Here at ACM, we are proper board sports history geeks. So it was with no small measure of chin-stroking delight that I found myself in Vail’s Colorado Ski Museum (skimuseum.net) the other night. The place tells the story of skiing in Colorado, but also has a section dedicated to the history of snowboarding, and what a cornucopia of geeky delights it is.
The place has the lot, from one of Tom Sim’s early home-made boards from 1963, complete with carpet top sheet and bent-over nails (above)…
…to examples of some of the stranger cul de sacs of snowboarding evolution, like this early 80s Skosh board made from foam and resin. Fibreglass edges anyone?
As somebody who has spent twenty years writing about snowboarding, this first edition of Absolutely Radical Magazine from 1985 had me raising a sentimental glass to the vision of founding editor Tom Hsieh.
But my favourite item of memorabilia was definitely that amazing letter from Roger Moore to Steve Link, in which Moore thanks Link for the great job he did as his ‘snowballing’ stand in on 1984′s A View To A Kill. Check the section in all it’s glory here.
ps With apologies to the great Letters of Note website for nicking their headline formulation.