Truckee, CA, United States
Jeremy Jones goes big. He’s ridden some of the most technical, treacherous mountains ever accessed, and is known as the pioneer of backcountry snowboarding. In the last decade, he’s also become a pioneer in the fight against climate change. Through his nonprofit Protect Our Winters, Jones charges just as hard to unite outdoorspeople in the global movement to save the natural world for future generations as he does in the backcountry on his splitboard. The change agent is also the principal of Jones Snowboards, and though he’s ridden massive lines all around the world, he’s lately been chasing powder throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains near his home base of Truckee, California.
Most Humbling Moment:
Watching my brother get swept away by an avalanche. When the dust settled, there was no sign of him and I was the only one able to search for him. Thankfully I found him, and he was okay.
Riding Mount Timlin. I set up camp underneath it only to realize it was covered in ice on the top half. I accepted it was probably not going to be ride-able, but I had plenty of food and decided to stay and ride smaller lines in the area. On the 10th day, a tent-crushing storm pinned us down for five days. When it cleared, the mountain had transformed into this magical mountain. A few days later, I was able to climb up and ride the biggest line of my life in perfect conditions. I named it after my friend Joe Timlin who died a few days before the trip.