Colorado Snowboard Archive Grand Opening

08 Dec, 2011

Colorado has played a pivotal role in snowboarding. There is so much history of snowboard production, riding and resorts in this area that it was only a matter of time before it was collected and shown to the masses. Thanks to Trent Bush, David Allen and Kurt Olesek there is finally a place in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum for the history of snowboarding. Tonight was the Grand Opening at the museum in Vail and well worth a seven hour drive from Utah to make it in time for the gathering of friends, industry and media to see a private glimpse.

Upon arrival, the snowboard portion was packed with people. The amazement of the progressiong of snowboarding and the history told in words and photos. Local brands like Twist, Solid, Never Summer and many more were shown on the walls with first productions.

Local athletes were present to share the moment. Riders Ryan Cruze and Chad Otterstrom waiting to walk through.

Snow toys and what sparked the beginning of snowboarding

My personal favorite was seeing Tom Sims first hand built snowboard

Built from scratch

Mark from Flow getting all crazy eyed on the gear

Burton Backhill

Never Summer’s history in Colorado was clear with a showcase of their first production board and the 20th anniversary model. Owner Tracey Canaday showing his skills on camera with the photo.

Snowboard bindings have also changed over time. Imagine riding in these to get down the mountain. Now we have our pick of flex, response, manuevability from hundreds of options.

Pro Snowboarder Todd Richards was on hand to check out the museum

An assortment of letters to and from Ski Resorts about snowboarding

Letter from Breckenridge in 1985 to allow snowboarding

The crowd mingling on the ski side of the museum where you had more room to move about

Trent Bush started Twist with his brother and you can see his work in the museum

Snowboards on display still have the original stickers from the owners

Towards the end of the snowboard side was a small section on the women’s snowboarding history. It’ll be rad to see where this goes in the future and the impact of riders like Shannon Dunn (my personal role model) on women’s snowboarding in Colorado.

What a great way to start the Colorado trip. If you happen to be in Vail, Colorado or driving through I-70, stop off the highway and experience the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. You’ll get to see the progression of snowboarding through gear, riders and an assortment of Colorado legends.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. December 09, 2011

    Great review and pictures. Wish i was there. Were Tom Sims and Jake Burton there?

  2. gags
    December 12, 2011

    fun night Shay! it was great to see you.