mountain in Colorado, his answer is Keystone. “Every time I come out to Colorado I always ride Keystone. I think their park is pretty insane.” He’s also had the chance to explore some of Colorado’s finest backcountry riding from one of the best and most respected rippers in the state. “I met up with Doran Laybourn a long time ago and we rode some of his epic backcounty areas. That guy knows his spots.”
Pat also has a bit of a love/hate relationship with Breckenridge. Almost every rider has that one mountain that seems to break you off every time you visit. For Pat, Breckenridge is that mountain. “When I was younger we would always go to Breck and it was always so fun, but somehow I would always get hurt there.” But, it isn’t all bad memories when it comes to Breck. In fact, it holds a special place in his heart. “The first day riding my first pro model was at Breckenridge. There wasn’t any snow anywhere else in the country so I flew out specifically to ride my board. I was so amped to ride it. I just kept turning my board and going up the lift looking down and seeing my name on it. I remember telling everyone in town about it. I was texting everyone I knew, telling them that I’d just rode my first pro model. It was a short trip, I was only out there for a couple days, but it was one of my favorite trips in general for sure.”
Colorado is also home to one of Pat’s all-time favorite riders. Without being asked, Pat politely wanted to add in what Chad Otterstrom has meant to him and his snowboard career. “I wanted to give props to Chad O. When I was younger that guy was ripping like crazy. All of the kingpin videos, when he got on with Forum, and still today, that guy has so much talent. He could do any trick that you could ever imagine switch, regular, backwards, in the fucking half pipe, a booter, anything. When I was younger he was one of my favorite riders, when I was coming up he was one of my favorite riders, and now, he is still one of my favorite riders. He’s so good and will always be good. He’s just one of those naturally talented guys that you can’t praise enough.”
It’s undeniable to say that Pat will be around snowboarding as long as he wants it around. And as Pat’s career continues to unfold, so will his experience riding in Colorado.