Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, Nike team rider Austin Smith naturally calls Mt. Bachelor his home mountain. He has over a decade of riding under his belt and is a powder fiend who can absolutely send it if he’s given some fresh snow, steep tree lines, and a backcountry jump. He’s also recently made a name for himself with his and fellow shredder Bryan Fox’s “Drink Water” campaign. The campaign started as method of encouraging people to drink water instead of energy drinks, but it has recently morphed into something to help give people around the world access to clean drinking water.
We hit up the Oregon local for his inside knowledge on the ins and outs of Bachelor and its town. Here are a few of his favorite spots and things:
Spot at Bachelor on a powder day: If you want to know all the secrets you will have to find Josh Dirksen or Gerry Lopez and follow them. The whole mountain is like a skate park with little kickers and transitions everywhere, but Outback and Northwest are always good places to be.
Place for dinner: One of the things I look forward to the most when coming home from a trip is eating at Toomies Thai Cuisine.
Place for happy hour: Parrilla Grill is the other best spot, with its cheap beers, unique menu, and good people. I have never taken anyone there who has been disappointed.
Breakfast spot: I usually steal eggs from my parent’s chickens and eat those for breakfast followed up with a smoothie from Mother’s Juice Cafe.
Thing to do on a down day: It is always sunny so you can do whatever. It’s an outdoorsy, hippie, and redneck town. Curtis Ciszek can be found fishing on the river. There is also biking, rock climbing, sailing, and river floating. The only thing it is missing is a good skate park.