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…