Natural Selection Tour – Jackson Hole
The Natural Selection Tour premieres in Jackson Hole
There is a new type of snowboarding competition amongst us. The Natural Selection Tour is being billed as the highest echelon of competitive snowboarding. The first of three stops is Jackson Hole, Wyoming with perhaps the most impressive lineup of snowboarders, male and female ever assembled. Competitors include: Anna Gasser, Jamie Anderson, Mark McMorris, Sage Kotsenburg, Travis Rice, and many more!
With over 5 feet of fresh over the past few days and one of North America’s deepest seasons so far at 351 inches, Jackson Hole makes an ideal landing spot for the new tour’s first event. The brainchild of snowboarding legend, Travis Rice, this unique competition features riders from a wide variety of backgrounds; Olympics, X-Games, Back Country, Freeride, and film. Taking 16 men and 8 women in a head-to-head tournament style format, and in the end, only one of each will be crowned greatest snowboarder on earth. The Jackson Hole kickoff planned for a window of Feb. 2 through Feb. 9 to guarantee riders most premium conditions. Here’s a look at highlights from day one of competition on February 6th:
When Travis Rice decided to make this event, he knew it needed to be different. It had to be more than the worlds best lineup competing against each other. It had to be about the mountains. “The Natural Selection Tour is designed with Mother Nature as the main character, and with mutual respect for and from snowboarding,” Rice said.
Travis’ sentiment rings true with the choices for each stop; Jackson Hole (2/2-2/9), Bald Face Lodge in Nelson BC (2/28-3/7), and the finals concluding in Alaska at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge (3/20-3/27). These are big, bad, raw mountains. Beautiful and powerful just like the riders selected for Natural Selection. Tune into RedBull TV for live streaming coverage of events and full recaps. Also, don’t forget to follow along with Natural Selection Tour on Facebook and at @NaturalSelection on Instagram for latest conditions and updates on event timing. We’ll see everyone in Alaska to see just who be the last man and woman standing!