Jeremy Jones in Mammoth Lakes
Legendary snowboarder Jeremy Jones is coming to Mammoth Lakes this weekend, and we asked VisitMammoth Facebook fans what they would like to know about this backcountry snowboarding legend.
The following is a transcript of top interview questions from fans and Jeremy’s answers during a live conferance call:
Fan Question: Do you ever do much backcountry riding in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and if so, where do you like to go?
Jeremy Jones: About 80% of my snowboarding is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Living in Tahoe, I definitely have more days in the Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada, but I find myself spending more and more time between Bridgeport and Lone Pine. In that stretch of mountains, I probably put in 30 days a year. I really try and go someplace new. It’s been really amazing to have a mountain range that’s been in my backyard for 15 years, and be able to consistently ride new terrain and go into drainages I’ve never been in. I continue to be awed by the vastness of the Sierra Nevada.
Fan Question: Do you still get nervous before dropping into something huge?
Jeremy Jones: Yes, but now it’s a little different because I’m hiking everything I ride. A lot of the fear totally confident because I know exactly what’s below me and that’s a nice change.
Fan Question: So because you’re hiking all the time, do you always follow the line that you prepped, or do you sometimes change it?
Jeremy Jones: I don’t always hike right up the line. If I haven’t hiked the line and I’m standing on top of it and there are blind rollovers, then I am absolutely as nervous as I was fifteen years ago.
Fan Question: Do you have any lifestyle or conditioning tips to keep us all charging for as long as possible?
Jeremy Jones: I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people older than me who are still charging. With these people, I’m always asking lots of questions. Specifically, I was with this guy in Alaska, Ruedi Homberger. He’s 72 years old and he’s climbing peaks that I couldn’t. I basically couldn’t keep up with the guy in the mountains. I asked him, “what’s the trick?” And he said, “Don’t stop. Just keep doing it.” That seems to be a consistent answer from the 65-70 year-old guys I’ve had the opportunity to talk to that are still doing the sport we love.
Meet Jeremy Jones
Saturday, January 5, 2013: Jeremy Jones will be at the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center’s fundraiser at Eagle Lodge.
6pm: Doors open
7PM: Jeremy will be presenting his slide show, “Trophy Lines.”
Film Screening of “Further”
Friday January 4, 2013 at the Old Mammoth Road Jam (Next to Shogun in the Sierra Center Mall)
Doors open at 7pm.