“[The Alaskan backcountry] is like a whole new level; it’s like getting to that next level in a video game.” – Pat Moore
In episode 9 of Pat Moore’s Blueprint 2, Pat and John Jackson bring Bend, Oregon upstart Ben Ferguson to the great white north for his first trip into the AK backcountry. Ferg, who talents on transition and affinity for park jumping have been turning more and more heads the past few seasons, adapts naturally to the AK terrain. Watching the footage in Blueprint, it’s really hard to believe that Ferg was an AK rookie prior to this trip. When an opportunity for a massive hip presents itself, Ferg guinea pigs the jump with a switch back one method, proper as hell, to kick off the session with John J. and Pat. All in all, the three shut down the season in AK with gnarly lines and beautiful riding in one of our favorite Blueprints to date.
From Red Bull:
After scoring all time conditions in Valdez, Alaska, Pat rips to the northern end of the Chugatch range for one last heli mission before calling it a season. Pat calls long time friend John Jackson to help lead the way as they show one of snowboarding’s most exciting young talents, Ben Ferguson, the ropes of filming in AK. Ben’s natural talent and fearless approach shown in contests proves to be a perfect combination for the Alaskan backcountry and the massive hip that awaits. Ben stokes the fire and sets off the final session of the year by opening up their mega backcountry hip jump with a laid out switch backside 180 method. Needless to say the boys answer back and close out the season with tricks in the bag and smiles on their faces.
Read the full Pat Moore’s Blueprint 2 Episode 9: An Alaskan Ender article on Snowboarder Magazine.