Ryan Hudson's path to becoming a professional snowboarder is far from ordinary. He grew up living in and out of homeless shelters in San Diego. By chance, he discovered snowboarding when a youth outreach program invited him to the mountains. When he stepped on a snowboard he was instantly hooked. That passion brought him out to Utah, ultimately landing a dishwashing job at the infamous Peruvian lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
After two years of riding 130 days non-stop at Snowbird, Hudson accumulated sponsorships and started competing. Now, on top of riding as much as he can, Hudson makes an effort to go back to San Diego to help get more low-income kids on boards. Jeremy Jones recently hosted Hudson on an Instagram live to hear his story, and explore ways the outdoor industry can make sports like snowboarding more inclusive.
It seems like all that quarantine stay-at-home training got a select crew of Chamoniards into the best shape of their lives. With normal ski season long gone, the likes of Leo Slemett, Pica Herry, Vivian Bruchez, and countless other local guides and athletes are still getting after it in the Mont Blanc massif. That means massive slogs from the valley floor into zones like the famous Argentiere Basin, Tof Henry taking up the art of speedflying, or finding new first descents on Mont Blanc
Okay, this might fall on deaf ears for many of you, but for practitioners of the dark art of snowboard mountaineering, this is big news. Phantom Snow Industries – the brand behind the amazing splitboard binding that lets you use a hardboot setup – just announced their first dedicated hardboot for snowboarding. It’s called the Slipper, and it’s a refined version of the Atomic Backland Ultimate boot they have been helping customers modify to use with their binding systems. RELATED: Check Out
After closing lifts and mountain access on March 14 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Washington’s Crystal Mountain will re-open skiing and snowboarding on June 1. Following models first used at spring ski destinations like Oregon’s Timberline and Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, Crystal will use a reservation system to limit the number of guests on the mountain at the same time. Season passholders and Ikon Pass holders will not be given priority, but will still get to ski for free if they