A few years ago, splitboarder Rafael Pease decided to embark on an adventure unlike any he had thought of before. He decided to travel the world with his board, exploring faraway cultures and learning how they lived with and connected to the mountain environments around them. This has brought him and his crew to places ranging from the Andes, the Yukon, Japan, and now the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. In the newest Connections Movement short, Pease spent 10 days amassing 48,700 vertical feet and
This past winter, snowboarders Austin Smith, Bryan Fox, Griffin Siebert, and Knut Eliassen went to McCall, Idaho, to hunt for some pillow lines and deep pow in the trees. They found exactly what they were looking for, sending lap after lap down huge boulder fields covered in feet of blower pow, and tricking natural features in the trees. Along the way, they took a dip in the Burgdorf hot springs, at a super-remote old mining town deep in the mountains.
There are always questions about how someone who pursues snow and pleasure for a living can be a successful and responsible father, especially when his career often takes him far away from his family doing dangerous things in dangerous places. PNW-based professional snowboarder Blair Habenicht has some insight on the matter, telling us how he manages to do exactly that in Granted, his take on living a fantastic life with his family may be slightly different than others’ (he lives in a