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Cheddar Child - The Inside Line Podcast 17

Get to know one of the most passionate and motivated individuals in our industry who is helping move the needle forward for mountain biking in Idaho.

Cheddar Child - The Inside Line Podcast

In this episode of The Inside Line podcast, Jason Schroeder sits down to interview his good friend and past landlord, Austin Smith, better known as Cheddar Child. Originally from Southern California and now residing in Boise, Idaho, Austin is first and foremost a ripping snowboarder. Introduced to mountain biking during his college years, his love for two wheels and digging trails have become his newfound passion. 

As the current Director of Innovations and Marketing at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, he has played a huge role in growing Bogus’ new bike park, The Basin Gravity Park, which has moved the needle forward for mountain bike trails in the greater Boise area. He’s a staple in the community who is constantly organizing dig days and trying to improve the experience of every rider who visits the park. He also has some of the sickest backyard dirt jumps you’ll likely never see and a love for music festivals and drum and bass. Austin is truly a one-of-a-kind individual whose intensity for life and motivated personality leaves an impact on everyone who crosses his path.

 

Have a listen as Austin discusses growing up being a snowboarder in Southern California, jumping beach cruisers at Sheep Hills, what a degree in Ski Business & Resort Management involves, the costs of operating a bike park, what it means to be a nonprofit mountain recreation area, and what it’s like being queer in action sports. Enjoy!

Cover photo by John Webster

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Vali Holl and Jackson Goldstone took World Cup Downhill wins in Andorra this past weekend, and they did it on Maxxis tires. Hit up maxxis.com to see their full range of mountain bike tires for any riding style or condition.

Jackson took that Junior win on his Santa Cruz V10. Santa Cruz bicycles offer free, lifetime bearing replacement on all bikes, and they’re dedicating $1,000,000 over 3 years to trail projects through their Paydirt Fund. Visit santacruzbicycles.com for all the info.

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Clarification about discussion starting around 1:46:00: “I state that we had a successful capital campaign of 6 million dollars and that replaced a chairlift, which is not completely accurate. We had a successful capital campaign in the fall of 2017, and the funds were used to put in a snowmaking system in the summer of 2018, checking a box off our master plan. Then in February of 2019, we had our second record-breaking season pass sale, which provided funds to upgrade a chairlift. A new lift was only the next item on the list because we had already completed snowmaking the summer before with the capital campaign funds.” - Austin Smith

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