Hit the Powder

Kash Merritt, Sport

Imagine the adrenaline, the speed, and the cold. Snowboarding is just arriving, and people are equally ready and excited. The snow is starting to fall, and finally stick to the ground creating that beloved powder, and icy hills for the perfect day. 

Snowboarding, is said to have originated in the United States, in the 60s and 70s, and grew in popularity in the 1980s. The inventor of the snowboard Sherman Poppen, decided to bolt two skis together. The prototype was designed to hold one’s feet in place while sliding down the hill sideways instead of facing forward. Poppen created it for his daughters, but it quickly caught the attention of The Brunswick Corporation, an athletic gear manufacturing company.  The company licensed the “snufur,”began manufacturing the snowboard, and distributing it to the nation.

The “snurfer” now the snowboard is a popular nationwide activity. There  are between 10 and 12 million active snowboarders and skiers in the U.S. There are currently 476 operating snowboard, and ski resorts in the U.S. 

AJ Baustert and 8th grader says “I snowboard because when I tried skiing I did the splits and did not want to do that again, and I liked snowboarding more anyways once I started doing it. It is a lot like wake boarding which is one of my favorite summer activities.” He was asked when he started snowboarding and stated, “I started snowboarding when,I think I was seven,” he also said, “I normally go to Sleeping Giant, and Red Lodge because they are the closest.”