REJUVENATED BY THE MOUNTAINS
Chase DeMeulenaere is only 22 years old but has already re-invented himself and his snowboarding in the Elk Mountains.
To some, Chase De DeMeulenaere may be under the radar on the pro snowboarder spectrum. But to others, this 22-year-old Aspen valley local has been shredding park, peaks and pow since nearly before he could walk. He’s expanded from solely riding park to making his way up 14ers in the Elks but is charging somewhere on snow nearly every day. And when you can’t find him on snow, he’ll be on the river casting for trout… or on your television screen in the latest Jeep commercial.
Radio is an example of a core snowboard shop that carries Strafe product.
It sells really well. The product itself is so functional. Pete and John really know
skiing and mountaineering and what’s functional and what’s not.
How long have you been snowboarding?
I started when I was three and I’m 22 now so this is my 19th season.
Where did you grow up snowboarding?
I was born in Aspen and raised down valley in Basalt. When I was younger I rode at Buttermilk. I spent my first couple of years there. I actually started skiing before snowboarding. I started skiing when I was 18 month. I pretty much did both 50/50 until I was 8. I would snowboard on Saturday and ski on Sunday with the family.
I finally talked my mom into letting me do the snowboard jam full time when I was eight. My parents have always supported me doing whatever I wanted, for sure, but she wanted me to ski until I was old enough to really make my own choice. My family were all long-time skiers but they were cool with the snowboarding.
How did Aspen nurture your snowboarding?
I got my first board from Alternative Edge in Aspen. It was the first snowboard shop in Aspen founded by Larry Madden. He’s a legend. And then Tyler Lindsey. He was my snowboard coach from the very beginning. His first year coaching at AVSC was when I was ten. We grew together throughout the years. He’s totally a positive and amazing human being. Then Travis McClain. He owns Radio. It’s awesome to have a core, local snowboard shop. Those two have really helped me out and influenced my snowboarding.