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9 Things That Were Great About Snowboarding in the 90s

The humble terrain park was in its infancy in the early 90s. With the first ‘proper’ snowpark opening in Vail, Colerado in 1991 – the early years of the decade were all about DIY shaping. Snowboarding veteran Todd Richards remembers how different it was from the rock-up and ride ease of modern freestyle:

We had to work for our jumps…We would ride around on the hill with shovels. We had designated shovel days

…of course self-shaping is still a part of the modern routine with street spots and backcountry. Nowadays it looks more like the photo below, but it’s nice to think of a time when everyone had to sing for their supper and help build kickers on the slopes. Nothing like a bit of manual labour to make you appreciate what you’ve got!

On the flip-side all the street spots were ‘new’ in those days – no-one was saying ‘you can’t do that trick here, it’s been done already’…


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