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SnowboardingThe second fastest growing sport, snowboarding has developed over the past half century from makeshift, backyard discoveries to the Olympics. Now secure in its own place among the worlds of surfing, skateboarding, snurfing and skiing, snowboarding is recognized worldwide as a prominent winter sport.

It is hard to say exactly when snowboarding first began, but its roots have been traced as far back as the 1920s. Children rode barrel staves down snowy hills, sideways. In the 1960s, snurfing began in the backyard of a young girl whose father strapped two skis together so that she could “surf” down their snow covered hill.

Vermont is the state that encouraged and fostered the sport of snowboarding most noticeably. In the late 1970s, Vermont established the first snowboarding competitions: the National Races at Suicide Six, in Pomfret, Vt. The first renowned snowboard competition was the U.S. Open held at magic Mountain. Today, the U.S. Open is probably the most well-known snowboarding compeition, and is held at Stratton Mountain Resort.

The first trail in a ski resort was also developed in Vermont. The first Snowboard Park was opened in the early 1980s at the tiny Sonnenburg Ski hill. The resort gave snowboarding enthusiasts free reign of a trail on which to build jumps with hay bails and picnic tables. It is hard to believe, but at that time few ski areas allowed snowboarding, and so this allotment of a specific Snowboard Park was a breaking movement in the sports history.

In the 1998 Olympics at Nagano, Japan, Vermont snowboarding competitors were prevalent in the games. And today Vermont remains the home of Burton Snowboards, a manufacturer that sells more than two-thirds of any other snowboarding company in the world. Anyone familiar with snowboarding equipment, knows the reputation of this company.

If you are trying snowboarding for the first time, keep in mind these helpful hints:

  • Wear your general ski clothing. Waterproof pants and gloves are a necessity.
  • Stretch your legs, back and arms before you start.
  • Always take a few lessons from a qualified instructor, or at least an experienced snowboarder that you know and trust. Ask them to ride with you and show you the basics.
  • Set small goals. Make one turn at a time—it will help build your confidence.


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