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If you tell someone who doesn't follow snowboarding that Minnesota produces as many talented snowboarders as any state in the US, they will, at the very least, give you a puzzled look. Of the recent talent to come out of The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Jesse Paul is among the most noteworthy, and if you need an example to substantiate the aforementioned claim, Jesse is a solid one to point at. He's migrated West as of recent, but we caught up with him this winter while he was home, in the environment that honed his uncanny ability—the rope tows of Elm Creek and the street spots of Minneapolis suburbs—to get an introspective look at one of the Midwest's finest.
It's one thing to snowboard in the summer, another to be a filmed at HCSC, and quite another to wrangle an ender in a session video. Is it a surprise? Sessions Jesse Paul's signature session at High Cascade Snowboard Camp went off as flawless as last trick in the Sessions 4 video. He's no stranger to these edits, you shouldn't be either – check it out!
This isn't just a Snowboarder Magazine Rapid Fire, it's an annihilation...
It's no doubt by now that Jesse Paul is a dominant force in freestyle snowboarding. We've seen Jesse in the zines, in the polls, and in the backwoods all winter, but where it's easy to shine in private sessions it can be hard to be consistent in public. Here is some very public clips from Woodward Tahoe's SuperPark 21 set up of Jesse Paul dropping shell after shell of crowd banging ammunition!
Check out Jesse's preferred snowboard jacket and snowboard pant:
Snowboarder Magazine's SUPERPARK has been the longest standing event in snowboarding. Two decades of snowboarders playing their hands at do-or-die tricks and hall-of-fame opportunity have led to this years spread from park builders at Mammoth Mountain, Boreal, Seven Springs and Corinthia Parks. Sessions Outerwear's Jesse Paul, Ryland West and Nick Geisen showed up to play their hand at blackjack. These videos are the jackpot – enjoy.
"Filming for this was the most intense two months of my life. Click the image below and vote for your favorite video! You can vote every day on multiple devices!!
Thank you so much for everyone who helped. I couldn't have done it without all the amazing people I'm surrounded by. Thank you Hot Vodka for the awesome song and thank you Colton Morgan for the camera work and editing. Thank you Ashley-Dawn Byrd Theodore Muse and Adam Ruzzamenti for the additional filming. Thank you Jordan Morse and Brady Lem for crewing up with me so much! Thank you to all the photographers I shot with. Thank you to anyone else who met up with me along the way."
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Simply put, there's nothing that compares to ripping down the slopes around Lake Tahoe, especially after the last month of snow we've had. But when I'm not shredding downhill, I'm trekking uphill, exploring any number of the great peaks around Lake Tahoe. So today I come to you with five of my favorite North Lake Tahoe peaks to summit. [Nick Visconti, from TahoeAscent.com]
Perched atop Donner Summit, Donner Peak stands alone, just waiting for you. Standing just below 8,000 feet, Donner Peak's climb is inviting during all seasons, but particularly this time of year, offering a special, snowy view for those willing to summit during winter’s kiss. A medium-grade ascent, it requires snowshoes only, although I always suggest poles, proper layering, and a spare first aid kit. While this is not a hand-over-foot climb, with adequate cardio and ambition, this four-mile roundtrip is a very doable hike for all ages. Winter trails are less restrictive, so I’d recommend bearing southwest from the Pacific Crest Trail Trailhead atop Donner Summit.
The symbolic entrance to North Lake Tahoe, Castle Peak welcomes all who are caravanning on I-80 East with a wide bluff of volcanic rock that can't be missed. Located off the Boreal Ridge Road exit, Castle Peak is a local’s favorite for 360-degree views of the Sierras. To the north, there are the Buttes (and on a clear day, Mt. Lassen), to the west there's the Sacramento valley (again, on a clear day Mt. Diablo), to the east there's Mt. Rose, and to the south, Desolation Wilderness. A six-mile roundtrip trek through wilderness floor before the wind-scoured Sierra Ridge, this winter ascent is not suitable for beginners, but a breathtaking reward awaits any who conquer it. The trails in the valley below can be heavily-trafficked, but especially be aware if you choose to make the difficult climb to the top. Once there, full cell service is your lifeline to North Lake Tahoe patrons below in Truckee. Give them a ring, do a FaceTime dance, and then meet up at Mellow Fellow for a brew and tale to tell!
A Tahoe Donner classic, Hawk’s Peak is a perfect day hike with the family and a picnic box. A Caterpillar-groomed trail beckons you from the north side of Ski Slope Drive, signaling what type of difficulty you seek.
One of the best parts of Hawk’s Peak, perhaps more than any other North Lake Tahoe peak, is the element of safety. With proper layering and outerwear, you can nearly walk up in your day shoes (though that may come with some laughs from fellow Hawk’s hikers). I recommend using a pair of snowshoes, or at a minimum, lace up your Sorels. With views from every angle, Hawk’s Peak is a surefire 3-mile out and back hit!
For every time you’ve flipped on RSN or Lake Tahoe TV, you’ve undoubtedly been entranced by scenes of the Lake from a pilot’s view. More often than not, they are frames from Tamarack Peak, perched high above Lake Tahoe. To get there, take Mt. Rose Highway (from Lake Tahoe) and park just shy of Mt. Rose Ski Area near Mt. Rose Highway’s summit. The trailhead will lead you west with a gradual two-mile, one-way hike through high alpine forests before the trail climbs above the tree line. You'll follow the gut of the valley in between a ridge to the left and right (do not be concerned if the touring ski tracks lead in different directions; they all lead up). Upon entrance to the hourglass bowl (one of Tahoe’s last great off-piste downhill terrains without a ski lift), you'll be faced with the decision of whether to burn 400 or 600 calories within a half-hour. For a 400-hundred calorie burn, hang starboard and navigate the ridge. For a 600-hundred calorie burn, head straight up. With a small 100-yard jaunt to Tamarack Peak from this point, you’ll find yourself fighting the fatigue and lack of oxygen by gasps of utter amazement – the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.
If you’re seeking a grand ski affair in North Lake Tahoe, dismiss the lines and crowds elsewhere and head to the 40-degree pitch of Northstar California’s Lookout Mountain, where the ski trails are unbeatable and the view is bar none. Thrill seekers are easily satisfied with groomed terrain and tree skiing, while the whole family can be entertained not only by vista, but by the value add of a ski lift. A north facing slope, the snow is always quality and the Martis Valley resting below is always memorable.
Sessions has bled snowboarding, skateboarding and rock and roll for over thirty years. For 2017/2018 they’ve partnered with Metallica on a jacket and brought better phone/media storage and usage to their line of jackets. “Always Have Always Will” is the brand’s mantra when it comes to dedication to snowboarding. According to them the saying is, “This is the heartbeat of the Sessions Mfg. We have 30+ years of heritage, and are dedicated to 30+ more of snowboarding, skateboarding, music, counterculture lifestyle, innovative technologies, performance products, timeless style and core business. This isn’t just our campaign, it’s our commitment.”
- Ben Gavelda, Transworld Snowboarding
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Arbor Snowboards is one of the few snowboard brands you can trace the entire supply chain. From bamboo to board everyone involved with Arbor is family, including Sessions Outerwear's Scotty Vine and Ryland West. Cosa Nostra – Our Family in spanish – is the first full team video from Arbor and from the looks of the video below has got heart, soul and shred. An assault of do or die clips, Scotty opens it up with 50/50 FS 3 that is bullet proof...
Sessions Outerwear is snowboarding, skateboarding and rock & roll – Always Have Always Will. Instead of going into the design process, sales season and Parts & Labor trade show just telling you who we are, Transworld Snowboarding decided to show you! Check out the breakdown of the our new 2017 line unveiled by founder Joel Gomez and industry veteran Eddie Wall.
Sessions Outerwear is not just a leader is style, trend, and performance, we also choose to be innovators. Next year we are dropping the External Access Media Pocket eliminating the need to unzip and dig through your jacket for your device. Fitted for iPhone+ and all sizes below, the exterior of this pocket is insulated to keep your technology warm and dry while your music stays loud. Team tested, this feature is team approved!
Sessions x Metallica colab. Horns up, this jacket IS rock & roll. Watch the video above.
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Jesse Paul began snowboarding just like we all did. He strapped in for a first time, took a first turn, and had a first fall. From an Elm Creek grom to Transworld Snowboarding's 2016 Rookie Of The Year, snowboarding is what he does, who he is - Always Have Always Will.