Is our thirst for adventure threatening our environment? As global weather systems continue to shift, skiers, snowboarders and ski areas acknowledge their impact on the environment that they are trying to preserve. What steps can we take to ensure the same opportunities are there for the next generation of mountain lovers? Marie-France Roy expresses her
To celebrate another successful winter and 20 years of Arbor, we arranged for a team surf trip to a non-disclosed location to surf (and get pummeled by) uncrowded waves, kick back some cold ones, and reminisce over stories from the winter months.
Snowboard Magazine has just released an artful and compelling documentary on the life of Marie-France Roy. From her self-built cob house in the forest of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Marie speaks on her spiritual and humanistic approach to life, snowboarding, and sustainability.
It was a fine November night in Venice Beach, California. As the sun set, a few casual waves casually crashed upon the casual California sand and a casual group of snowboarding enthusiasts casually descended upon the overwhelmingly casual atmosphere of the Immersion Issue Release Party hosted by none other than the causal connoisseurs of ceremony, Arbor Snowboards.
Marie-France Roy has it made. Right now she’s holed up in a little cabin just outside the fishing village of Ucluelet on the western edge of Vancouver Island. It’s a fantasy forest. Sasquatch country.
Snowboarding has the potential to give us access to the natural world in ways that many other activities can’t. A backcountry expedition is the pinnacle of this, but you don’t have to climb a remote mountain to realize how special the environment is that we ride in. It is something worth preserving.
As snowboarders we’re on the front lines of climate change, witnessing the affects on winter and the environment first-hand.
Marie-France Roy has been pushing the limits of women’s backcountry freeriding and freestyle for years.
Stance: Regular | 22 | 18°, -18°
HOME MOUNTAIN: Whistler/Blackcomb, BC
Marie-France Roy has been pushing the limits of women’s backcountry freeriding and freestyle for years. With standout video parts in a plethora of influential snowboard films, Marie has solidified her spot among the most accomplished female riders in the field. She has been on top of the game for years and shows no signs of stopping. This past season Marie was awarded the title of Women’s Rider of the Year and Women’s Video Part of the Year at the 2015 Transworld Readers Poll Awards. These accolades mark the second time she has received these titles.
Both on and off the hill, Marie’s synergies with Arbor are undeniable. Beyond her riding accomplishments, Marie is also one of the most influential advocates for sustainability and environmentalism in action sports. In 2014, Marie produced the award winning film “The Little Things”, a movie project based on environmentally conscious riders who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of thinking and living. The movie has received tremendous praise and led to Marie receiving the Climate Activist Award Presented by Protect Our Winters.
During the winter, Marie lives in Whistler, BC where she has easy access to some of the world’s best backcountry terrain. The summer months bring Marie to her eco-friendly home on Vancouver Island. She built the house with the help of her brother Alex and a community of friends. Constructed from natural and recycled materials, Marie’s summerhouse is just one of the “little things” that she does to live sustainably and in balance with our environment.
Since 1995 Arbor has pioneered the use of sustainable materials in our snowboard production. When we look to the future, we cannot think of a better partner than someone with the ethos, passion, and experience of Marie-France Roy.
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