Mike Chmil

How long have you been on the board?
I have been boarding since the winter of grade 8, I’m not sure how old I was. I was originally a snow skater, for about three years. My neighbours and me would build all these crazy rails and put them in there backyard, everyday after school we would just go mess around on those. I got invited to snowboard a few times during those years but I was always scared of the chairlifts. In grade 8 I finally took a school trip to a ski hill and fell in love.

And how long has it been since you made the switch from the ‘thug life’ to whatever you’re doing now?
Two summers ago, when I was at Camp Of Champions I noticed I was watching a lot of different snowboarding, when before it was just Technine and GBP videos. I guess I was super influenced by other snowboarders that weren’t wearing XXL everything. I am still super down with all those guys but I feel more comfortable wearing what I do now. And its a whole lot easier to get dressed in the morning.

Speaking of Camp of Champions, you had a pretty good summer right?
Yeah it was awesome, Mark and I got a room in staff housing for a month and managed to get into camp for a few weeks. Waking up every morning and having the option to ride public or COC was so sick. Both parks are really good and it was dope meeting a bunch of new friends. Hyped for next summer. You’re coming right?

I don’t know, I feel like Mt Hood is where I belong, you know all about Mt Hood.
Yeah I have been to Hood a few times. It’s really hard to compare Hood and Whistler because every year I snowboard it gets more fun, meaning I had more fun this summer then my summers at hood. But I would have to say Hood’s parks are a lot better and there is definitely a lot more going on, as far as snowboard media goes. They also have a lot more cool shit to do after snowboarding, in Whistler you’re either partying or you’re not. Hood takes the cake.

Mark tells me he thinks he could kick your ass in a fight, what do you think?
Haha, I’m not sure, we are both so skinny, I have a few inches on him though. I saw Michael Baker pull his dreads and him cry for his mom one time. I’ll leave it at that?!

Snowboarding while living in the Muskokas must have been strange, what was that like? And how excited are you to be living in Barrie this year?
Yeah it was a little weird. Everything is inconveniently far away, like 2-3 hours. There is one resort there called Hidden Valley, but I would recommend you don’t waste your money there. Other then that there are a few rails but nothing to keep you occupied for a season, so I try to stay at friends houses’s further south as much as I can. Really excited to be in the middle of everything this season, it will be a whole lot easier.

Be honest, how much time do you spend looking for spots?
Haha, probably an unnecessary amount. Hopefully it will pay off this winter, I’m guessing it will. We got some cool spots.

Seeing as it’s 2:30am and I might fall asleep, lets get this over with. Favourite trick, favourite video part, and favourite snowboarding memory.
My favourite trick is the front lip. Favourite video is the Art of Flight but its kind of hard to pick a part from that, so I will say Chris Grenier in Bon Voyage. My favourite memory is riding at all the resorts in Alberta last fall, I never get to ride huge mountains like that in the winter, and its so much fun.

Who gets a shoutout, who’s hooking you up, and thanks to _________?
Trevor Speranske gets a shout out. Thanks to Trini, all my friends, you, my parents and anyone that has ever helped me.