Aspen Snowmass Employee
Aspen Snowmass Employee

Sharpen Your Senses

Episode 3


Mark Pinter is an Aspen Snowmass Parks builder/groomer. Originally from Cleveland Ohio, he moved to Aspen in 2011 to live the dream and pursue snowboarding. He has been involved in the terrain park industry since 2005. Mark has helped design and build the Snowmass Park for four seasons, and create a handful of contest courses as well as photo shoot features. Mark also works on the rail crew in the offseason, fabricating new rails and maintaining existing ones. When not in a snow cat, he loves putting his work to the test and ripping through the parks at Snowmass and Buttermilk. He is looking forward to implementing new designs and ideas in the Aspen Snowmass Parks for the 2015-2016 season.

Music Credits

Ki: Theory
Open Wound (ODESZA Remix)
Kitty Hawk Deluxe

Q & A

Q. What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
A. I am most passionate about taking unique ideas and building them as close to perfect as possible on snow for our park riders to enjoy. Building these parks can be such a challenge, snow is a constantly changing material to work with - and this is what makes my job so interesting and fun to be a part of. I thrive off the challenge.
The most exciting part is putting all my blood, sweat, and tears into a project and then watching our local community of shredders put it to good use. I love being able to give our younger generation of riders the platform they need to excel and push their skills in the park. This is what keeps my passion ticking and motivates me to do the best job I can every time I step into the cat.

Q. Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

A. When I'm not behind the controls of a snowcat I love snowboarding with my friends. This is what its all about during the winter for me. During the summers I enjoy being outdoors: hiking, backpacking, and exploring the beautiful landscape in the Aspen Snowmass area.

Q. What would be impossible for you to give up?
A. Adventure in my life would be impossible to give up.

Q. How old were you when you learned to ski/ride?
A. I started skiing when I was 10. After a season and a half of skiing I decided to try snowboarding. I was already skateboarding so it seemed to make more sense. It only took one run and I was hooked. When I was 12 I got my first real snowboard and never looked back.

Q. Which of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains is your favorite?
A. Picking a favorite mountain to ride out of the four Aspen Snowmass Mountains is extremely tough. They all have their own incredible terrain to offer and are all so much fun to shred. Here’s how it breaks down for me-
Park Day: I would have to say Snowmass is my favorite. It has so many runs and every type of terrain. I spend most of my time in our pristine Snowmass Park. On any given day you can find all the local buds throwing down here. The park has a little for everyone, and there are a thousand different lines to pick from. The chairlift runs right over the park so you can see everyone and get a ton of laps in one day.
Powder Day: I would choose Aspen Highlands for sure. You can find so much untouched snow and never get bored. It has a great amount of steeps and several fun hits to jump. You have the Highlands Bowl, which gets you as close to the big mountain experience while still being inbounds and close to the lifts.

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