25 episodes

Join host Parker Bohon as he has conversations with snow industry operators/leaders. These unsung heroes take brush to canvas and have been ever evolving how we see and participate in and on their final product offering. There's a lot to cover, including when the blade dove unexpectedly in life. An awesome combo of humor, advice & inspiration you don't want to miss the stories.

The Blade Dive Parker Bohon

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Join host Parker Bohon as he has conversations with snow industry operators/leaders. These unsung heroes take brush to canvas and have been ever evolving how we see and participate in and on their final product offering. There's a lot to cover, including when the blade dove unexpectedly in life. An awesome combo of humor, advice & inspiration you don't want to miss the stories.

    The Blade Dive || Episode 24 || Cody Niebrugge

    The Blade Dive || Episode 24 || Cody Niebrugge

    Episode 24 - We are joined by Canadian operator and sought after mechanic, Cody Niebrugge. Niebrugge has worked at several world renowned resorts such as Revelstoke,  British Columbia - Canada,  Lake Louise, Alberta - Canada, Mount Hotham, NSW - Australia. 
    Growing up just outside of Saskatchewan in central Canada, Niebrugge is the youngest of 2 kids and on the family farm there was nothing more to do but get into trouble, that however meant lots of outside adventures, which Niebrugge loved. Once again, on The Blade Dive, we quickly discover that work ethic was established from hard work early on.

    Cody Niebrugge’s brother would later pursue a  fishing/guiding career,  which would become the catalyst for Niebrugge’s career.  Niebrugge’s mom should be given all the credit for showing him Skiing for the first time and following the viewing of a TV show focused on Snow Cats, Niebrugge never looked back and was obsessed. Having now travelled the world and having had opportunities to work for both Snow Cat manufacturers, Cody Niebrugge owns CNIE Industries and works as a contractor selling his skill, time and energy to those who need Snow Cat maintenance/repairs completed. We discuss how to approach and properly communicate with mechanics, what machine write ups should include, whether or not being the hero is a safety issue,  what it’s like working as a mechanic, good operators and bad habits, mechanic pay dilemma etc.

    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!

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    • 1 hr 54 min
    The Blade Dive || Episode 23 || Jeremy Carpenter

    The Blade Dive || Episode 23 || Jeremy Carpenter

    The Blade Dive Episode 23 - We are joined by Jeremy Carpenter. The Iowa local,  who grew up on a farm, took an interest in equipment early on and credits his time there as the catalyst for developing his strong work ethic.  Carpenter has been all over the world building Halfpipes for world class resorts and pro events such as Laax, Switzerland, Perisher, Australia, X Games, Cube Pipe and the The Stomping Grounds. 


    Halfpipes were originally not the focus for Jeremy Carpenter, who began his career hand shaping parks at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Carpenter Eventually landed a job at Mt. Hood, Oregon during the summer which presented opportunities to spend time around legendary halfpipe  builder Frank Wells. In time, Carpenter would trade in his rake for a chance to get into a snow cat, Carpenter left Copper for Breckenridge, Colorado. Jeremy Carpenter would later join Snow Park Technologies and travel the world building halfpipes for the Xgames. 

    Jeremy Carpenter is a big believer in innovation and we discuss equipment changes that could be a big step forward as well as concepts that have already been created.  We discuss the life of a snow cat operator as a contractor and what living that lifestyle looks like and the fact that it its not glamorous.  Carpenter has even visited the Amazon to experience Ayahuasca and lets us in on his spirituality journey.  Jeremy Carpenter is currently a seasonal employee at Laax, Switzerland and it contracted currently with The Stomping Grounds Project.
    Episode 23 is a deep dive into the mind of one of the best snow cat operators in the world. Many claim that Jeremy Carpenter's Laax Halfpipe is the best in the world, and we talk about what that title really means. We speak to some of carpenters bad breaks as well as risks taken during his career. 

    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!



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    • 1 hr 44 min
    The Blade Dive || Episode 22 || Joe Genovese

    The Blade Dive || Episode 22 || Joe Genovese

    The Blade Dive Episode 22 - We are joined by Joe Genovese. Originally from Northern Virginia, Genovese eventually relocated to Massanutten, Virginia and lived 3 miles from the base of the resort chairlifts. Enter Aaron Hawkins, the creator of the Terrain Park at Massanutten Resort.  From their Genovese’s interest in snowboarding began to explode and would eventually take him to the west coast, Superpark and eventually would return to the East Coast to Manage Seven Springs, Pennsylvania’s Terrain Park. 

    • Black listed from Massanutten as a kid,  Joe Genovese got an opportunity to join the snowmaking team via the Mountain Manager, Mike Mueller. Operating snowcats is a part of the job, so Genovese was literally thrown into a machine and has memories of his first blade dives. 


    •Joe Genovese has contributed to programs at Mountain High, June Mountain, Mt. Hood, Park City, Wintergreen & Seven Springs. Genovese will attest to the fact that creating an opportunity comes from developing a solid foundation for the skill sets that you’re passionate about. 

    Episode 22 is packed full of guest questions from previous guests, past & current snow industry contributors & 7th grade math teachers. Joe loves to laugh and that’s evident from our conversation. This carries over into his work philosophy of not taking things too seriously. We discuss what accessible snowboarding for future guests looks like, we talk about employee turnover and employee motivation beyond paychecks. We cover many memorable moments within Joe’s career including advice from Jeff Flood. 

    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!



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    • 2 hrs 14 min
    The Blade Dive || Episode 21 || Isabelle Falardeau

    The Blade Dive || Episode 21 || Isabelle Falardeau

    “Queen of Parks” The Blade Dive - Episode 21 we are joined by Isabelle Falardeau. Originally from Quebec City, Canada… Falardeau has been around some of the best operators, opportunities and resorts in the world. Contributing to companies like Aspen Ski Company, Snow Park, New Zealand, The Sochi Olympics and X Games. Currently Falardeau is not in the Snow Industry, but uses what she learned whilst pursuing a PhD in Tourism focused on  how to professionally combat  the mental health issues in the Snow Industry, specifically in mountain towns. 
    Participating in snowboarding within Quebec City, Canada, Isabelle Falardeau was shown more of the outdoors via her father, who she dubs as a pioneer or pursuer of adventures. Falardeau credits her father with instilling that life-long sense of adventure in her as well.

    With plans to finish University, Falardeau took time off to pursue Snowboarding in Whistler, Canada. Upon returning to Quebec City for the first class, she arrived to a very serendipitous note stating that class was cancelled,  Falardeau took that sign and returned to Whistler, thus cutting her teeth in one of the most well regarded programs,  by way of Yannick Rioux, Greg Boyd and the Whistler Park Crew. 

    Transitioning to a new country and a new opportunity…Aspen, Colorado became Falardeau’s new canvas. The chances to expand her knowledge of the Snow Industry and Terrain Park operations would come by way of opportunities like Cutters Camp and working at Snow Park, New Zealand. Episode 21 is a deep dive into the life and career of someone who is dearly missed within the Snow Industry, but is making her mark within her pursuit of earning a PhD in Tourism. So many harsh realities are also shared, some of which are those heavier topics that people shy away from or are reluctant or don't wish to discuss, such as the mountain town housing crisis, mental health of Snow Industry employees and suicidal rates within mountain towns.

    Please note that in this episode of The Blade Dive, we do discuss some heavy topics and at no point do we intend to trigger any one individual. Please, check on your snow family and friends, be kind to one another, make sure we are all ok...

    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!



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    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Blade Dive || Episode 20 || Adam Mahler

    The Blade Dive || Episode 20 || Adam Mahler

    “Minnow” The Blade Dive - Episode 20 we are joined by Trollhaugen Mountain Manager,  Adam Mahler. Growing up in Osceola, Wisconsin….Mahler very quickly took an Interest in the construction of even the most basic project and describes Snowboarding in the Midwest as an awesome experience. Mahler soon found himself at Trollhaugen working in multiple departments in exchange for a Season Pass. You could say that he was boomeranged back to Troll after pursuing a successful welding career. 


    Ironically after being around tractors during his childhood, Adam Mahler would later take a job welding on farming combines after obtaining his certification.  Mahler approaches each operations situation with humility, but to do that he realizes that part of problem solving is accepting that you were wrong or don’t know the answer. 

    A contributor to the expansion of the Terrain Park program, Adam Mahler wears multiple hats and claims that working at a Midwest resort requires you to do so. Being a product of a Trade School, Mahler has come full circle from his days of working in the kitchen at Troll and now oversees all outside operations. 

    Adam Mahler and Trollhaugen have been part of some core industry events such as Trollybowly & Lord of the Ropes…..is Superpark next? There’s a lot to be said about Mahler being well respected. by so many at Trollhaugen. A testament to why that is, has to be how he treats his co-workers, with kindness. “Be kind, it goes a long way”.  

    Episode 20 is a really cool conversation with an ambassador for the Midwest Snow Industry, Adam Mahler. We discuss pursuing a Trade Certification vs. a Bachelors Degree. How to be a pro when applying for a high level job at a resort you currently work for.  Mahler’s perspective on how to advocate for new park features.  Identifying  the difference between operational needs and wants as well as how we continue to share the stoke of this awesome industry and grow it, to get more people on snow. 

    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!


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    • 1 hr 57 min
    The Blade Dive || Episode 19 || Chris Meyer

    The Blade Dive || Episode 19 || Chris Meyer

    “Mad Man” The Blade Dive - Episode 19 We are joined by Chris Meyer.  The builder of shapes, began his career in Terrain Parks at Bear Mountain in California.  However, Meyer found Snowboarding through a series of unfortunate events and life choices. You could say that Snowboarding saved a life.  Meyer would eventually spend time around operators like Mike Stephenson, Tex, Desi Hauer, and Clayton Shoemaker and move on to work around the world within Terrain Park construction. 


    Growing up in Southern California, Chris Meyer found himself navigating a somewhat troubled childhood by visiting Six Flags, Magic Mountain more than being attended to by a babysitter. Attempting to fit in however he could, Meyer eventually realized that the best thing he could do was leave, so Meyer moved to Big Bear Lake, California.  Unfortunately falling back into old habits Meyer eventually landed in an all boys home. 

    Getting a second chance, Chris Meyer immediately found work at Bear Mountain and also found Snowboarding. Meyer landed a job on the Terrain Park Crew and made the shovel an extension of his arms while developing a passion for shaping features. That same season Meyer spent time behind the sticks, earned time solo in the seat and would move on to Telluride, Colorado that same season.

    Chris Meyer would eventually get the opportunity to be the Park Manager at Telluride and would work towards expanding the mountain’s rail fleet and park offering. Mammoth would eventually call and offer and job which Meyer accepted. His new adventure would place him around some of the world’s best builders and what seemed to be an endless amount of projects.  

    Chris Meyer has built Terrain Parks at Falls Creek, Australia and in Argentina. Meyer has a cult following, and is a hero to many but also judged by those who don’t understand him  or don't want to understand him. Episode 19 is a deep dive into Meyer’s obsession with building shapes from snow and how that can effect your life. We discuss having and expressing feelings in the Snow Industry. We discuss leaders who keep their word and leaders who are only good at talking. We talk about being misunderstood and incorrectly managed. 


    Enjoy...  and if you're in the machine, go ahead and TURN THE VOLUME UP!


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    • 1 hr 50 min

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