Snowboarding — will it ever catch on? |

Snowboarding — will it ever catch on?

In 1985 the question floating around was “To skiboard or not to skiboard?” The issue was thrown around in The Aspen Times. “On the one hand are scowling insurance companies;” stated the article, “on the other, eager enthusiasts of a potentially popular winter sport. In the middle are the local ski areas, scratching their heads and puzzling over the situation, not unlike Robert Young in Father Knows Best when one of the kids brings home a stray puppy — ‘Kin we keep him, daddy? Huh, kin we keep him?’ Nobody seems to know what to make of skiboards, but all of a sudden local ski areas are realizing it’s time they came up with a position. Skiboard supporters say the gadgets are the most viable alternative to alpine skiing since three-pins, and this season they’ve launched a deliberate, intelligent publicity campaign to get them sanctioned on Aspen area slopes. Not to be confused with monoskis, which have standard bindings mounted parallel to the ski, skiboards (or snowboards) have only straps for bindings and they’re ridden sideways — like a surfboard….” That year Highlands, which had been the only mountain to allow snowboarding, had to ban them due to insurance issues. In following years Buttermilk and Snowmass started with demonstrations, then started offering lessons. It wasn’t until the spring of 2001 that Aspen finally allowed snowboards.


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