This past Saturday, March 7th, in Bromont, QC, we experienced one of Quebec’s biggest snowboard gathering of the season. The Empire Games, presented by Empire, Monster Energy, Burton Snowboards, Swatch, Volcom & Oakley. This unique event has been rolling for a couple of years now, but this year’s Bromont stop was a special one for many reasons.
First of all, the "not so cold" temperatures, paired with a blue-bird sky, helped put a smile on everyone faces. The surreal course that our friends at Today’s Parks created allowed everyone to ride as fast as they could, and definitely tested their willingness to go full throttle on crazy features.
What was really awesome though, is this event brought together riders from different snowboard disciplines. Park rats, urban jibbers, boardercross racers, first-timers, mixed up skiers, and anyone else who loves to strap in. I have to mention that, every year, the main goal is to beat the boardercross guys. Nothing personal about it, just the satisfaction of a free rider going as fast as he can, even with a chipped board and an imperfect tune. I’ll let the podium speaks for itself.
Another special mention to Empire for bringing in a Rail Jam component to this event. And to give away this much money on in the cash purse is really something to mention in today’s state of amateur contests in the snowboard community. The show was unbelievable, literarily everyone was there, and if you were not, we’ll let you take look at the following images.