One of the more loose snowboarding outfits to come out of Whistler in recent years, the Manboys (Eric Jackson, Matt Belzile, Rusty Ockenden, Chris Rasman, Jody Wachniak and John Jackson) love hitting huge jumps, plain and simple. Taking advantage of the epic terrain Whistler has to offer, these guys find the biggest and baddest backcountry features and send it into orbit.
Only someone with the nickname like "iPod"–Iouri Podladtchikov–would invent a trick name the "yolo flip.". The yolo flip is a cab double cork 1440 in the halfpipe and was first done by iPod at Winter X Games 2013. The young Californian upstart Toby Miller saw the yolo flip as a perfect trick to add to his arsenal in the pipe. Watch Toby and Shaun White session the Mt. Hood halfpipe with the goal of putting down an illusive yolo flip.
The most important aspect of beacon fundamentals is simple: practice. Get to know your own beacon and its functions and know how to switch to search quickly. Practice search drills regularly throughout the season and repeat the process when you buy a new beacon. Here, we break down the search process into four phases.Signal Acquisition: Once you switch your beacon to search, it’s time to find a signal. Depending on the model of your beacon, you will start receiving a signal from 40-60 meters.
It's a harrowing moment: A partner in your backcountry team has gone down in a slide and is completely buried. Your beacon has brought you to their location in the avalanche field, but you still have to find them underneath all the snow–and do so quickly–so you can excavate them and remove them from a potentially fatal situation. As part of Safety Week, we linked up with Zahan Billimoria, and had him break down the proper strategic probing technique. From making sure you probe strike