• The Blade Dive || Episode 34 || Jay Rydd & Day Franzen || Part 1

  • Sep 28 2021
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Podcast
  • Summary

  • The Blade Dive, Episode 34 - We are joined by New Jersey native, Jay Rydd and Virginia Southerner, Day Franzen.  These two are big players in the Snow Industry game and have worked for resorts and companies  such as Mammoth Mountain, Diamond Peak, Mountain High, Heavenly, Pistenbully and more. As the co-founders and masterminds of the Kingvale Terrain Park Project, Jay Rydd and Day Franzen are no strangers to park programs and they both have an acute awareness of the value in relationships and combining their skills to produce the best possible outcome.

    After spending time on snow in  New Jersey and Virginia, both Franzen and Rydd left for the West Coast and would land in Lake Tahoe and Southern California. Eventually meeting at a Mammoth Mountain job fair, Franzen asked Rydd what he was doing leaving his Slope Manager job at Diamond Peak, to groom at Mammoth Mountain. The two would eventually leave Mammoth and create Kingvale, a then groundbreaking now iconic program in the Terrain Park world, that is best left described by the visionaries and creators themselves. 

    Episode 34 is a in depth conversation that truly was too broad to be one single episode...  we cover so much material that we would be remiss, did we not share. In Part 1, we discuss training, operating techniques,  the history of what it was like to work in the industry 15 years ago compared to now, dream jobs outside of the industry, the tough guy show, asking for help, stories from Kingvale, Cutters Camp, 'The C Box' and much more. Be sure to tune into Part 2, dropping next week. In the meantime...

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

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