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Aspen History: ‘Hanging 10 the Hard Way’

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One b/w photograph of an airborne snowboarder who was participating in a snowboard exhibition at Buttermilk, 1986. The photo is in the February 20, 1986 Aspen Times, p. 1C.

John Colson described the emerging sport of snowboarding in the February 20, 1986 edition of the Aspen Times, writing “Hanging ten the hard way, above a steep slope of gritty ice, snowboarders from around the area went over a small jump at an exhibition Sunday at Buttermilk Mountain. Standing in a surfer’s stance, (as opposed to a mono-ski, on which the feet are locked in a traditional parallel position) the ‘boarders bend and lean from the knee to turn one way or another. There is also a unique event known as the ‘half-pipe’, which takes place in a 30-foot-wide trough of snow that stretches for a hundred yards or so. In the half-pipe, ‘boarders swing from side to side and up onto the walls of the trough, similar to skateboarding exhibitions.” The image above shows a snowboarder who was participating in the snowboard exhibition at Buttermilk, 1986. (Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Times Collection)