For the past 16 years every spring I have made the pilgrimage to Alaska. Last season was the best conditions I have ever seen in Alaska and I got to ride the best lines of my life.
So what do you do when you score a place as good as humanly possible? I decided to give it a break for a year and check out a new location. Antarctica opened my eyes to the fact that there are vast areas of dreamlike mountain ranges in this world that I have yet to experience. The place was so off the charts that it left me thinking, “how did I not know about that?” And “how many more magical mountain places in the world are there to explore?
The other thing I learned from Deeper is that I no longer needed a heli operation or resort close by to access the mountains and therefore there are very little restrictions to where I can ride my snowboard. This simple realization unlocked the worlds mountains to me.
So since Deeper I have been scouring maps, comparing latitudes, proximity to oceans, and topo lines of places I know holds good snow to possible new locations that I know little about. One huge area that I have never been to stuck out the most, the Arctic region of Greenland, Norway and the Baffin’s. After much research I settled on a small archipelago at the top of the world called Svalbard. Over 60% is covered in glaciers and the rest seems to be covered in mountains. It sits roughly 800 miles south of the North Pole and is home to the some of the northern most mountains in the world.
Below are some pics I took from the plane and in town. It did not take long for me to get excited at my first look of these mountains. There is a uniqueness to these mountains that I have never seen in this world and the options for good riding seems endless.