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Mar

by Seth Lightcap. posted on 6 March

We’ve always known Chamonix guide Julien ’Pica’ Herry was on another level in the mountains but his latest accomplishment is simply mind bending...

On Feb 19th, Pica rode the first ever SWITCH descent of the Col Du Plan route on the North face of the Aiguille Du Midi. The first half of this 600m (1800 ft) line hangs over a massive cliff and the pitch is a stout 45°- 50°.

Pica has been a regular-footed rider for 20 years and he made every turn of this descent (including dozens of do-or-die jump turns) riding goofy on a Mountain Twin 157. Though he hasn’t given up on regular footed riding, Pica has plans for several other switch descents of classic steep lines. His goal is to break free of the chains of riding one direction such that he can find new possibilities for endless fun on a line regardless of whether it’s better riding for regular or goofy - next level!!

Check out this video of his SWITCH descent of the Col Du Plan above and catch a view of the line below:

Making it look easy in any direction, Julien drops in switch. Photo by Davide Capozzi

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The Col du Plan - Nord. Photo by Ben Briggs

27
Feb

by Seth Lightcap. posted on 27 February

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Amber Nelson pops an icy ollie at the #jhpowwow. All photos - Seth Lightcap

Core riders from across the snowboard industry gathered in Jackson Hole this week for the 3rd annual Jackson Hole Pow Wow. Organized by OG shredder and JH loc Rob Kingwill, the Pow Wow offers the opportunity to test freeride, powder and splitboards on the legendary steeps and gullies of Jackson Hole. Conditions inside the resort were fast and firm but there was plenty of pow to found in the backcountry. We had a crew of Jones Women’s Ambassadors out at the Pow Wow and they took full advantage of their Women’s Solution splitboards to access the goods...

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After a morning mashing tram laps and ripping ’wiggle’ lines, this crew hunted pow lines outside the gates in the afternoon - Allison Lightcap, Mariah Dugan, Halina Boyd, Iris Lazzareschi and Amber Nelson.

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Smooth as butter, Halina bombs a line.

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This skintrack abruptly ended in a massive glide crack. Allison and Iris negotiate the snow bridge.

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Iris snaps off on a tasty wave.

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Playful terrain and plenty of snow, Allison barrels into the whiteroom.

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Massive chutes drop off the edges of the resort on all sides. Here’s Mariah ripping into ’Endless’ in Granite Canyon.

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Mariah carving into the apron of ’Endless’.

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Iris puts the pedal to the metal after a pow blast.

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Allison rips down the upper section of ’Shady Lady’

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Amber Nelson gets pitted in the lower section of ’Shady Lady’

13
Feb

by Seth Lightcap. posted on 13 February

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No better way to kick off the new year then ripping some pow turns right?! January 2015 wasn’t great everywhere but the Jones team riders scoured the globe and found plenty of fresh...

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It’s safe to say Ryland Bell (@rylandbell) found the most faceshots on the team in January. He spent the entire month in Japan.

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Here’s a taste of the tracks Ryland laid in Hakuba last month.

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We had several other team riders who chased the storms to Japan. Here’s Chris Christenson (@chris_christenson73) in the whiteroom in Hokkaido. Photo - Forrest Shearer (@forrestshearer)

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Halina Boyd (@hbombtheoriginal) and Iris Lazz (@irislazz) also made a Ja’Pow trip. Here’s Halina blowin it up in Hakuba. Photo - Kelly Halpin (@kyehalpin)

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Despite the long, cold nights, A few team riders kicked off the new year with an overnight backcountry mission. Jeremy Jones (@JeremyJones), Taylor Carlton (@taylorc27) and Jimmy Goodmann (@jimmygoddmannnnnn) went exploring in Nevada. Photo - Jeff Curley (@curleyphotos)

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Here’s Jeremy Jones (@JeremyJones) on the hunt in Nowhere Nevada. Photo by Jimmy Goodman (@jimmygoddmannnnnn)

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Forrest Shearer (@forrestshearer) slashed into a few local stashes in Utah. Photo - Andrew Miller (@andrew_miller)

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Iris Lazz (@irislazz) got after it in the Tetons. Photo - Josh Mandel (@mtn_jam)

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Luca Pandolfi (@pandolf73) went spine hunting in the country of Georgia.

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Luca Pandolfi (@pandolf73) found a few faceshots closer to home in Chamonix as well.

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Romi Kristl (@romi_kristl) scored some wind buff pow in Verbier. Photo - Tommy Penick (@tommypenick)

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Sten Smola (@sten_smola) got deep in the Oberwald region of Switzerland.

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No pow to be found in California last month but the corn snow was damn good. Allison Lightcap (@allisonlightcap) scored sweet turns shredding Mt Lassen. Photo - Seth Lightcap (@sethlightcap)

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Jimmy Goodman (@jimmygoddmannnnnn) boostin in the Tetons. Photo - John Truax (@rapidorojo)

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