Written by Alyssa Belanger, editorial intern
Jeremy Jones has conquered the slopes as a snowboarding superstar, and now he’s set his sights on the environment. He created Protect Our Winters (POW), an organization bringing awareness to climate change issues that impact a wide variety of industries that rely on the cooler climates of mountainous communities—from snowboarding to wineries like Alamos Wines, which he also supports.
In his new movie Further, set to release next year, Jeremy and his team takes viewers along as he explores some of the world’s most beautiful and extreme terrain in the Arctic Circle, Japan, the High Sierra and the Pickett Range. Jeremy’s body and mind were forced to face some of nature’s most unimaginable tests during this journey.
Jeremy gave me the scoop on POW, his film and his fitness secrets.
Why did you start Protect Our Winters?
I started POW in 2007 after seeing a change in the climate. I have traveled the world and spent my life in the mountains, so when I started seeing a change I felt like as someone in the heart of the snowboarding industry I needed to do something. I felt that the whole industry needed to come together and rally around the issue.
When did you start training for your excursions in your movie Further?
It’s funny, I have been snowboarding for 25 years and it has been an ongoing progression with snowboarding and fitness. Fitness is a lifestyle that you choose, and hopefully, you’re always building and evolving as both an athlete and human being.
Outside of boarding and hiking, what else do you do to exercise?
I try to find stuff that I am excited about so that it doesn’t feel like a workout. In the summer, I enjoy things like rock climbing, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding or even just using my town bike to run errands.