Nicholas Acord was always a back-country mountain explorer -even when he was too young to realize it. Countless hours were spent in the raw elements of the Uinta/Wasatch mountain range. Nicholas' first memory of this was at the age of 7 riding on the back of a snowmobile his dad was driving. With his first snowboard in hand around age 12, he would jump off the back of the snowmobile into sometimes shoulder deep powder, find an open fresh face, hike up it and ride down. This sparked a joy in him that he has rarely has been able to recreate other than through snowboarding. He didn't see a groomer run until he was 16 years old.
This tradition started early on as he grew up hearing the stories of his Grandfather clearing 100 foot drops, back when they first started putting shocks on snowmobiles. In fact it was his grandfather who taught him many life lessons, including the importance of a strong work ethic and an adventurous spirit. He also spent a good part of his childhood working on the family ranch with his grandfather near the Sawtooth mountain range in Idaho.
Through life experiences of his own such as moving to the desert, being involved in the street art and graffiti lifestyle, to college, the corporate job route, overcoming a life threatening blood disorder, through QiGong, Tai Chi and other holistic health methods, Nicholas will probably tell you we are the sum of all of our experiences.
Fast forward to today he has launched a business that showcases his artistic talent, passion for back-country riding and it's people of that community, has competed in Freeride World Tour Qualifier events, trains upwards of 100 days on mountain each season and has developed a new approach to teaching people to snowboard.