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’…