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Ryland Bell: The Apprentice Becomes a Master

Five years ago, Jeremy Jones invited a young Ryland Bell to join him in Alaska. Since that trip, Bell has traveled to the state with Jones nearly every spring. The two first met lapping Squaw Valley when Bell was sixteen. Not long after, he made first descents in Alaska while filming for Deeper. Bell made these initial descents despite spending most of the trip in awe. As Jones points out, “He was just so wide-eyed and hardly got on his snowboard.”

Through the years, however, Bell’s riding and perspective have greatly evolved. As a result, Jones teams up with Bell for nearly every trip he makes to Alaska. “It’s a no-brainer—if I’m going to Alaska, Ryland is coming with me,” he explains. Often, these trips take Bell to areas with which he is intimately familiar thanks to spending his summers in Alaska working as a commercial fisherman. And each trip both fuels and reveals the evolution of Bell’s snowboarding.

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Toby Miller Sends The Elusive Yolo Flip
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Toby Miller Sends The Elusive Yolo Flip

Toby Miller Sends The Elusive Yolo Flip

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.

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Safety Week: Beacon Fundamentals
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Safety Week: Beacon Fundamentals

Safety Week: Beacon Fundamentals

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.

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Safety Week: Strategic Probing
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Safety Week: Strategic Probing

Safety Week: Strategic Probing

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