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This is What Skiers Thought of Snowboarders in 1985

(They didn't like us very much...)

Watch what skiers had to say about snowboarders back in 1985, when the sport was just starting to gain some momentum in the public eye – they definitely didn’t like us very much! How times have changed…

Today, there are millions who choose to slide sideways. Snowboarding has grown from a handful of youthful outcasts rebelling against the system in pursuit of something more liberating and fun into a multi-faceted, hugely diverse activity (that also happens to be an Olympic discipline). But it hasn’t always been like this.

The above video, which was broadcast on Canadian news channel CBC back in 1985, shows a handful of people giving their thoughts on the new ‘skiboarding’ fad. It’s truly fascinating to hear how riders back in the day were ‘terrorising’ the slopes, being compared to missiles and creating a real divide amongst people who felt like their mountains were being invaded by a group of up-to-no-good punks:

“IF THESE BOARDS BECOME MORE POPULAR, THERE’S GONNA BE MORE HASSLES, MORE CONFRONTATION, SO WE JUST LIKE TO SAY WE DON’T WANT THEM AT ALL.”

Ultimately, it was opinions like these that fuelled the rapid rise in popularity of snowboarding, and so in a roundabout way, we’ve actually got a lot to thank them for. It’s just a shame that in 2016, there are still so many people (and entire resorts infact) who still share the same non-sensical opinions.

Here are just a few of our favourite quotes from this absolute gem:

“They’ll go right in between the skiers and we’ll try and kick them off and they’ll just lip us off… and they’re dangerous!”

 

“If one of these skateboards or skiboards, whatever they’re called, hit a person they’d break their leg, because they’re just like a missile!”

“Quite a lot of them are uncooperative, some of them have had a little bit to drink, and are smart-alecs. You go up and approach them in a very calm, collect manner,and they tend to lip you off”

“I think the major problem with the snowboards is that they run into people. You know, they can’t see behind them and when you get skiers and snowboarders on a run you’re looking for trouble.”

And here’s one from one of the snowboarders…

“I think they should let them give them a trial run and let them try {snowboards} out and see how they go and if they have a high fatality rate, then they should take them off! (laughs)”

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