Day Crew Manager, Mammoth Mountain
The first time I met Jared Dawoud was at SNOWBOARDER Magazine's first-ever event that focused on the next generation of snowboarders, called The Launch at Northstar-at-Tahoe, California. At the time, he was one of the best jumpers in the entire field and I knew that he had a bright future in snowboarding. However, a handful of years and hundreds of laps later, and Jared is now the Day Crew Manager at Mammoth Mountain, California, overseeing grooming and park operations during daylight hours. His aptitude for freestyle snowboarding coupled with his innate ability to simply connect with people make him an incredible manager and a huge asset to Mammoth and now, when we put on events at Mammoth, I look on with pride as I sit back and watch Jared run the show. With some of the best terrain parks on earth set atop one of the biggest footprints any resort has in the world, to say that Jared has his hands full is an understatement, but the kid handles it with ease and grace, and he prides himself on producing one of the most picture-perfect finished products in the industry. Jared Dawoud is both literally and figuratively pushing his way to the top of the terrain park building world, and under the tutelage of his brother--the famed TJ Dawoud--there's no telling what Jared's limit is and how far he will go.
What does your current position in the snowboarding industry entail? Describe a typical day on the job.
Depends on the day. A mid-winter day in Mammoth goes something like this: Wake up around 5:45am to clear off my truck (chances are it snowed at least a foot overnight), rally up to work by 6:45. Check my email then get the crew out the door to dial in the parks. Shovel out my snowmobile (remember it snowed at least a foot last night), rake the park/shovel the park 'cause it snowed at least a foot overnight. After lunch or any random meetings I have, I try really hard to ride around, whether it’s in the park or just cruising around trying to find some fresh turns that all my friends left behind. At the end of the day the boys break the park down and we do it all over again the next day. There’s always so much more than just the normal day-to-day work. We’re constantly planning what we’re doing next. With 30-plus events and photo shoots throughout the season, it always feels like we have a new build going on.
Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I’m originally from Connecticut. Now Mammoth Lakes, California is home.
How did you start snowboarding?
I actually started skiing when I was 2 on a little slope in Connecticut. My older brothers switched to snowboarding and naturally I followed when I was maybe 7 or 8.
At what point did you realize that you wanted to work in the snowboard industry?
When I moved to Mammoth.
And how did you make that happen?
When I was 16 years old I moved across the country from Vermont to Mammoth. I went snowboarding every single day, riding as much as I possibly could. Years later I was given the opportunity to work on day crew at Mammoth (obviously so I could still ride everyday.) A handful of short years later I’m now running the crew.
Who did you look up to in the industry for inspiration?
I’ve had so much inspiration over the years, from my friends, peers and my family. I have a lot of close friends that are incredible at snowboarding so some inspiration flows through these parts. Shout out to Greg, Jaeger and Worm! Guys like Oren Tanzer, Pat Bridges, Billy Anderson and my brother TJ are some guys in the industry I’ve looked up to, just to name a few.
What do you feel has been your biggest impact in your line of work?
Snow. It’s what makes our world go around. On a bad year we’re hungry. On a good year we feast!
What do you want to accomplish that you haven't yet?
Travel the world.
Anyone you'd like to thank?
My mom, my brothers, my girlfriend, all my friends, everyone at Unbound and Mammoth Mountain. Thank you.