Destination: NYC. Armed with skateboards, camera gear, and as much Killington swag as we could carry, we had one goal: find some grom rippers and hype the upcoming winter season at Killington. Free lessons, tickets, and enough stickers to blanket your gear were all in our arsenal to get it done.
Labor day weekend meant big city traffic, but we couldn't wait. With train tickets to Grand Central, we left the car behind and opted for our favorite kind of wheels, skating through Park Avenue's midday rush.
First stop, Pier 62 Skatepark in Chelsea. The park offered up incredibe amounts of transition to skate, and killer views of the Hudson River. We met some locals, tossed out Killington swag and scored a couple slices from a street corner pizza joint before moving on to the next adventure.
The subway is a long way off from mountain life, but Google Maps did wonders and through some confusion, we made our way to Homage Skate Shop in Brooklyn. Crazy how small the world can be - Mike's Darkside hat caught the manager's eye. Turns out he's got some VT roots with the Darkside crew.. NYC was beginning to feel a bit closer to home.
Homage is big on getting kids involved, so much, that they've got a private skate facility under 10 minutes from the shop where they host camps and after school programs. We were hyped about all these young rippers, and hooked them up with lessons and tickets to get on snow this winter.
Saturday morning came on us quick, but a good session under the Manhattan Bridge at LES Skatepark was a must. We spent the entire morning there, and really got a feel for the city skate scene. A quick stop at a deli that was serving up mean breakfast sandwiches, and we were on our way back to Grand Central.
The train ride out of NYC was spent talking about how great the trip had been and all the kids we had met. By 4:00 p.m. our gear was back in the car and we were headed home to the Green Mountains. Josh said it best, "A giant blur of cabs, skateparks, bright lights, and stoked kids. I don't even know how to describe this. Just...gnarly."
We can't wait to see these young rippers get involved with skiing and snowboarding this winter!
Photos by Mike Budny.