Ryan Van Lanen picked up his first snowboard in the late-‘80s, and immediately began riding all over the I-70 corridor. Born and raised in Lakewood, Colo., Ryan spent most of his high school years at Vail. By the early 2000s, attention turned to Steamboat, then Crested Butte for a handful of seasons.
These days, Ryan’s winters are spent in Jackson Hole — learning to love the sport more each year and racking up numerous 100-plus day seasons.
Ryan rode the pro circuit for five-plus years, part of the Option Snowboards team from the late-‘90s to early 2000s. A master of the pipe, it wasn’t long before Ryan’s focus turned to backcountry filming. Today, Ryan continues to be sponsored by DaKine, Avalon 7, Illuminati Snowboards, Storm Snow Studios and Cold Smoke Splitboards.
Ryan acquired his first splitboard a decade ago, but anticipates backcountry riding on his split to account for the bulk of his turns from here forward. When he’s not snowboarding, he works as a fishing guide in Colorado — making his summer home at the tiny angling community of Sapinero, west of Gunnison — and serving as a big game hunting guide in New Mexico during the fall.
The younger brother of Jaime Van Lanen, Ryan cut his teeth in the backcountry amid mountains west of Denver at a young age.