From the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail: A look at proto-snowboards – Colorado News

From the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail: A look at proto-snowboards – Colorado News

The following is part of a series of articles compiled by the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame that take a closer look at some of the priceless artifacts and stories contained in the museum’s archives. The Colorado Snowsports Museum, located in the Vail Transportation Center, is currently under construction on a $2.4 million privately funded transformation that will refurbish the 24-year-old facility, add new exhibit space and modernize exhibits with interactive technology.

Skiing and the 10th Mountain Division are the cornerstones of Vail’s history and success, which the museum preserves and celebrates year-round. The museum has been one of the favorite family-friendly visitor attractions in Vail for 41 years and, with these improvements, the museum will be the best and most comprehensive ski museum in the world.


Until fairly recently, there has not been a great deal of knowledge about whether a snowboard-like sport existed prior to the 1960s. But in 2008, while working on the film “Legends,” snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Stefan Gimpl traveled to a remote village in Turkey’s Kackar Mountains. There, they discovered that residents had been riding a device called a lazboard for more than 400 years. Comparable to a Snurfer, the board featured a rope in front and a stick held by the rider for balance.

A similar device was patented in the U.S. in 1939 by Gunnar and Harvey Burgeson and Vern Wicklund. Made of solid white oak, the invention was called a “Sno-Surf” and featured an adjustable strap for the left foot, a rubber mat to hold the right foot, a rope with loop used to control speed and…

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