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Grab your friends, a pair of snowshoes and head for the hills. Freezing cold or sunny and slushy, you’re bound to have a good time. We embarked to the backcountry with illusions of grandeur and came back with sore legs and an appetite to get back out amongst the mountains.

Our crew of riders consisted of Max Tokunaga, Brynn Hayes, Tyler Orton, Jess Trimble, and Austen Sweetin—a photographer, an ice cream scooper, a filmer, an aspiring park ranger, and a full fledged pro boarder respectively. It’s the most varied squad we’ve worked with, and one of the most fun to boot. Not a moment passed without laughter or a signature Sweetin story.

Photography by Austen Sweetin and Mark Welsh.

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In fact, this entire journey would eventually become a Sweetin story. If you’re reading this, you have probably heard of Austen. Not only is he one of the most talented snowboarders on Earth, he’s also been known to weave a tall tale or two. His constant narration of our ascent was one part Deadliest Catch, one part Jeff Spicoli.

By the time we made it back to the truck, the new Technical Collection had been put through the ringer. Hoods, clavas, and gaiters were immersed in their intended environment, but the real takeaway wasn’t some product testing data, it was the reminder that no matter who you are or where you live, snowboarding is the best way to Approach Winter.

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