Weekly Round Up: Jan. 16 – 21

Weekly Round Up is a collection of photos from the week that provide a glimpse of the current state of snowboarding.

Fromage wedge.

Jordan Mendenhall puts the finishing touches on a jump at Avoriaz in the French Alps. A heavy session followed. The crew wrapped up as the sun went down and hoofed their way back out to the village for biers and fromage... Fast times in France with Videograss! PHOTO: AARON BLATT

Cold enough to make your boogers freeze.

The US team was at Breckenridge this week doing some early morning laps. Riding in minus 20-degree temperatures was a test of both the riders and photographer Darcy Bacha's equipment, but with a park that looks like it was chiseled out of a video game it's easy to see why the US team and half the pro's in the country flock here every winter to train for upcoming competitions. Spencer Link warms up in the early sun. PHOTO: DARCY BACHA

Proud father.

If you ever wondered what happened to ex-pro and Wildcat, JF Pelchat, well, he's been working on a new binding project called Now over the last couple of years. Why are the bindings a big deal? According to JF, they're designed to be ridden with or without highbacks, thanks to Now's Flush Cup technology. He also claims that the binding Hanger reduces foot pain and increases edge-to-edge energy transfer, while the customizable bushing system absorbs chatter and bumps. Here, JF shows off his new babies at the KnowShow in Vancouver, BC. PHOTO: SCOTT SERFAS

Eat water!

Japan is straight getting hammered by snowstorms this winter so needing footy for the new Nike movie Austin Smith, Danny Kass, and E-Jack bolted for the goods. "This was our first day in Niseko," says photographer Andy Wright. "We had gone to the resort and tried to ride but high winds closed down the lifts so we went for a hike in the woods. I was holding up the rear and came up on Austin resting after breaking trail. We ended up finding a small natural pillow jump over a tree branch before calling an end to our first day of riding." PHOTO: ANDY WRIGHT

Sherbrooke or bust.

What, you haven't heard of Sherbrooke? Well drop a pin on this town—it's part of Quebec's urban shred mecca. Last week Aaron Biittner and Torstein Horgmo hooked Canadian DC riders Jody Wachniak and Quebec loc Anto Chamberlain to check it out for themselves while filming for the new DC movie. Biitner about to stack some clips. PHOTO: ASHLEY BARKER