“It was a magical time and magical place! Summer, 1978, and on the road to Cascade Springs, Utah—in the Timpanogas, close to Sundance Ski Resort and the Alpine Scenic Loop drive. My friend, Kenny George, and I discovered this when we were camping out in the Uinta Mountains above Park City, and found this 7 mile road that had little or no traffic. We would go there sometimes just the two of us. The driver would drop one, drive halfway down, leave the car and skate to the bottom. The other guy would skate down to the car, get in and go pick up the other one.
Sometimes we would go over with some of our off-season ski buddies and skate in a group, pretending we were skiing down the mountain, doing figure 8 powder turns and bombing! We skated up on deer who wouldn’t immediately run away, as they tried to figure out what this was coming towards them. This road had sections that were easy cruising, and then got steeper where we were definitely going faster than we could get off and run, and we would work on carving tighter and tighter turns until we were back in control and the road mellowed out again for some great downhill cruising. I think I’m on my Logan Earth Ski, Tracker Trucks and I can’t remember the wheels. Big fat red ones! I’m sure we all have old skate memories like this!”
Editor’s Note: This radical pic of Tim Vaughan and the accompanying words come to us via our good friend Marshall Perkins (an OG Los Angeles skateboarder and all-around badass). Marshall forwarded this awesome picture and quote to us from his friend Tim via email and it made our day, raised our stoke-o-meter to an all-time high, and obviously we had to share it with you!
Downhill skateboarding is at the very core of skateboarding culture—never let anyone tell you differently! Thanks to Tim, Marshall, and all the unspoken shredders who’ve paved the way! Mad respect!