Time to move on…

03 May, 2010

Four years ago I packed up my truck with all my belongings and moved to Colorado for resort town living. I arrived in Steamboat Springs without a home, job and unsure of what the future would hold for me but all I wanted was to snowboard.  The move ended up being the best decision I’ve made as I made a life for myself in Colorado and the snowboarding scene.  I never expected to become shayboarder but the choices I’ve made have allowed me to follow my own dreams and showcase my passion for snowboarding on this blog.  I’m about to embark on another journey, another decision where I don’t know the outcome but I’m ready to try something new.  At the end of May, I’ll be ending my job with Steamboat Ski & Resort, leaving Steamboat Springs and moving to Mt Hood for the summer.

I’ve accepted a job with Windells Camp to work on their social media this summer and continue snowboarding over the summer at Mt Hood.  I’m really excited to be working for Windells with such a great crew of people and excited for the opportunity.  Even though I’d be leaving a year round job, security and a home…it was an easy decision to make in return for a summer at Windells doing something I love so much.  At the same time I’m nervous, anxious and excited for the unknown that lies ahead and I am so happy to have the support of my friends and family.

What this means for the blog is the opportunity to prove myself with Windells in hopes that come August I can find a job that suits me in the snowboard industry.  For shayboarder.com it means continuing to write all summer about snowboarding, shred journals from Timberline, Industry Interviews as planned and seeing where this takes me.  If you are out at Mt Hood this summer, come say hi to me!

I’m ready for the next step and I hope you make it with me as I embark on this new journey.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. JP
    May 03, 2010

    Best of luck Shay. Enjoy the summer and I hope you find something great for Winter ’10-’11.

  2. Lilia
    May 03, 2010

    Shay, you are living my dream and I’m totally living it through you! Keep at it, girl! Best of luck to you and maybe eventually – we will end up at the same hill at the same time for once.

  3. May 03, 2010

    god i LOVE that halfpipe shot of you! killing it!

    best of luck to you, shay, i’m sending you lots of love and good vibes your way!! hopefully i make it to hood this summer, and I will definitely say hi!

  4. May 03, 2010

    Shay u rock!
    Congrats for this new adventure!
    Enjoy the ride

  5. May 03, 2010

    sweet shay, good luck this summer sounds like a blast – I’m sure someone smart from the snowboard industry will scoop you up next season 🙂

  6. May 03, 2010

    Awesome Shay!!! I hope i’ll still see you around the factory now and again! Congrats!!!!

  7. Andrew
    May 03, 2010

    Contratulations. Sounds like a great new adventure doing something you love. Great decision!

  8. mike lewis
    May 03, 2010

    Have fun on the glacier Shay – looking forward to hearing about your new adventures!

  9. May 03, 2010

    a summer of Windells + this blog = guaranteed success for you

  10. Kate
    May 03, 2010

    Good Luck Shay even though you won’t need it. I bet you’ll have at least 5 job offers to do something beyond your wildest dreams in the industry by the end of the day.

  11. May 03, 2010

    Congrats Shay! I’m sure I will see you sometime this summer at Hood.

  12. ozzie
    May 03, 2010

    awesome! i am acually doing the same thing im leaving a 80 grand a year job with full benefits to move to portland in aug. im just going to get up and go, no job(thinking about maybe trying to wrk up at hood) not knowing what will happen. i just wanna be close to great mnts and a cool vibe! im over Vegas! but good luck up at hood im sure it will be fun maybe ill see you up there!

  13. Mike
    May 03, 2010

    Colorado will some how be a little less sweet without Shayboarder on my mountain from time to time. Good luck and keep making turns!

  14. Gil
    May 03, 2010

    Congrats and good luck! I did the same thing you’re doing, 5+ years ago, leaving Toronto and moved to Vancouver, for snowboarding! Your blog is my excape sometimes when at work.
    I hope you enjoy your summer. And aren’t you now closer to home?!?

  15. May 03, 2010

    Thanks everyone for the great words, I have the best readers in the world and it’s so great to have your support and stokage!

    Summer at Hood is definitely a dream and I can’t wait to share it with you guys this summer. It’ll be rad to meet more of you this summer and really I’m just all smiles about everything.

    Ozzie, awesome we should definitely meet up when you move out in August and really commendable for following your dream.

    Mike, Colorado is still in the running but it all depends on the job when it comes down to what state I’ll end up in for next winter.

    Gil, rad to hear. Vancouver is such a cool city and love Whistler! Living at Mt Hood will put me closer to my family so a lot easier to see them when I want to.

  16. Ben Spencer
    May 03, 2010

    You know Baker is a GREAT place come rip!!!

  17. May 03, 2010

    IN 1996 I did the same thing, put it all in a U-Haul truck moved out to Utah and settled in for some great snowboarding. Putting it all out there makes for a fun journey and great memeories. After our talk at Brighton Ive been waiting to see how this played out. Hood will be wonderful and Windells is a perfect fit! Good Luck and let me know if you come through on the way to the PNW, maybe the Bird will still be rockin and we can ride together again!

  18. May 03, 2010

    Nice one Shannon!

    I’ll be back over from Aus, at the end of the year… I’ll come by and see you wherever you land!

    Windells will be sick, and I’m jealous times 10,000.

    Sarah. xo.

  19. Yessi
    May 04, 2010

    Good luck. BUT YOU WON’T NEED IT! You’re awesome!

  20. Paris
    May 04, 2010

    sounds like lots of fun- good luck on your new journey!

  21. Jon Blindside
    May 04, 2010

    Sweet! Thats what its all about, living your dream! No matter where you go, it will work out. The Blindside crew hopes to see you again! Have FUN!

  22. May 04, 2010

    Do your thing!!!

  23. ghostovan
    May 04, 2010

    You’ve got friends around the globe Shay, so keep on rolling!;)

    “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
    Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
    The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
    The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

    The greatest adventure is there if you’re bold.
    Let go of the moment that life makes you hold.
    To measure the meaning can make you delay;
    It’s time you stop thinkin’ and wasting the day.

    The man who’s a dreamer and never takes leave
    Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
    Will never know passion, will never know pain.
    Who sits by the window will one day see rain.

    The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
    Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
    The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
    The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

    The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.”
    (c) The Hobbit =)

  24. May 05, 2010

    LOVE. IT

    Shay – ride, have fun and shred — you deserve it. word.

  25. Crispy
    May 06, 2010

    Congrats! And good luck!

    No matter where you go, there you are.

  26. Susannah
    May 07, 2010

    Good luck! So funny – This winter I took my 10-year-old daughter, Anna, to Steamboat for her first time skiing there. She saw the signs saying, “Billy Kidd is skiing today.” She asked who Billy Kidd is, I explained, and then she asked, “Why don’t they have signs saying whether Shayboarder is riding today?”!! Anna often looks over my shoulder at the computer when I’m checking your blog, and obviously she thinks you rock. Thanks for all the Steamboat stoke, and your amazing support of snowboarding.

  27. May 08, 2010

    So many great comments, thanks everyone!

    Susannah, that is the best story! Tell Anna she just made my day with that story, so rad to hear that! Someday we’ll ride together at Steamboat 🙂 I know I’ll make trips back to visit in the future.

  28. Ca-Pow
    May 10, 2010

    Best of Luck and congrates Shay!

  29. May 18, 2010

    Congrats Shay and you know what this means: adventure time!