Jeremy Jones - East Cost Roots

Jeremy Jones - East Cost Roots

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Jeremy Jones - East Cost Roots

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Squaw ripper, Jeremy Jones, has a super cool blog that we recommend to all of our Unofficial followers. Here is his latest post on his East Cost Roots. I grew up on the East Coast.- My first snowboard was a Burton Backhill and was bought in the basement of Shaw’s General Store in Stowe Vermont in 1982.- Early on I mostly rode golf courses on Cape Cod and if I was lucky the Barnstable Jail house hill.- Trips to Vermont got more and more frequent and before long Stowe became our home.- At first snowboarding was not allowed at Stowe so I would ski in the morning and then hike in my backyard in the evenings.- Over time we had little pow stashes, long straight-runs and a bunch of poorly built kickers scattered around the neighborhood.- There was no one to teach us how to ride.- We could turn in powder almost immediately but linking turns on hard snow took years.- We would swivel and track to line up the kickers. Two defining moments stand out.- First was when I made- my first real turn on hard snow at the ski resort after the lifts were closed. I was so amped at the bottom I broke a ratchet trying to unstrap. The second was when I opened the Burton catalogue (it was 4 pages) and saw my home mountain on the list of resorts that allowed snowboarding.- The year was 1987, I was twelve years old and the ski’s went away for good.- This is when the full obsession began and for the next few years we went bell to bell every weekend regardless of conditions.- When I was 14 I hiked to the base of Tuckermans Ravine and for the first time saw a really above treeline backcountry bowl. The day after I graduated high school I went west and never came back. Red

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