by Seth Lightcap. posted on 10 December
Swiss rider Sten Smola is the brains and brawn behind RIDE GREENER, the sustainably shred organization that produced the backcountry snowboarding film STEPS. Sten just released a new video entitled ’3456 Feet’. Catch the lowdown from Sten about the video just below:
To fight one’s way hundreds of meters up a mountain for hours long only to ride down for a few seconds—that might just sound crazy to some people. For a snowboarder, it can be a way to take a first step against today’s environmental crisis. Between the desire to achieve something and the actual accomplishment lies the pathway to get there. It may be short or long. For a snowboarder, this journey can mean 3456 feet. An apparently insignificant altitude difference, which is not realized in lightning speed by some resource-intensive machine. An altitude difference that must be surmounted with one’s own strength. This is done quite consciously, to descend the mountain only one time. To summit only one time, and thereby feel and respect nature’s rhythm.
- Sten Smola
by Seth Lightcap. posted on 8 December
Ever wonder how the top riders on the Freeride World Tour train to stomp massive airs or stay on their feet blasting down a line at terminal velocity? Here’s your answer:
If you want to get explosively fit for winter sports, or any sports for that matter, you must train. Jones riders Mitch Toelderer and his wife Bibi know all about training hard as they both spent many seasons on the Freeride World Tour and Mitch won the FWT world title in 2011. They both still ride a ton and they also help other athletes train for competition at Bibi’s LOFT 41 physio/training space in Innsbruck, Austria and through their website FunctionalSportsTraining.com
Mitch and Bibi just released a new training series designed for winter athletes. The series focuses on functional movements and is specially designed to improve your performance in real life, real shredding situations. The exercises they recommend (like that double slackline medicine ball butt-kicker you see above) work your balance and strength across multiple muscles at once just like snowboarding does.
The complete Function Sports Training series is available by private membership only but Mitch and Bibi have shared a few of the first steps in the program with us. Check out these sample exercises and then head over to FunctionalSportsTraining.com to sign up for the whole program.
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The focus of this exercise is on core stabilization while rotating the upper versus the lower body. Your line of vision is straight forward with an upright upper body position. Out of this position you do deep lunge jumps without giving the back knee a rest on the mattress; at the same time rotate your upper body (if your right leg is in front you rotate to the right and vice versa). Start without additional weight and add some weight if you feel comfortable with the movement and hold a good form while performing this exercise. You don’t need a lot of weight: the more extended your arms the harder it gets! Always warm up before doing exercises like this! - Mitch
Focus Your Run
This exercise improves your coordination, endurance and focus. For a time interval of about 90 seconds (the average duration of a top to bottom run), take a deep riding position on the slacklines. Your partner gives you commands to change the position of the medicine ball continuously to challenge your body to keep the balance. Your partner could also throw the ball and gives you a command for positioning right after. Always warm up before doing exercises like this! - Bibi
Check out several more functional exercises in this video:
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by Seth Lightcap. posted on 3 December
This December marks Jones Snowboard’s fifth annual Avalanche Awareness Month. We feel December is the ideal month to refresh your understanding of Avalanche and Emergency First Aid skills so you are prepared and well-practiced to make good decisions for the rest of the winter.
This video from the Utah Avalanche Center gives a good overview of the importance of educating yourself about avalanche danger. Let the video be motivation to take the next step and expand or refresh your avy skills by taking a professional course. Online articles and videos about avalanche education topics provide valuable supplemental knowledge but there is no substitution for taking a class. To understand how to safely study and observe the snowpack you need to spend a few days in the field with the experts.
There are more avalanche courses offered in North America this winter than ever before. If you have been interested in taking a course but never have, or have taken the Level One and have wanted to take Level Two, now is the time to schedule it on your winter calendar.
As the Utah Avy Center stresses, knowledge is power when it comes to making safe choices in the backcountry and an avy course is the best place to build this educational foundation. Once you know the facts, your experience in the field will be that much more rewarding and informative because you will know what you see in the snowpack as you tour.
A comprehensive list of most avy courses offered in the US can be found here:
For classes in Canada check here:
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