I love Signal's Every Third Thursday series, there is really nothing like it on the web. Last month we learned how to make a snowboard for less than $100 from materials found at a Home Depot. Now we go to the opposite end of the spectrum, working with snowboard legend John Jackson to build his pro-model. It is awesome to the board come to life from a sketch on a piece of paper, to CAD file, to actual snowboard. To see him actually rip the backcountry on this board and see the genuine stoke from Jackson makes me want to get to work on my own pro-model.
Kaitlyn Farrington's snowboarding career brought her to extreme highs but also to devastating personal lows. After winning the gold medal in the women's halfpipe during the 2014 Olympics she was diagnosed with a congenital cervical stenosis, a spinal disease that ended her professional competitive career. Her story picks up in the beautiful, small mountain town of Whitefish, Montana. With the slower pace of life in Whitefish, she was able to focus on finding solace in the quiet places of
Jeremy Jones is no stranger to snowboarding adventures in far-off places – but his path to the experience he shared with Rafael Pease and Ryan Hudson in was far simpler than that of his cohorts. While the journey of living on a glacier together to create a snowboarding film was the same for all of them, going home meant returning to different realities. On their mission, the trio got to know the details of their past experiences, exploring what changes need to be made to make the mountains
Combining paragliding and snowsports isn’t exactly new, but Victor De le Rue and Sam Anthamatten might be onto something with their approach to moving through the mountains. Both experts in their disciplines, the two are still looking for fun and new adventures. The North Face team athletes and freeriders in the purest sense of the world, they are changing the way we move in the mountains. For them, the goal is no longer to reach a summit and then come back down. Now it’s about finding