SNOWBOARDING

The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing.

Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider’s feet, using a special boot set onto a mounted binding. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s to 1970s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998.
RIDERS

SHAUN WHITE

Shaun is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of 24 Winter and Summer X Games medals in snowboarding and skateboarding. Shaun has amassed numerous titles and victories, most notably gold medaling in both the 2006 & 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds the X Games records for gold medals with 15 and the highest overall medal count with 23 to date. He also has won 10 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male US Olympic Athlete.

Gretchen Bleiler

This female professional snowboarder began snowboarding at the age of 11 and aimed to compete at the X Games from a very young age. Apart from four gold X Games medals, she initiated the invert revolution for female boarders, won the most medals in the halfpipe category among female riders, U.S. snowboard Grand Prix champion and U.S. Open of snowboarding champion.

TRAVIS RICE

Travis Rice is an American professional snowboarder, who was raised as a skier by his father. He soon took an interest in snowboarding and joined the local team. At the age of 18, without a sponsor he decided to go to Mammoth Mountain in California and enter Snowboarder Magazine’s ‘Superpark’ contest. It was at this event that he made his mark and rose to fame.

EQUIPMENT

SNOWBOARD

A surfboard is an elongated platform used in the sport of surfing. Surfboards are relatively light, but are strong enough to support an individual standing on them while riding an ocean surface wave breaking wave.

GOggles

Most snow and ski goggles are made from materials that include polycarbonate, plastic and soft hypoallergenic foam to provide athletes with ultimate comfort and eye protection on the slopes.

boots

There is a wide variety of boots to choose from, with certain features designed to meet almost any riders’ needs. If you are a park or pipe rider, check out a boot with a loose, molded-foam inner lining for more flexibility.

“Without a rope there is no fear, because to fall is unthinkable.”

Catherine Destivelle

THE SLOPES

Corbet’s Couloir

Located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and named after renowned local ski instructor and Everest conqueror
Barry Corbet, this 10,450 foot high, double-diamond ski run has been described as “America’s scariest ski slope.”
The entrance to Couloir is a huge test for skiers since it involves dropping off a cornice with a free fall of anywhere between 10 and 30 feet,
followed by a 60-degree slope. “It’s steep and you do not want to fall as you may go all the way to the bottom,”
according to extreme skiing champion Chris Anthony.

Harakiri

With an average incline of 78 percent, the Harakiri is the steepest slope in Mayrhofen, Austria — so legendary that it draws a large
cheering section of ski enthusiasts who watch the more extreme skiers tackle the run from the comfortable six-person chairlift, Knorren,
where many often tumble down the length of the run. Named after the Japanese ritual of suicide by samurai, Harakiri is
“the world’s steepest groomed slope, with a pitch of 38 degrees,” according to Samantha Berman, Senior Editor of Ski Magazine.
“The only thing crazier than skiing it is watching them break out the specialized equipment needed to groom the slope.”

Body BAg

Located in Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, Colorado. It is a 275-foot vertical drop at 55 degrees. Fortunately,
for the more fearless skier, this run is a merciful 700 vertical feet, but it’s still arguably “the steepest cut run in North America
with a consistent 45-degree pitch,” according to Samantha Berman, Senior Editor of Ski Magazine. 
“Throw in some downed trees to
negotiate and snow that sloughs off the top, and it’s clear how Body Bag got its name.”