Jeremy Jones’s is for good reason the most famous snowboarder in the world now. Yet it’s not for taking selfies or winning contests. He is doing good for the culture and for the planet by getting out there and exploring the best lines in the best mountain ranges the world has to offer. His trip last spring to Montana’s Crazy Mountains is up there with one of his favorite scores of all time.

 

 

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In April 2018, Jones, along with Robin Van Gyn and Mark Carter, embarked on a tour of Montana’s Crazy Mountains. The Crazies are a 600-square-mile range just northeast of Bozeman. An isolated mountain island in a sea of plains, the Crazies jut from the flatlands and top out at 11,214-foot Crazy Peak. The range is rugged and magnificent; its faces serrated with wide tracks of snow and jagged peaks. But getting into them isn’t easy. There are only a handful of public access points and trails. Some of the mountains and nearly all of the entryways are encircled by private property, leaving much of the range hardly explored, particularly in the winter. Philip Morris’ sprawling Marlboro Ranch and many other greedy folks are the gatekeepers to this vast cache of public lands. This is not a rare situation; there are many more controversial public enclaves throughout the west. The Rocky Mountain West has nearly four million acres of hardly accessible public lands, two million of which are in Montana. 

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Click to THE SNOWBOARDERS JOURNAL to read about Jeremy Jones’s vision quest in the Crazy Mountains 

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