Defying its long standing tradition of spending the off-season parked in Vermont, The Rome SDS Van is making moves to Vail, Colorado.
"While we know people love the Rome van being in Vermont, it seems that some people have lost interest in the van being parked here. That's why we decided to shake things up and move it to a yet-to-be-named spot in Vail, Colorado," said Michael Hunt, Director of PR at Rome Snowboards. "100 percent of people at Rome support the move, except for the company's two founders and the gardener," Hunt concludes.
Due to the fact that the van hasn’t seen much action since it was on-scene to support the filming of Amageddon, the van is facing the possibility of spending the long journey from Vermont to Colorado hooked to the back of a tow-truck.
"The Rome van is my favorite van in snowboarding by far, and I couldn't be more excited about its next evolution. Through the MTV (Most Traveled Van), Rome has done so much to support the progression of snowboard film-making," says Viktor Simco, a Van Life heavyweight. "I trust the heads in PR and brand management at Rome that they are deciding to park it in Vail to further progress low-budget snowboard film making,"uttered Simco, while Rome's Michael Hunt looked on, nodding.
"I couldn't be more hella stoked on this," added two-time Van Life member Riley Nickerson, after meeting with Mr. Hunt. "Ever since I got hooked on Van Life, the Rome van has always been the "high" point of my season, and knowing what Rome and Vail have in store to take this van to the next level makes me so excited to visit it in Vail this winter."
For its part, the Vail Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the van and the potential shred-head fans it may draw to the resort, though the community itself may not be so easily convinced. As a local businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, "It's not like we asked them to bring that thing here and we already have a lot of broken-down vans in our lots deposited by hippies with dogs. I guess it's not a big deal, but there's really not that much parking as it is for our typical over-sized SUVs."
The resident’s of the MTV’s local digs in Vermont are already shedding tears over the deep loss they will feel once the van departs.