The first stop of the Natural Selection Tour at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort introduced viewers and the competing riders to a new, hybrid freestyle-freeriding event. This event was the brainchild of Travis Rice, one of the most influential snowboarders in the world. The course required riders to navigate down a steep face, through deep snow, while also executing freestyle tricks off massive jumps and natural features.
The Natural Selection Tour is an event that professional snowboarder Travis Rice has been manifesting (his words) since the first iteration of the big-mountain freestyle event in 2008 at his home resort of Jackson Hole. Over the last decade-plus, Rice has continued to evolve the contest format, reimagining it in 2012 and 2013 at a backcountry cat-skiing destination deep in the backcountry of British Columbia.
Rice saw these past contests as “beta events” which led to a realization of his ulti...
It’s the stuff of dreams: sixteen acres of untracked inbounds terrain at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, flocked in feet of sparking fresh powder, untouched save for the towering transitions and takeoffs scattered across the slope.
This is the setting for the opening stop of the Natural Selection Tour, an invitation-only freeride snowboard contest set to kick off this week at professional snowboarder Travis Rice’s home resort.
Oregon is firmly established as a skiers and snowboarders paradise, with 13 ski areas across the state and the frosty peaks of the Cascade Range always within view. It should come as no surprise that Oregon is also home to a number of ski and snowboard companies. The offerings range from skis and snowboards to outerwear and accessories. These brands make products that are inspired by and built to excel in the uniquely Northwest snow and weather conditions brought by the Cascades.
Editor and writer for Travel Oregon and Ski Oregon highlighting Oregon's distinct winter adventure opportunities. Coverage includes ski area updates, events and news; business profiles related to winter recreation; and travel stories.
The experience of camping outside paired with at-home adventures can provide just the break from routine you’re craving.
Before the end of February, Craig McMorris had already had a full season. In fact, you could say the 28-year-old snowboarder had maybe the most diverse season possible, including filming an X Games Real Snow video part, succumbing to and overcoming an injury, and holding down his announcing duties as the host of the Aspen X Games. There, he also competed in the X Games Jeep Rail Jam, while acting as the field announcer no less (a first for X Games…a first for ESPN?), and then a wildcard entry...
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