SnoPlanks Co-founder James Nicol was seeking a snowboard that allowed him to surf the snow. When he didn’t find what he wanted, he began shaping it himself.
James grew up skiing and snowboarding in Oregon. However he moved to San Diego for school in 2000 and caught the surfing bug while living in Mission Beach. His love for surfing kept him in San Diego for ten years and it was during this stint that he started shaping boards in his backyard
After James met his wife, who was originally from Oregon as well, the two decided they wanted to return to their roots to start a family. Both sharing a love for Mt. Bachelor, they packed up their bags and called Bend their new home.
Being reconnected with Mt. Bachelor and the surf style features of the mountain inspired James to begin messing around and pressing snowboards in his garage, literally bending plywood and cutting out boards, glassing them like surfboards for strength and flex. Utilizing Mt. Bachelor as his testing facility, James would try out new shapes, consistently testing and trying new materials, and slowly the shapes began to progress.
When he discovered bamboo in 2014 and began using the wood material to produce boards, James knew he had found the answer. A board that was light, had an incredible amount of pop in the wood, and was extremely responsive in powder conditions. Knowing he was onto something, James continued to dial in the product and SnoPlanks was born.View full product details
In 2014, SnoPlanks Co-founder Ryan Holmes joined his great friend James in creating a ski/snowboard brand that was unlike anything else, with authenticity at it's core. Not fully satisfied in what the traditional ski/snowboard products offered when it came to exceptional powder riding, the SnoPlanks duo set out on a path to think differently, and build a brand of snow sliding products that provided the most optimal riding experience in the most ideal snow conditions, Powder!
Ryan was born and raised in Lakewood, WA, outside of Seattle, where he made the regular weekend commutes up to Crystal Mountain with his entire family for days of fun on the mountain. It was at an early age that Ryan's family started making annual winter trips to Bend, and that was where he fell in love with the slopes of Mount Bachelor. Mount Bachelor just offers so much in terms of terrain, and you can always find the perfect line or run regardless of the conditions or your mood.
It was in college at the University of San Diego where Ryan and James met freshman year, and have been great friends ever since. USD was also the place where Ryan met his wife Heidi. They have been married for 5 years, and have a little girl, Ainsley, and a baby boy on the way. Soon after getting married, Ryan and Heidi made the lifelong dream move to Bend. Bend just offers a quality of life unparalleled to anything else. It's a great place for family and outdoor fun, but also a great place to start a company like SnoPlanks.
The idea conceived on a blue bird, powder day at Bachelor was put into motion, and through incredible hard work, passion, love, and dedication, James, Ryan and a dedicated team have built SnoPlanks to what it is today, and intend on continuing to grow it for many years to come.View full product details
Will considers himself one of the lucky few to have grown up in Bend, OR and riding Mt. Bachelor. He says, “the people, terrain, and vibe is awesome and I wouldn't trade it for anything!” His luck continued when he was brought into the SnoPlanks family as an ambassador. Over the last couple years, he has become involved in the manufacturing side of the company, he states “getting to make a product that someone will have fun on is so rewarding!”
This season, Will is excited to explore new backcountry zones in Oregon and the Northwest as well as making laps on the new cloud chaser lift that is going in at Mt. Bachelor. If things line for Will, he is looking forward to checking out the Whistler backcountry this winter.View full product details
Forrest has been riding snowboards for over 26 years, currently lives in Bend, Oregon. He loves to snowboard, travel, skating, hike/explore, bike, camp, garden, and playing in the ocean and attempting to surf with his girl Ashley Thornton and his teenage daughter Guinevere. When he’s not playing outdoors, he stays busy blowing glass in a small but beautiful 4'/8' trailer that he hand built. Forrest has been making glass art for the last 19 years and absolutely loves it, especially in a trailer that he can enjoy at home or take on the road!
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This season, Forrest plans to ride as much untracked pow as possible while traveling around to new and old places around Oregon with the wagon in tow, exploring the backcountry, resorts and local hangouts promoting his art and snowboarding. Racing in the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker is high on the list for Forrest, but he’s waiting to see if he make it into a lottery slot, or see if he can win a spot by competing in some of the banked slalom races around the NW. The Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge is always is a great time and he plans on going back to the Holy Bowly put on by Crush and his amazing crew. All of this will be followed up with some more summer shred at Mt. Hood. Instagram @forrestdevore
Randal lives in Bend, OR with his wife Kiri and their labradoodle Riggins. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State University and works as the Youth Program Coordinator at the Athletic Club of Bend. Originally, Randals roots were planted in the northern panhandle of Idaho along side his parents and his three siblings. Growing up in Idaho ignited his love for snowboarding (and fly fishing) at a very young age and continues to influence many parts of his life as an adult. The stars aligned and is proud to call Mt. Bachelor his home.
This winter, Randal plans on continued contributions to Mt. Bachelor’s marketing efforts and promotional videos/ images. He will also be working with SnoPlanks and Pete Alport to create images and video from all around Oregon to share with people all over the globe. Randal plans on strapping in at every mountain in Oregon as well as in Japan at the end of February. He is looking forward to surfing the deep snow, eating the incredible food, and to spending time with his wife Kiri. You can find him on Instagram @randalseatonView full product details
Jonny was born In Grand Rapids, Michigan. Taught to ride on rope tows and icy slopes. Jonnys home resort is known by few as the one and only Pando. A little slice childhood paradise, the birthplace of his passion for making perfect turns and his unconditional love for snowboarding. Jonny enjoys ripping pow, carving smooth turns, and lapping the park, all the while with good friends!! His quiver consists of the 54 sno disc, the 50 hybrid fish, and of course his 60 splitty. Jonny now calls the trees and endless wind lips of Mt. Bachelor home. When he's not out perfecting turns on the fresh smooth Bachy corduroy, you can find him building kickers in the backcountry and earning his turns in the pristine Pacific Northwest mountains. When he's not ripping his sno planks at the local hill, you can catch him at ponderosa skate park or challenging himself on the local climbing boulders. On occasion you'll can catch him at the coast attempting to surf but really just trying not to drown.
Jonny plans to attend the all the local events and demos. His split board adventures this winter will consist of the Wallawas and the Steens of Oregon, Baker, Rainer and the North Cascades of Washington, Shasta of Cali, and a very special Montana spot.View full product details
Will Burks is an avid skier, mountaineer and photographer from Bend Oregon. Will competed in slopestyle and big air ski events until he was in his twenties when he switched his focus on to backcountry and big mountain. These days you can find him traveling around the NW with a snowmobile and travel trailer during the winter months, then shooting photos and rock climbing during the rest of the year. He would eventually like to own a cabin on a small property in the South American Andes, so he can then travel south for some new southern winter experiences!View full product details
What all began as a passion for winter sports since the age of 3 and after trying snowboarding for the first time in 1984, JDs destiny became a professional career for over 13 years. From the early days of sponsorship with the original Kemper team to many other sponsors over the years, his career was full of traveling the world competing at national and world cup tours, trade shows, filming, photo shoots and having the time of his life. Career highlights include: 13 years coaching at Mt. Hood, 2 x time Air & Style finalist, 2 x time X-Games Boardercross finalists, cover of 1994 Transworld photo annual, 3rd place Pro Masters Mt. Baker Banked Slalom and the inventor of the "Lien Dracula". After retiring in 2000 to pursue a K9 Entertainment career, JD always continued to live and breathe for every winter season on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor. JD says, “Old pro's never die, they just ride more powder…” and with a J.D. Platt SnoPlanks SnoBat Signature Series, "Lein Dracula" model under his feet, he is “the most stoked snowboarder on the planet!”.
JDs plans for this season are to ride lots of powder, help promote SnoPlanks at industry events, demo days and trade shows, compete in as many banked slaloms as possible, plenty of photo shoots & filming, help research and develop future SnoPlanks products, and of course, ride even more powder.View full product details
Brian grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and started skateboarding at age 11. When his mom proposed a family ski vacation shortly after, snowboarding seemed to be the obvious choice. His passion for snowboarding lead him to attend the University of Vermont to pursue a life closer to bigger mountains and more snow. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 2012, he once again followed his passion for snowboarding to Bend, where he could be even closer to even bigger mountains with even more snow! Once he realized he could take deep pow turns and skateboard all in the same day, Bend quickly became home. When not standing sideways, you can find Brian illustrating for a number of freelance clients or for his own business, BKZ|GRFX (www.bkzgrfx.com). Brian looks forward to being a part of the Snoplanks family and helping create the Gerry Lopez Street Surfers!View full product details
Charlie was born and raised in the backwoods of Montana. He grew up outside of Helena, and spent his days fishing, wakeboarding and roaming the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake. Winters were spent on the slopes of the small local hill, Great Divide, where he learned to snowboard almost 20 years ago. After going to school for engineering at Montana State University, Charlie moved to Boise, ID to experience life outside of Montana. Idaho couldn’t hold him for long as a few years later he moved to Bend to chase deeper pow and bigger trout. It was in Bend that he found my love for photography and splitboarding. Charlie considers himself lucky enough to call Bend his home for almost 7 years and has found his happy place whenever he’s in the backcountry with his camera in hand. Charlie works as an engineer for a research company when not stomping through the woods.
This winter, Charlie plans on pushing his splitboarding and photography to new heights by bagging new peaks and chasing storms across the PNW. He always makes a pilgrimage back to Montana to ride and he is also hoping to explore new terrain in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho where he received his AIARE I certification last year. Pray For Snow!View full product details
Elena is an outdoor enthusiast and photographer living in Bend, Oregon. Elena has several degrees in photography, digital multimedia, and most recently in radiology technology. When shes not working, you can usually find Elena outside, scrambling up (or sliding down) a mountain any time of the year! Hands down, she finds the most joy while skiing out in the snow covered mountains, whether it be in the back country or on resort. Elena is looking forward to helping develop a unique and one of a kind women's line for Snoplanks this winter.View full product details
JD grew up in Bend, OR riding Mt Bachelor and fell in love with snowboarding at a very young age thanks to his brother Will. Throughout high school, he focused mostly on the contest side of snowboarding, but slowly found out that riding new terrain and filming was what he was most passionate about. After a brief stint with the Burton Knowbuddy team, JD was asked to be apart of SnoPlanks and felt like he had finally landed at home.
This winter, JD will be residing in Everett, WA, where he plans to ride/film at Stevens Pass, Mt. Baker, Washington backcountry, and of course Mt Bachelor. Hopefully, he will be spending some time in Canada and if he’ lucky, Alaska. His biggest goals for this year are to split board as much as possible and constantly push himself out of his comfort zone. JD says “Snowboarding has done so much for me and has taught me so much about myself. To me it’s all about having fun with your friends while pushing yourself beyond your personal limitations.”View full product details
Elijah is an 11 year old snow stoked grom. Born in San Diego and raised in Oregon, Elijah has been snowboarding for 6 years and is starting to hit his stride. A student of all aspects of snowboarding, Elijah has been lucky enough to find the podium in a variety of different competitions. But while the competitions are fun, Elijah prefers freeriding the natural transition at Mt. Bachelor and his favorite thing is scoring deep blower pow on his grom sized Snoplank boards. When he's not snowboarding, Elijah gets straight A's at school and spends his free time skateboarding, surfing, drawing, training jiu jitsu, playing soccer and running cross county and track.
This winter Elijah expects that it will snow more than ever before and he intends to shred everything and anything. From park to pipe to freeriding to before school dawn patrol pow missions with his dad, Elijah is ready to attack it all. He's looking forward to a variety of competitions including the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge, and he's hoping for a lottery spot in the Legendary Banked Slalom. Additionally he's planning to explore snow zones in different states, hit a few urban handrails, and push further off of the resorts to learn as much as he can about the backcountry and splitboarding.
Check out Elijah on Instagram @elijahkpyle
Born in Spokane, Washington Coggin moved to Bend, Oregon in 2002 and starting instructing at Mt. Bachelor. Coaching came natural to him and the next season he was brought on by the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF). He has spent the past 14 years passing on his passion for being in the mountains to the youth of Central Oregon. As director of the MBSEF Freeride program, Coggin has guided athletes to the US Snowboarding and Freesking Rookie Teams. He currently serves as the PNW Rep for both the USSA Snowboarding and Freesking Sport Committees and as the USASA NW Coach Clinician.
His current winter plans are to shred as much pow as possible and spend any free time splitboarding. His list of potential backcountry zones for this next winter include Mt. Bailey, Diamond Peak Wilderness, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and hopefully a trip to the Wallowas.View full product details
Lane is a 33 year-old Bend Oregon native with a passion for photography and outdoor recreation. His imagery is a fusion of dramatic landscapes, alternative sports, and outdoor lifestyle. He has been behind the lens, as a hobbyist, since the tail end of the 35mm film era and is now in the exploratory stages of making a career out of digital photography.
Lane's passion for photography stems from a life-long connection with nature. His mission is to keep the stoke for outdoor exploration alive, and to bring feeling and mood to his viewers and clients. His plans for 2016/17 include a fall trip to Jamaica, a mid-winter surf trip to Central America, and lots of backcountry missions in Central and Eastern Oregon. Lane's biggest inspiration in photography is his closest friend and nationally known surf photographer, Mark McInnis. For an up-to-date look at what's happening on the other side of his lens, find Lane on Instagram, @lanejpearson.View full product details
Andy Tullis lives in Bend Oregon and enjoys skating and snowboarding, while exploring the mountains and bowls. When he started riding boards in 1984, he also picked up his dad’s camera and began recording special moments when his friends were shredding. He quickly fell in love with the relationship between riding and photography. He realized early on that there was something special about riding powder lines and launching off wind lips with a varied crew of friends at Mount Bachelor. That's where he met SnoPlanks co-owner and board designer, James Nicol, while he was testing one of his early prototypes. It was a deep stormy pow day at the mountain. Over time, they became friends and Andy began helping James to develop a longboard design that would ride great anywhere. On both concrete and snow he is taking SnoPlanks designs and fine tuning them through riding and feedback. With a great crew of riders blended together to design, build and ride SnoPlanks boards, Andy looks forward to what the future will bring.
This winter, Andy plans on many early morning pow missions, riding primarily at Mt. Bachelor. He also has a few indoor skate ramp options available in the area, so skating is always an option even in the winter months. Trips to Mt. Hood and Mt. Baker are in works for Andy, which he is super stoked about. For the most part though, you will find Andy chasing pow and riding with his family and friends! Find Andy on Instagram @andy.tullisView full product details
Jim grew up in Portland, Oregon and therefore spent a lot of time on Mt Hood. Since growing up there, he has been humbled by the Rockies in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and now calls Bend, Oregon his home (since 2007). Jim frequently splits his time between riding chairlifts, and earning turns in the side-country with his dogs while producing media and content for several companies.
Jim works as the Brand Manager for BlackStrap Industries which takes him across the US every year. While traveling, he gets to enjoy some pretty amazing experiences with some even more amazing individuals. This year he is most excited to check off a couple bucket list resorts and locales while continuing to spread the word about life in the snow on a Snoplank. Find Jim on Instagram @jimsancoView full product details
My name is Kate Ediger and I am from Revelstoke BC, Canada. To me snowboarding isn't just a sport. Its my entire life. Learning to flow, change , be challenged and to progress in the mountains and on my snowboard. It's not only my career as a snowboard guide at a cat skiing operation but a complete way of life. Entering into that flow state of mind creates a way of life that is simpler and so intune with what matters. It helps us bond and connect together with others who also experience such a state. There is nothing comparable to floating down powder snow feeling weightless and free. the beautiful places my feet have taken me, the insane places my eyes have seen , the friendships I've made, the smiles I've had, the clarity, the calmness and the incredible life changing moments have all been in the mountains or in the surf. contentment and pure joy is the only way to describe it! I feel so honoured to ride behind a company that not only gets this as a way of life but the stoke is alive in every grain of wood on every product they make!View full product details
Nora, 19 years young from good ol' wine country of Virginia. I grabbed a snowboard at 7 and rode little dirt hills with snowguns in Pennsylvania for ten years until I came out to Bend last year. I'm a barista downtown at Lone Pine, and want to start roasting coffee as a side job to support myself. This season I'm just stoked to explore Mt. Bachelor more and hopefully spend some time in Salt Lake and Tahoe for some TransAms and party boarding.View full product details
Born in Philly and raised outside Chicago, "Tap" bolted for the mountains as soon as he left college, soaking up deep mountain culture in Telluride, Salt Lake and Big Sky before dropping into a professional career in the Bay Area, where he met his wife Anouk. But the mountains were always on the horizon and 2003 saw Jon and family make Bend their home.
Bend’s snowsurfing culture has been a constant source of inspiration...from the Dirksen Derby to the Big Wave Challenge, deep days on the backside and early mornings on the Cone, Tap’s always around shooting and capturing those moments that define our passion. His love for mountain culture also drove him to help found the Central Oregon Avalanche Association (www.coavalanche.org), where he still serves on the Board of Directors. Jon works in Bend for Oregon Media.
When the snow’s not flying, you can find Jon taking in float trips and music festivals in search of chrome fish and good times with his wife and two kids.View full product details
NAME: Matty Pilger
AGE: 34 years young
HOME: Issaquah, WA (Born in Wisconsin)
YEARS RIDING: Started riding 1990
MOUNTAIN: The Summit at Snoqualmie
OCCUPATION: Turf Management
PASSIONS: Snowboarding, Golf, Fly Fishing
SEASON GOALS: For this year they would be exploring new terrain in my new home and getting on a splitboard more!!!View full product details
Marcus Avila has two happy places… the mountains and the ocean. He lives in San Clemente, California and owns two restaurants in Orange Country, which give him the ability to make midweek surgical strikes to Mammoth with his family during the winter, and score surf year round. He follows the swell and the powder, and his heart is in both sports even on the “off days”. When the waves are small, he is often seen sharing waves with his wife and 4-year-old twin boys. When the powder is tracked up he chases his boys up and down the bunny hill with his wife. His goals are to: stay stoked, work hard, play hard, and enjoy life to the fullest.
This season is looking promising for Marcus as long as the snows gods are nice to him. He has hopes for multiple powder days in Mammoth along with a trip to Telluride in March followed by a BC Heli trip. It’s looking to be an epic year to be on a Snoplank for Marcus. Find Marcus on Instagram @marcus avilaView full product details
Marshall is a 26 year old, who was raised in Durango, Colorado and has been living in Bend Oregon since 2012. He is a snowcat operator, working at Mt Bachelor during the winter months and Mt Hood for most of the summer. Chasing snow year round never seems to get old and Oregon is a perfect place to do so and work with like minded people. Over the past 4 years, Marshall has had the pleasure of witnessing and experiencing first hand the evolution of SnoPlanks and is pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail in every board.
Marshalls winter plans include finding the perfect balance between his work (building super sweet terrain parks at Mt Bachelor) and skiing as much deep snow as possible.View full product details
Sam Morse is a professional digital content writer and multimedia journalist with over five years of experience in blog writing, culture writing, AP copy editing, SEO and social media marketing. He is a passionate snowboarder and adventurer and currently resides in Jackson Hole, WY.View full product details