The history of winter snowboarding and skiing has a great deal to tell about the place or countries where it came from and the challenges it faced in the early stages of what has now become a very popular winter pass time.
Snowboarding traces it’s roots to the Hawaiian Islands in the late 60’s, with people trying to make travel easier in the snow by Source says “they were keen to distance themselves from the overcrowded beaches, fast food restaurants and busy streets of the tourists paradise” noting that the “minute they arrived they saw for themselves just how rough it was. The true spirit of winter camping was revealed.”
Well, the pioneers stayed on their Trail for nine days before Mother Nature intervened and the team had to return home because it was too hot. But they did not return for another nine years, instead they moved on to Oregon, which needed a new area in which to live as it had become too dry and too hot. This move brought them back to newspapers, which carried the stories of the tourists who had not only been delving into the snow of the Oregon, but who had also found the other attraction of the area, Whistler. Skiing was now a sport and snowboarders, often dubbed as Morlocks, were gathering in groups and touring the world.
Snowboard racing began in earnest when the Morlocks toured the United States, playing their unprecedented shows which closely followed the likes of Hollywood records, Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart.
By the beginning of the 70’s snowboarding had risen above a sport and transformed to something much different, a global culture and the way of life. porous economic barriers, a tugging between stars seeking ascent and people who simply enjoyed the challenge assisted with which competitions began to grow.
While the Santa girls first glammed the slopes in 1937, the Daredevils first took the mountain on snowboard in 1948. It was a stroke of genius as during their time, they could travel more than usual because of their Lift tickets, and thus they were able to see some of the lesser known resorts at close quarters but during the 1950’s, a development in Europe called the Jura National Prize, along with a specific 25-mile trail, became the new challenge for the snowboarders. In 1975, Vans Warped Tour offered a 10-day exploration of 13 resorts in the Alps, including the legendary Magnersperil.
It was a couple of young brothers who took their holiday in 1978, from their home in Sunnydale, California, to the glaciers of Lapland, Norway and started what is now known as the evolution of snowboarding. Tight bindings, longer float lines, better snow conditions and better equipment, which allowed for the skiers to pull off much harder stunts, gave the snowboarders a distinct advantage over the skiers. The Vans Warped Tour continues today and had a great impact on the way that the sport has evolved. Similar to the surfers that would float incredible amounts of water in the ocean, the snowboarders would linger in the pack and use the nuances of the slopes as a springboard to launch themselves into the air and shred the gnarliest powder to conquer it. It was these unmatched superstars, plus the publications that loved to cover their feats, that made snowboarding much more visible and popular than it is today.
The sport has come a long way since those early days of Vans Warped Tour and the Jura National Prize.