Snowboard Magazine sent Cody Liska to the Tailgate Alaska basecamp for a week. These are the people he met.

"Pirmin Wey came to Tailgate from Switzerland; Shin Biyajima from Japan; Rasmus Ostergaard from Denmark; Nicolas Demetrio from Chile; Johannas Kreutle from Germany; Matt Hicks from Australia; Julia Dujmovits from Austria; Mariq Terziiska from Bulgaria. Every year these people and many others make a pilgrimage to the heart of Thompson Pass because, ever since that first line, the Pass calls to them. They sleep in cars and motor homes and tents, waiting for the mountains to stop holding onto the weather and for it to go blue. It might take days, weeks even, but when it pops, there’s nothing else in the world like it."