Tommy Morsch has been a snowboard instructor at Bristol Mountain in New York for 10 seasons, the snowboard supervisor for seven seasons, and the terrain park manager for the past five. He has assisted with the development of programs such as Park Runners, a 12-week course focusing on freestyle fundamentals, as well as helping with Bristol’s first snowboard freestyle team. Tommy’s knowledge of terrain parks has contributed to the massive growth of Bristol’s park, which in only five seasons has grown from just a couple of basic features to more than 35 features, including a 425-foot halfpipe. This is his second term on the AASI snowboard Team.
Hometown: Naples, NY
Home mountain: Bristol Mountain, NY
Favorite run: Superpipe, Okemo
Favorite snowboard destination: Kirkwood, CA
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite sports team: Buffalo Bills
Snowboard day lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich, salt 'n vinegar chips, and granola bars.
Après style: Spend time with my wife and 6 and 4-year-olds.
Playlist: AM/FM radio . . . it’s the newest thing.
Just read: Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss
Coolest place I've ever been: Copper Mountain, CO
Average days on snow each season: Between 120 and 140.
Top three off-snow activities:
1) Doing anything with my wife and kids
2) Riding dirtbikes
3) Building park features
First snowboard outfit: Duck boots, blue jeans, red Columbia jacket, red ski hat, and Uvex goggles.
Unusual talent: Cat-like reflexes.
Can usually be found: At work, in the terrain park or at home.
Words of wisdom to someone not involved in snowsports to encourage them to try skiing or riding: It’s a great way to pass the time in the winter. Instead of dreading snow, you start wishing for it. The feeling of sliding down a hill with something attached to your feet is awesome. It's fun and it's a great way to exercise, and pretty much anyone can do it with a little help from an experienced instructor.
Snowsports goal: To help as many as I can love this sport, improve my knowledge of the industry so I can help as many as I can, and always improve my personal riding and teaching.