John Jackson has long been one of the preeminent forces in backcountry snowboarding, but after a few seasons fraught with injury, 2015 has been the year for this Jackson brother to get back in the saddle in the massive mountains he is so comfortable in. While injuries are unfortunately commonplace at this high level of performance, the challenges of bouncing back once recovered are never easy.

Earlier this winter, the Blueprint crew headed to Switzerland with John and Jake Welch to stack clips in the Alps. In between dropping in, John shares his thoughts on both the mental and physical recovery he has been through.

From Red Bull:

For this episode, Pat was busy with prior obligations in Jackson. In his absence, he turned the controls over to Jake Welch who joined up with John Jackson for a trip to Europe. This year is Jackson's first season back after two winters sidelined by injuries. Definitely a redemption year for the former award-winning, standard-setting freestyle powerhouse. John shares thoughts on his mental & physical recovery as he & Jake hunt for powder in Switzerland with Kurt Heine, one of snowboarding's most experienced filmmakers. John J is hyped to be back on snow and feeling strong so the crew turns lemons into lemonade and laugh their way through tough snow conditions as John bags his first airtime in years.