There’s little in snowboarding that compares with charging down the face of a mountain. It’s the dream that people lose themselves in for the rest of their lives; sleeping in a campervan, pooling money for heli time and becoming far more acquainted with America’s 49th state than anyone should ever have to.
Becoming a ‘good’ big mountain rider is no easy task, as we said, most people spend their lives trying to attain the standard of legends and unfortunately, sometimes the mountains cash in on these lives. There’s no denying that the riders over the next few pages have earnt their place in the rarefied air from Alaska to the Himalaya’s to the Southern Alps in New Zealand.
In the days before action cameras and RED cams, some would argue that it’s mellower than some of the mountains tackled today, we however believe those years in the mid-to-late 90’s were the heydays of big line riding. Just some dudes, a heli, a guide and more balls than a pingpong tournament.
From the early pioneers like Craig, Johan and Noah; to the modern day magic of Travis and Gigi, check out some of the gnarliest descents of the 20th and 21st century.