Skiing some of the best backcountry lines in Jackson Hole. It was a rough winter for snow and weather, we had a slow start and lots of wind, and quite a few of my favorite Jackson lines never filled in enough to hit. I looked elsewhere for snow, including Canada, Alaska, and even Argentina. Everywhere I went, we had fun skiing, but still dealt with avalanche issues and hard layers underneath which kept me from hitting the big cliffs I love. It’s better to wait another year than get injured doing it in the wrong conditions.
Filming in Salt Lake City can feel like a struggle. So many people in the snowboarding community live there, and when it snows in the streets, it’s a mad dash to the steel. You can drive around all day, and see lips built everywhere you look. To ride something new you need a creative mindset, you need to spend countless hours driving around searching for something new, and you need an attitude that doesn’t quit. Brandon Davis, Jed Sky and Kyle Mack took advantage of the early season snowfall in the city, and managed to bag several NBD’s (Never Been Done), despite all the factors that make SLC tough to film in. Spots like the West Valley Skatepark Rainbow rail was finally done by Brandon, and the Tooele up rail got absolutely destroyed by Jed and Brandon. The things that are most interesting to us, are things we’ve never seen before. Even though it’s filmed in arguably one of the most snowboarded cities ever, this crew manages to leave their mark in a unique way. Enjoy! – Ryan Finder