23/03/2009 | by Onboard
Arbor Snowboards is proud to announce that Pat Milbery has joined the team as the newest member of the Arbor Collective.
Photo: Terry Ratzlaff
Pat grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, the land of hills, ice, and towropes. It was there that he built up a strong tolerance for icy landings and battered tailbones, which helped make him the well-rounded rider that he is today. In 2001, Pat relocated to Breckenridge, Colorado where he stepped up his game in the mighty Rocky Mountains. Pat now lives in Denver, Colorado and calls Winter Park his home resort.
“I couldn’t be more stoked to have a guy like Pat Milbery on the Arbor team,” said Arbor Team Manager, Ken Perkins. “He has an amazingly positive energy both on and off the hill. Pat is the hardest working guy in snowboarding.”
Milbery has been filming for Think Thank, with parts in Stack Footy and Thanks Brain. He is now shooting for their new release, Cool Story. “I linked up with Jesse Burtner and Sean Genoveese of Think Thank about three years ago,” says Milbery. “They respect my creativity and they’re open to my nontraditional approach to film parts. They are changing the way snowboard movies are made a little more each season, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Milbery’s hard work has landed him in the pages of publications such as Transworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder, and Snowboard Magazine. He is also the host of the “Local’s Show,” on Resorts Sport Network and writes a monthly column for Japan-based Snowstyle magazine and Colorado’s All Us magazine.
Pat has never abandoned his Midwest roots and gives back to that community through his Mighty Midwest Snowboard Camps. Pat will be helping run two more camps this season in Michigan and New Mexico. Milbery employs a laid back coaching method, with a focus on building the next generation of riders. “Hopefully I can inspire a few kids. I want to slow down that “Super-Pro” career oriented mindset and show them a simplistic, grounded approach that’s based more on having fun snowboarding,” said Pat.
Signing with Arbor could not have been better timed, as it coincides with the development of their new Draft snowboard. “I’m excited about Arbor’s new Draft because it’s their first freestyle design that’s been engineered specifically for jib and urban riding, yet it still rips in the backcountry,” said Milbery.
“Pat has incredible skills as a rider, with an ability to get the shot every time, and get it with a unique perspective,” says Perkins. “I’m excited to get to know him better as a rider, friend, and as part of the Arbor family.”
There’s no doubt that Milbery is one of the most dedicated snowboarders out there right now, and he isn’t afraid to offer some words of wisdom: “Work hard, give high-fives, get weird, and keep charging,” says Milbery. “I realize life is a very temporary thing so every second of every day matters.”