Bear Mountain local Zak Hale wins progression session at US Grand Prix

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 16, 2010 4:48 pm

Bringing his best tricks to the Colorado slopes, Bear Mountain Team Rider Zak Hale placed first over the weekend during the Paul Mitchell Progression Session. Held at Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado, Hale beat out top riders from around the country showcasing fun, off-the-wall tricks and his signature laid-back style to take home the first prize of $5,000.

The Paul Mitchell Progression Session is the popular series for developing athletes. This year’s event featured more than 15 riders in an evening jam session format, which marked the close of the Copper Mountain stop of the 2011 Visa U.S. Half-pipe Grand Prix.

photo: Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Hale’s smooth and relaxed approach to riding started to garner attention at a young age, as he hit the slopes at Bear Mountain in his home town of Big Bear, Calif. A member of the Bear Mountain riding team since 2006, Hale recently traveled to the Monster Training Facility in Park City, Utah to hone his skills and is currently featured in the Transworld Photo Annual Best Park Shot.

“I’ve been snowboarding at Bear Mountain all my life and it’s been awesome. Southern California definitely has a more laid back vibe and I think it really gives me an advantage in these competitions,” said Hale. “This weekend was great. Of course winning is cool, but for me it’s just about having fun and snowboarding.”

“Our entire team at Big Bear Mountain Resorts congratulates Zak on his big win this weekend,” said Chris Riddle, Marketing Director for Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “Zak is a great example of what it means to have fun and not take yourself too seriously; his talent and passion for riding is inspiring.”

With inclement weather conditions expected over the next few days, Big Bear Mountain Resorts is asking guests to check the website, social media pages and mobile updates daily for the latest conditions and news. Snow Summit’s night sessions are cancelled until further notice, operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and regular season rates are in effect until Dec. 24.