Welcome to a new season of Crossfire, the page where you get to ask the pros those questions that have been niggling you for seasons. This month’s guest under the spotlight is Jenny Jones, who placed sixth overall in last year’s TTR tour, after a season that saw her chasing elusive snow.
What’s up Jenny
What do you personally think about global warming, and what can we as snowboarders do to combat it?
Over the last two years I have become more aware of the affects of global warming due to bad seasons (which some might say was just a bad year). I do think global warming is real and has a lot to do with our climate change, and as a snowboarder hoping to still be riding the mountains when I am a granny I am doing my best to become more educated and making small changes has been my aim. I would say that I/we should be looking at trying to be less wasteful as well as supporting resorts that are making efforts to become eco-friendly. One main day-to-day change which genuinely makes a difference is travel. I don’t use my car in the Alps now and try my best to use buses and rail or car share. Electricity is a big one for me as I was so unaware of the importance of ‘switching off’. Also recycling and keeping the mountains clean is important. I cannot lie, I do still take flights but have recently started off-setting my flights with a carbon neutral / carbon footprint organisation which I know does not directly stop the CO2 emissions but by buying these credits I am supporting emission reduction projects, and until I stop snowboarding competitively I feel it is my best option and is definitely better than nothing at all.
Do you feel that people in other parts of the world behave differently toward the mountain environment than us in Europe? Do you think Americans are more aware about global warming and the eco problems or is it more the Europeans that are more conscious about such things? And if so, are they doing about it?
I don’t know if I have enough knowledge to really say one country is doing more than the other but I do think there is a huge difference in individual resorts and some are making great changes. Aspen’s lifts run entirely on wind power and also have solar power systems in place. Wind power is also used by Sugar Bowl in Truckee, where they have cat machines running on bio fuels. Jackson Hole is another resort with renewable energy high on its agenda, using bio fuels and even energy saving light bulbs. In Europe, places like Courchevel Meribel have lift systems that run on hydroelectric power, buildings are being fitted with solar panels, and they have organic toilets! So who’s to say? But I think it’s important to make other ski areas aware of what some resorts are doing and put the pressure on them to make changes too. Something to check out if you wanted to know which resorts were doing well on the green cause is www.skiclub.co.uk and check out respect the mountain section and the green resort guide. Gives you the options to maybe choose a more green friendlily resort for your next snowboard trip.
I live in South Africa and contrary to popular belief, as small as it is, we do have quite a board riding community. For about 3 months of our winter we have snow, not much but more than enough to shred and recently our two resorts have started paying a little more attention to parks. However, as usual it’s up to the riders to get things going; if we don’t do it no one will. I am in charge of designing and building the terrain parks and was looking for any advice or where to find advice on the best material to use and some detailed plans for C-boxes and stuff.
PS: Take a look at our super cool website www.snowboarder.co.za to see just how us South Africans roll.
Well I am not an expert on building boxes and rails and other than knowing its steel frame and aluminium tops I wouldn’t have a clue on measurements and other material options. The guy that came to mind who is well known as a brilliant shaper of pipes, jumps and rails is David Ny from Sweden. He has been shaping for years and is well respected around the world. He has shaped at King of the Hill and Artic Challenge so totally knows his stuff. He has a website which you should check out and you can email him directly and ask him the tech stuff. Hopefully he can give you some advice. The website is great: www.scandinavianshaper.com. Also I checked out your website – best of luck for the Aces Up Tour, sounds like a good laugh.
Do you ever ride dryslope or the snowdomes back in the UK? And do you think this will be the future of snowboarding what with the rising temperatures and all that?
I can’t say how much of a future is left for the mountains; just so many variables I would be foolish to try. I do hope they last long enough for when I am older and have kids so I can take them to experience the mountains. If I was to be living in the UK (no mountains) I think it would be cool if my kids wanted to go ride the snowdome. I wasn’t so keen on dryslopes years ago but these days they are a lot better with Dendex and you can definitely have a great time riding them. A lot of young British riders started out in the domes and are definitely holding their own in Europe now. The guys involved in the UK slopes and domes are really motivated and build some great rails and jumps. However, snowdomes and plastic are just not the same as being in the real mountains and I hope we get a few more years yet blasting through powder fields.
When you were younger, what female riders did you look up to? And who do you think is on top of their game today?
I mostly saw Tara Dakides in the mags and still have a lot of respect for her as well as Nicola Thost: she was an amazing rider back then and I reckon she would still hold her own now. At the moment and judging from the season just gone I would say the girls at the top are Cheryl Maas, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Sina C and of course Hanna Beamen. When it comes to more street stuff I can’t say as I haven’t seen any films from this season yet but from watching some parts from last year, Annie Boulanger is ripping up the backcountry.
Here’s a hypothetical situation for you: the glaciers all melt, the winter never comes and the mountains are covered in chocolate wrappers and cigarette butts. In short, there’s no snowboarding anymore. What do you do?
Depressed Mark, London
Go surfing and hope the ocean is not full of tampons and condoms.