Danny Davis, a professional snowboarder from Highland, is returning home to Oakland County to host The Merry Mitten Classic on December 21st, 2019. For the second year in a row, he’s teamed up with Burton Snowboards and New Belgium Brewing Company to put on this Modified Banked Slalom Event for all ages and skill levels at Alpine Valley in White Lake. Danny, an Olympic athlete, has competed at the highest level while keeping things cool by focusing on “fun, friends, and new experiences.”
Check out highlights from last year’s Merry Mitten Classic with Danny Davis:
Danny started snowboarding at Alpine Valley during his youth. In 2006, Snowboarder Magazine named him Rookie of the Year, and by 2008 the publication ranked him in the Top 10 Riders of the Year. Danny’s X Games Athlete Profile credits him with, “ushering in the modern age of halfpipe riding as the first to land three double corks in a competition run, back in 2010.”
After missing the 2010 Winter Olympics due to an ATV accident that caused him to forfeit his spot, Danny placed 10th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Men’s Halfpipe and 1st in Men’s Snowboard Superpipe at the 2014 and 2015 Winter X Games. Snowboarder Magazine included Danny in their Top Riders of the Year in 2016, who ranked eighth. He earned 3rd place in Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Superpipe at the X Games Aspen 2019.
Danny is, “widely recognized as one of the most influential snowboarders of his time[…]for injecting style, creativity, and fun into snowboarding.” The snowboarder founded Peace Park, an event that focuses on the sport instead of awards and prizes. Competitors are encouraged to innovate and have fun instead of competing with their opponents. In addition, He also co-founded The Frendly Gathering, an annual music festival in Vermont. Attendees listen to music, camp, and celebrate life.
Currently, Danny travels the country attending events with his partners, Burton Snowboards, Mountain Dew, Dragon Alliance, Martin Guitars, and Sony Action Cam. In 2018, he released All in a Dream: A Film by Danny Davis, a feature-length movie about his life and career.