Ski resorts that allow snowboarding, the history of snowboarding, and resorts
that still ban snowboards
Visit any ski and snowboard resort and you will see anywhere from 10-40%
snowboarders versus skiers, though snowboarding is on the decline. Snowboarding is welcome at all but three US ski
resorts. The three US ski areas that do not allow snowboards are
Alta and Deer
Valley in Utah, Mad River Glen in Vermont. These three ski resorts have
continued their ban of snowboards, while Taos Ski resort in New Mexico lifted
their ban on snowboarding in 2009. In 2014 snowboarders sued Alta for
discriminating on US Forest Service land, but that lawsuit has yet to go to
court, riders are still banned at this revered skier sonly area. The rest of the luxury ski destinations
mentioned on our site welcome snowboarders.
skiers thought three decades ago, snowboarding is here to stay, even though
there has been a recent decline in its popularity. The one plank
snow surfing phenomenon brought new life, primarily young men statistically,
to the sport of “skiing.” One of the advantages of snowboarding is a shorter
learning curve than skiing, according to professional ski and snowboardinstructors and experts, but those first days learning to snowboard can
be painful as both feet are strapped to the board and there is no way to brace
for your fall except with your butt or wrists, a common resulting injury.
Interesting fact, Tom Sims created the first snow board in
1963 called a skiboard. Sherman Popper later came up the first snurfer in 1965
which include a rope handle. So while everyone thinks Jake Burton Carpenter
invented the first snowboard, there were predecessors. But Burton’s first
snowboard design was fiberglass, and built to last back in 1979.
Jake Burton learned to snowboard on his prototype board at
Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, then he launched production of his Vermont
made Burton snowboards. Burton’s marketing plan, and Burton mission statement of
“Rider Owned... Rider Driven” backed by his quality snowboard design were
genius. Now there are over 30 snowboard companies, but Burton still leads the
pack in product development of “the best snowboard equipment in the world”
dominating snowboard sales with his “We dream it, we make it, we break it, we
fix it” philosophy.
Snowboarding continues to push the limits of the perhaps
conservative ski industry, from an uprising of terrain parks, half pipes and
jumps at ski resort, to a cultural
clothing shift from conservative well fitting ski clothes to baggy street
inspired snowboard pants with gangster belts and hoodie jackets with graffiti graphics.
Snowboarding halfpipe and racing were allowed into the 1998
Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and snowboard cross arrived in 2006 with Maine's Seth
Wescott winning the first winter Olympic Gold in the venue. Ironically snowboard
cross preceded skier cross which debuted in the Vancouver Winter Olympics in
Skiing has a long Olympic history dating back to 1924 when
Nordic skiing was first offered in the Winter Games. In 1936 Alpine skiing
debuted with racing which grew in disciplines over the decades, later joined by
freestyle moguls in '92 and aerials in '94. Slopestyle snowboarding and skiing, halfpipe skiing and Nordic Women’s
jumping finally became Olympic events in Sochi Russia in 2014.