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JASON CHAMPION

Hometown: Truckee, CA, USA
Currently resides: In the Loneliest town in America
Guides for: West Wind Collective, Pulseline Adventure, Splitboard Guides International
Current Sponsors: Jones Snowboards, MTNMNY
Bindings: SurgePro

Snowboarding for 27 yrs. Jason first took to backcountry snowboarding in the mid-1990s. In 2000 with his first summit on Mt. Shasta he started snowboard mountaineering. Jason has been professionally guiding for a decade in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska, the Cascade Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. He is certified as a W.M.I. Wilderness First Responder, AAIRE Level II, and American Mechanized Ski Guide. With his infectious attitude in the Alpine, Jason is defined by his experience and is enthusiastic about sharing the technique of mountaineering in style, that contributes to successful objectives in the mountains.

Q & A

How long have you been guiding?

Fifteen years!

 

Who has most influenced you as a guide and how?

My first influences and still to this day some of my most trusted Splitboard partners are Layton and Ondo. Really in the process of becoming a guide and avalanche educator, I've met so many mentors and it continues to be a learning experience. What is even more interesting is when the younger guides you've brought up start teaching you a new approach or techniques of moving in the mountains.

 

What certifications do you have?

AMGA Splitboard Guide, Avalanche Forecaster and Instructor, US Heli Mechanized Ski Guide.

 

What are you most excited about for the 21/22 season?

I am really excited about the new learning experience we are building for students of West Wind Collective. We're focused on giving our participants a small group setting in a venue that encourages splitboarders to delve into avalanche safety and backcountry protocol. Also stoked for the AK tour camp. 

 

Why ride Spark R&D gear?

Spark bindings are sturdy, durable, and proven to be reliable in the field. Whether on a week-long traverse, cold winter temperatures, or wet heavy snow, the Spark R&D binding design and components are the best in all types of splitboarding conditions.

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