Student Q & A: Ben Hojnoski


Photo courtesy Alex Schoff

Ben Hojnoski skates at the Incline Skate Park to keep in shape.

Ben Hojnoski, an East Coast transplant who originally came to SNC to relax and take it easy turned out to be a snowboard phenom. He is 19 and his major in ski business resort management will allow him to snowboard for years to come.


So, Ben, where are you from? 

I am from Westminster Massachusetts, which is in central Mass.

That’s a long way away from home, what made you decide to come out to SNC? 

The main reason was because I wanted something different and to go out west. I also have a love for snowboarding that I wanted to keep perusing.

Why ski business? 

I just wanted to do something in my life that was ski resort oriented, and something that would allow me to be outdoors and be able to snowboard.

Why did you decide to join the snowboard team? 

I have competed in snowboarding for several years and I came out here initially not thinking about joining the team. Then I met some of the people who were riding for the team and thought, ‘Why not? I’ll compete.’

How did you guys do last year?

As a team we did awesome. We ended up winning the overall freestyle.

How did you do specifically?  

I did well. We competed in 5 events and I won the slopestyle and made top 10 in another event.

What was the other event you did? 

I placed 9th in rail jam, then I got 12th in boardercross.

Wow, you did a lot of events.

Yea, I consider myself a jack of all trades, if you will.

What is your favorite event to compete in? 

I would have to say slopestyle in my favorite, but rail jam is a close second. They are both very fun.

Why is that? 

I like the combination of rails and jumps. It’s fun because you get to show your own individual style.

Who is the coach for the team? 

As of right now there is no coach. We are still trying to figure that out.

Is there any other things you enjoy doing besides snowboarding? 

Mostly I just skateboard.

Do you find it helps you in the off season? 

It keeps the legs warm and moving around, it also has a lot of the same muscles and movements, so I love it.

How do you think the team will do this year?

I think we’re going to do very well this year, we got some new recruits, some people are returning from last year so I think it’s going to be an awesome year.