Born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jones grew up skiing with his family in Stowe, Vermont. He started snowboarding in 1984, and went to high school at attended Carrabassett Valley Academy in Carrabassett, Maine, and began racing.
After a successful racing career, he began freeriding, mainly in the mountains of Alaska. As a perennial star in ski movies produced by his brothers Steve and Todd Jones, founders of Teton Gravity Research (TGR), Jones shot to notoriety for his daring descents.
In 2014, he was nominated for National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year.
In 2007 Jones founded Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the global warming crisis by uniting the winter sports community. As part of his commitment to the environment, he foregoes the use of helicopters and lifts, opting instead to hike as his sole means of transportation on the slopes.
In 2009, Jones left his longtime sponsor, Rossignol, and launched his own snowboard company, Jones Snowboards, focusing on making boards designed for the backcountry, or splitboards, which can be separated into two ski-like boards and affixed with skins for climbing. In a short time, he has amassed a significant market share of the category.
Jones has starred in many ski films, most notably his award winner trilogy Deeper, Further, and Higher, produced by TGR.