Snow culture

To some people, snowboarding is a thing they do. To others, it’s a way of life. Which is right? Neither. But if you’re interested in the history and culture of snowboarding, you’ve come to the right spot.

Snowboarding is both similar to and different from skiing. Some technology crosses from one to the other. They’ve also been connected throughout history–sometimes feuding, sometimes encouraging each other–and they are both part of the alpine environment.

Competitive snowboarding discusses USASA and NASTAR (two ways for amateurs to compete), Winter X Games, and the Olympics.

Ski history provides some links for ski (and of late, “ski and snowboard”) museums.

Skiers v. snowboarders focuses on a one-time feud between two different ways of enjoying sliding on the snow in a lift-served environment. Resorts should be free to ban snowboards on their chairlifts, even on public land.

Snow etiquette lists the mountain responsibility code, and provides some advice for making the mountain experience better for everyone.

Spirituality of snowboarding is the perspective of this site’s editor, as he explains how riding on the snow is a tool of connecting with God and developing the soul.

Statistics on snowboarding explains some trends.

The history of snowboarding is a timeline of key events. It also explains the origins of the term “grays on trays” and provides the text of the Wicklund patent, perhaps the first snowboard in America.

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