Mates In Alaska Haines, Alaska is the gateway to ride the best big mountains in the world. It is considered the ultimate destination for back country snowboarders. In April 2013 I accompanied two experienced New Zealand snowboarders, Jake Koia and Roland Morley-Brown to document an adventure for Red Bull, a trip they had dreamed of for years. In their home country, New Zealand, they have ridden some of the best and biggest terrain on offer. But in Alaska the mountains are bigger, much bigger. The avalanche risk is extreme and many lives have been lost. Thoroughly briefed on the snowpack, and with all the available safety equipment, Jake and Roland experienced some of the best days of riding in their lives in some of the most challenging terrain they have ever ridden. Those days were perfect - the weather, the snow, the crew, the zone and the vibe.