Jake represents a new breed of young guns, raised in blue-ribbon backcountry zones who are quietly keeping sound skiing alive in a time of afterbangs and detuned jib skis. Jake’s 18 now and a senior at Revelstoke Secondary School. In between classes (and sometimes while he’s supposed to be sitting in them), Jake skis about 70 days a year, mostly around the province, competing and filming with his friends. We asked him a few questions in the wake of his botched surprise.
Backcountry Magazine: So you were supposed to be surprised in class with the cover shot. Instead you skipped class to go for a tour. We hope it was a sick one. Where’d you go and how was it?
Jake Teuton: My bad! I went to “The Gorge,” a super rad spot for early season trees and deep powder. It was the deepest early season day I’ve had in November, so it was a wicked day, but I probably should have stayed in school. My dad was pissed because he was out of town, and I told him I had no classes in the afternoon. He helps me so much and wants the best for me, so I felt terrible. But it was a learning experience, so he understood and wasn’t too angry. I also managed to escape detention! Big thanks to my parents—they are beyond rad and help me so much.
BCM: Why skiing? What about it appeals to you?
JT: The ability to go and do what you want. Powder days with the homies, competitions, shooting, pretty much every aspect of skiing appeals to me and is the reason why I love it so much.
BCM: How many days a year are you skiing and where?
JT: Seventy, give or take. Mostly at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, backcountry around the Revelstoke area and the good resorts around B.C. for Junior Freeski Compeitions.
BCM: What have you learned about safety in the backcountry and which bc safety tips would you like other guys your age to remember?
JT: I have my AST 1, but have learned lots from skiing with smarter, older people and spending time in the backcountry. My biggest tip would be take avalanche courses, be prepared and make good decisions.
BCM: Who do you look up to in life, be it a skier or otherwise?
JT: I really looked up to the late Patrick Orton, a very good friend of mine from Sandpoint, Idaho. I met him four years ago in Revelstoke. He passed away this last July and left the world much too early. He’s one of the best photographers I’ve had the pleasure to work with and an all around amazing guy. He worked so hard for what he had and enjoyed every moment of life, which I try to do everyday for him.
Subscribers got a limited-edition, no-coverlines copy. You can still buy one here, or check out the alternative cover on newsstands, December 3.
Click here to subscribe.