It’s Saturday night, around 10 pm. Josh Bresciani (Snowbox) and Jesse Bryksa (Sunshine & Ski) show up at streetjesus headquarters and take a seat on the sketchiest couch in the place. They have come over to take care of some last minute details for their contest THESHOW, which will go down the next day at Mission Ridge. The boys have spent the last five days shovelling features for the contest, and have been staying at the lake during downtime. You can tell by the way they smell that there has been very little sleeping, eating or showering going on during this time.
This is what Snowbox Freestyle and Design is all about… not afraid of a little hard work, and willing to put the progression of snowboarding in Sask above all else, including your own needs. Through the magic of internet messaging, SJ caught up with the Owner/Operator of Snowbox while he was vacationing down south…
STREETJESUS: So Josh, what exactly IS a “Snowbox”?
JOSH BRESCIANI: Hey Street Jesus! Well I don’t exactly know what a snowbox is, but I called my school and design Snowbox because when I see comps done and the features are cut perfectly and there are so called “snowboxes” around bonks and features of that style, it just looks clean and professional.
SJ: Ok, so tell us a bit about Snowbox Freestyle and Design…
JB: Well, Snowbox Freestyle and Design is a freestyle snowboarding school and competition design. We introduce how to jump, jib and just make you an all around better rider. We also teach up to a competitive level as well. The design aspect of Snowbox is competition course design. This year we produced THESHOW and helped design the Sasktel Jibfest set up with Adam Burwell. We keep our designs super original and creative, like nothing you have seen before! Snowbox also does trips throughout the year to give riders as much experience as possible.
SJ: Tell us about some of the features you were a part of building this year…
JB: Well we be built a 22ft 6” round handrail pipe with caps on it… Thanks to Joel Carr and Braden M for all the help…it is probably one of the smoothest features in the park! I also picked up a 16ft 1,000 gallon propane tank, which most of you know is unreal! As a jib, hitching post, bonk, copping, as whatever.. its way to much fun. Last but not least some of the most legit features I picked up from legendary Darrin at Snow Park Solutions… these guys produce the features in Whistler, Sunpeaks, Biggy.. everywhere! We bought a 20ft down “T’ box with copping and a 24ft down flat down “T” box with copping. These features are built like tanks and will be perfect every year!
SJ: I heard that acquiring appliances for a snowboard contest was an interesting experience?
JB: Aha yeah… for a competition called THESHOW that Snowbox and Sunshine & Ski produced we had some pretty original features, such as a fridge bonk and a washer and dryer bonk/ jib set up. I basically just posted an ad on Used Regina and asked for used appliances for free…. when I went to pick up the used appliances, people other tried to get me to clean out the rest of their garbage, or wouldn’t let me have it because they thought I was going to ride it down a hill…. it was more of a challenge than you would have thought. Thanks to Adam Zook for lifting old washers and dryers up peoples stairs aha.
SJ: If you had unlimited money, time, staff and equipment to build a snowpark, what would it look like?
JB: Thats an awesome question, but I honestly don’t even know. I guess all I can say is it would be exactly like THESHOW x 1,000,000… super clean! It would have a taste of everything… long handrails, low handrails, tanks, appliances, big jumps, small jumps, cannon boxes ahah I dont even know….the options are endless. The for sure thing I would have though would be a 6 table jump line.
SJ: Well yea, who doesn’t love a good 6 table jump line. So let’s talk about this freestyle snowboarding school you have going on… How much can you teach someone about hitting a jump or sliding a rail, and how much of it is just about riding lots and taking all the bumps and bruises that comes with it?
JB: Well alot of learning a new trick and advancing toward hitting rails or a jump is just about getting mileage on it. Trying it as much as possible, so it eventually feels simple and almost natural. Of course it comes with the bumps and bruises, but that’s all part of the sport. From there you can take that same trick and try it on a larger and more aggressive feature such as a handrail and a XL park jump. At Snowbox your not going to learn how to double cork, but who hits a jump their first time and throws that anyways? We will teach you how to properly approach rails, jumps and other features with confidence and style. We will teach you unlimited amounts of jib tricks, frontside, backside, cab, switch backside spins, and even fun/creative tricks to just lap the park with.
SJ: What can we expect from Snowbox in the near future? In regards to both the freestyle school and the design element…
JB: Hopefully Snowbox can grow and gain some more students in the next couple years. I think a large aspect of Snowbox’s future will be it’s course design and the contest we produce called THESHOW. Hopefully both of those aspects can move around Saskatchewan and possibly into Manitoba and Alberta. Snowbox is also looking at taking the clean and creative course design to the water this summer in a slider competition. It would be the same feel as THESHOW and a super fun setup. The reason why Snowbox wants to keep doing contests, trips and events for the snowboarding community is because in the last year the community has seen a huge change. A change in the amount of freestyle snowboarders as well as skiiers, the level of riding and the style of riding in Saskatchewan. I think Snowbox has made a great impact this year on alot of riders. Getting riders to hit new features and getting riders to progress. Snowbox is also doing a huge trip to Camp Woodward at Copper Mountain in Colorado this June. We are taking eight riders for 6 days to enjoy foam pits, tramp training, air bags, and riding beatuful Copper Mountain. I think this is a great way to get riders to progress in their all around riding and especially jumping. Coming from Sask we do not have the privilege to jump all the time. Going to Woodward will get riders comfortable with hitting large tables and even spinning off of them.
SJ: Here’s a chance to give props to your homies… any shout outs?
JB: I would like to say thanks to everyone that is a part of Snowbox Freestyle Snowboarding School and Design!! I would aslo like to thank everyone who helped produce THESHOW such as Adam Zook, Roy Hitchens, Levi Ziegler, Jesse Bryksa, Maraya Bresciani, Zach Henry, Lori Bresciani, Graham Scott, Justin Inkson, Braden Mueller, Steph Scott, Rob Bresciani, and Joel Carr for helping with set up, take down, registration, and music. Also a big thanks to Sunshine and Ski for co-producing THESHOW, all of the sponsors K2 Snowboarding, Rumors Boardshop, Feelin it Graphics, Mission Ridge Winter Park, Class Five Snowboards, Red Bull, Spy Optics and a special thanks to Sask Snowboarding for also progressing snowboarding every year! Huge thanks to Street Jesus for keeping us up to date on everything goin on within this evolving industry every day!!
Snowbox Freestyle and Design
Josh is right… Snowbox Freestyle and Design did push the sport of snowboarding a lot in just one season. Their course designs for THESHOW and Jibfest really were a breath of fresh air for snowboarding in Sask… I even found myself obsessed with getting out to Mission Ridge for some quality time with Josh’s propane tank. Look for BIG things from Snowbox in the next little while, and know that when you see the Snowbox logo on an event poster, you’re in for something special. – SJ