Ninety-eight snowboarders stood in the bright sun on a hill at Big Sky Resort on Friday, Jan. 6 to remember the life of Aaron Robinson, who passed away last year while snowboarding in Chile. The air filled with hoots and whoops for each rider as organizers sent riders one by one down the starting ramp and into the banked slalom course.
Contributions from the $15 sign-up fee and the screening of A-Rob’s movie Manifest go to the Whitefish-based Robinson family’s charity, the Plant-A-Seed Foundation, created in A-Rob’s memory to benefit underprivileged Montana riders get on the hill. Riders Todd Kirby and Sarris McComb went on to win the event on Friday.
The event next heads to Alpental in Washington on Jan. 21. Shane Stalling, who organized the event at Big Sky, said he hopes to turn Smash Life into an annual event.