Opening day and the looming potential of a new season accompany sentiments that translate from field to arena to court to mountain. For snowboarder Zak Hale there are aspects of this time of year that never change, the anticipation, the altered mindset, the pressure, the routines, the draw to the mountains. And with each new season there are fresh challenges that come with the first snowfall of the year. Watch and learn as Zak explains the delicate balance of love and pressure. Filmed by Pat Fenelon.
Read the full New Era presents Zak Hale: The Early Season article on Snowboarder Magazine.