This past Thursday, December 8th, the grand opening of the Colorado Snowboard Archive went down at the Ski & Snowboard Museum in Vail. Snowboard Colorado was there to share in all the fun. Pros and industry leaders came from all over to look back at what the sport used to be and celebrated on how far it has come today. Founder, Trent Bush and co-founders, David Alden and Kurt Olesek did an amazing job of putting together a wide range of snowboarding trends and relics that gave a legitimate view of where snowboarding has been over the last 80 years.
Highlights of the exhibit include the Burgeson & Wickland "Sno-Surf" from 1938, Tom Sims' first handcrafted snowboard, a Jake Burton fiberglass prototype from 1977, a hand painted Chris Pappas Sims board, the first ever set of "hibaks" from Jeff Grell's and a plethora of old pro models and competition posters.
From 1938 until the late 70's very little had been done to take the "Sno-Surf" and make it into what we know as a snowboard today. So, it is mind blowing to think about how much progression has occurred in such a short time. This is just more evidence of how much our community is growing and a testament to the passion that the members of our community have. Can't stop, won't stop.