It’s very easy to draw parallels between the late, great Mr Craig Kelly and Mr Blauvelt. Both set their sights on the contest scene from an early age before sacking it in at the height of their competitive powers to go explore the backcountry. Craig may no longer be with us, but Jake has the makings of a worthy successor.
Originally signed to Forum at 16, Jake moved to Mammoth to cement his reputation – and by winning the Burton US Open in 2004, did just that. His all-backcountry part in Forum’s 2006 release That gave us a taste of things to come, and soon he was 100% commited to chasing the powder.
Now on Ride Snowboards and living near Mt Baker, he’s done more than most to get the cameras into the backcountry. His web series Naturally and Blauvelt’s Backcountry let the way, before a full-length Naturally film dropped jaws in 2013. Elsewhere he’s popped up in The Art Of Flight and Pat Moore’s Blueprint series – in other words, no powder movie is complete without an appearance from Jake.