Rob Kingwill started the JH PowWow at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 2012 when he saw the need for a snowboarding event that was simply focused on snowboarding. An event that wasn’t clouded by the stress of a competition run, or the nerves of a race, but rather brought everyone together to hoot, holler, and laugh their way down the mountain. At the JH PowWow, powder board shapers from across the industry bring their latest designs to Jackson to share knowledge, ideas, and their love for the turn.
Over the course of three days, shapers answered questions, tried competitor’s designs, and came together as a community in a way that only Jackson Hole can facilitate. Each evening after riding from open-to-close, riders again convene for a series of events designed to further the focus on the snowboarding community. This year we started the week off with a trip down to the Asymbol gallery for the opening of Alignment, a collaborative art show featuring the work of Bryan Iguchi, Schoph, Jamie Lynn, and photographer Andrew Miller. Our night of reveling in their art was followed by ShredX, a snowboarding seminar loosely based on the Ted Talk model, where snowboarding legend Chris Pappas and photographer Wade McCoy took us through the history of snowboarding at Jackson Hole. We would have been remiss to not bring along our disposable cameras.
We can’t get enough of the feeling of these cameras. It is a combination of having limited exposures, being fast, light, easy to use, and perhaps most importantly the completely unique aesthetic retained in each image. Disposables, is a new photo series featuring photos from our travels. Moments in time from when we hop on a plane until we warily unpack our bags. They aren’t all in focus or properly exposed, and they aren’t all great images; but each and every photo speaks to experience, and the many fragmented moments that together constitute travel and adventure.
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We stopped in Pinedale, WY for a Budweiser. The locals didn’t seem too keen on us.
Rob Kingwill makes introductions for the JH PowWow opening ceremony, with added emphasis to the PowWow rule that if you break it, you buy it.
See the asymmetrical board in the middle? It was a standout of the PowWow. James Nicols, JD and Will Dennis of Snoplanks.
Editor Jens Heig talks snowboarding with Gray Thompson of United Shapes and Mikey Franco of Franco Snowshapes.
Jens navigates into the Cowboy Couloir…
Andrew Schrum works in Jackson Hole’s marketing department, whose office is in the village. Not a bad locale.
Party time at Asymbol.
Left to right: Jeremy Jensen of Grassroots Powsurfing, Michael Chilton of RIDE, Mikey Franco, and friend.
Travis Rice and artist Mike Parillo make quite the pair.
Mikey Basich got down.
Cam FitzPatrick and Chilton, chilling.
Celia Miller made it to town, so did photographer Ben Gavelda.
Hey @schoph. Make sure you stop by Asymbol next time you head to head to Jackson.
The Asymbol crew throws down! Left to right: Ashley Rice, Scotty Davidson, “Mustang” Josi Stephens, and Sara Johnson.
Mike Basich’s mobile Area 241 can draw the crowd. The jogger on the left didn’t want to be in the photo, we told him to get in anyway.
Aaron Lebowitz of Soulmotion Snowsurf travels in style.
Need to tune your board? AM/FM Tune Shop in Teton Village should be your stop.
Gray and Snoplanks’ own JD Dennis getting philosophical.
Teton Thai is a must after a day of riding Jackson Hole. Snoplanks, RIDE, and United Shapes joined us for dinner.
We had a disposable camera, Mikey Basich had an instant. Touché.
Aaron Lebowitz reminding us that it is the PowWow after all…
The Panel. Hightide Mfg, Grassroots Powsurf, Notice Snowboards, Franco Snowshapes, RIDE, and Soulmotion.
The legend, Chris Pappas, demonstrating what riding Sorels and no highbacks was like.
Chris with the first board he brought to Jackson Hole in 1985.
Chris and Rob Kingwill, founder of JH PowWow. Chris was Rob’s instructor in the late ’80s, and they have been friends ever since.
He brought some treasures with him in his $500 Subaru.