Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks! p: E. Stone
Mountain Goat: Mark McMorris
Young Canadian phenom Mark McMorris rose through the ranks of contest snowboarding in what is arguably one of the most intense times to be a slopestyle snowboarder--the multi-cork era. This is no small feat for a rider who grew up in the flatlands of Saskatchewan on a hill that claims only a few hundred feet of elevation. At seemingly every major event, another cork variation is checked off from what was previously only an off-axis pipe dream, and with each iteration of switch backside triples and Cab quads thrown off the money booter, Mark rises to the rotation with a technical trick savvy and consistency that has landed him firmly in the top of the pack amid a field of formidable talent.
But while his current focus each winter is the event circuit, his promise lies beyond the ropes, as he has spent his downtime the past few seasons chasing airtime in the Whistler backcountry with his brother Craig, the Shredbots, and Nicolas Müller, among others. In 2015, Mark was granted an opportunity normally reserved for a rider with more years under their belt, but seeing that his accomplishments have already surpassed his seasons, he doubled down on winter, claiming podiums while filming a full-length movie that chronicled his season and subsequent first foray off piste. The end result was a new accolade--SNOWBOARDER's Rider of the Year, marking his first time topping an elite list he had been a staple on for four seasons, garnering three Jumper of the Year titles.
But, it's not just his peers who respect his snowboard talent. Justin Trudeau, the Premiere of Canada, is a vocal fan of the park phenom, a powerful nod if there ever was one. Politics aside, there is most definitely a bright future ahead for this Whistler local, no matter what side of the ropes he's on.