"I guess I am drawn to the ones that are doing it their own way. This guy wrote the book on how to create your own destiny by unapologetically exploring off into the areas and the things that drive him to continue to push past limitations, which in turn helps us do the same in our own lives. Jeremy also co-founded POW with Chris Steinkamp which has been a big part of my life for the past few years, so Jeremy has inspired me to go deeper, further and higher on my snowboard and in my life." - Gretchen Bleiler
"He set the standard high, and is probably pretty satisfied with what he's done." - John Jackson
"I’m pretty sure I have voted for Jeremy at least 12 of the last 15 years that this Rider of the Year thing has been going on. What an absolute animal! Higher was the sickest thing I have ever seen on a snowboard, hands down. Freaking Billygoat Gruff does it again. The descent of The Grand in Wyoming is something that I always stared at out there, never really thinking it was possible in good conditions. I was wrong! Not being content with just going out and riding helicopters around and being a badass, Jeremy has an idea and acts on it. Inspiring, amigo!" - Kevin Jones
If we’re taking into consideration all of his Big Mountain Rider of the Year awards, Jeremy Jones very well may be the winningest snowboarder in this list’s history, and last winter, Jeremy cemented himself as one of the greatest of all-time as our #7 Rider of the Year as well as notching another Big Mountain ROTY award. A one-time Olympic racing hopeful, Jeremy hung up the hardboots in search of the high alpine and shortly thereafter, he stormed the scene by shussing AK chutes and steeps that even the most seasoned big mountain pro wouldn’t step to. Since then, Jeremy has revolutionized that genre of our sport and with his last three films, "Deeper", "Further" and "Higher", he’s created a trilogy that transcends snowboarding. By ditching helicopters and other forms of motorized transport in the backcountry, Jones is not only pushing the limits of what he can ride but he’s also putting his body to the test in terms of what he can climb. For Jeremy, this isn’t a fair weather hobby, but rather a passion and that’s evident every time he straps in. It’s also something that two-time Rider of the year John Jackson recognizes. “Jeremy's dedication is beyond and it’s really inspiring to see someone chase their passion to the limits. He puts a lot on the line, but has balanced his goals against risks well and done it successfully. I love seeing what he's done and how he's done it through such a fragile path. Watching his movie is like being in class for me and it really makes me want to go on a trip with him to learn more.” While Jeremy’s style of riding seems to suit someone like John Jackson, it also speaks to other elites who have never ridden the type of terrain that he has. For example, take Icelandic icon and the sage of last year’s release "Sexual Snowboarding", Halldór Helgason, who gave Jeremy one of dozens of votes for Big Mountain Rider of the Year. “I can’t even relate to these things that he does. So insane to watch.” But it’s not just Jeremy’s on hill exploits that are helping to shape snowboarding’s future positively. When Jeremy’s unstrapped, he is one of our sport’s biggest climate change advocates and a co-founder of Protect Our Winters, a non-profit organization hellbent on raising awareness about global warming. Plainly put, Jeremy is one of the most influential snowboarders in history and so long as he keeps his current pace, he’s going to continue to positively affect riding down a slope sideways, one step at a time.