Venture Snowboards' 2016-17 Line-Up. Venture photo.
Last season, one of the most beloved board manufacturers in the businesses, Venture Snowboards, unexpectedly shut down production at its Silverton, CO factory. The announcement shocked most of the snowboard industry, including Venture's diehard following of big mountain riders and splitboarders.
The press release from co-owner Lisa Branner read, "Venture Snowboards has encountered some challenging terrain in recent months. Circumstances beyond our control have forced us to make a tough decision. We will not be delivering any boards to market for the 2015-16 winter season."
Speculation disseminated about production costs and small profit margins after the worst snow year in living memory. However, both Klemens and Lisa Branner, the husband-and-wife team who conceived the idea of a environmentally focused, big mountain snowboard company as powder-chasing students at Colorado State University, made no definitive comments about why Venture ceased production. Nor did they confirm whether or not Venture would return in the future.
Now, the Branners and Venture Snowboards have announced that they are planning an official comeback with a new line of big mountain decks and splitboards for 2016-17. For the first time ever, they will be releasing two female-specific boards, the Oracle and the Tempest. They'll also be making a new all-mountain board called the Paragon.
Note: If you are headed to SIA, Venture Snowboards will not be exhibiting. However, you can stop by the Spark R&D booth to let them know how happy you are to hear this news. You cannot order their boards just yet, so chill.
An avalanche caught five skiers on Saturday morning at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Everyone survived. The slide was triggered near the top of the freshly-opened Thunder Lift in an area next to the Expert Chutes zone. The slab broke loose from the base of a cliff with a crown measured around two feet deep and 150 feet wide. A JHMR ski patrol search team armed with two dogs, a Recco device and avalanche beacons immediately began searching the area, uncovering the victims, which included
On Saturday, December 1, at 9:55 a.m., sixteen people were skiing and snowboarding on the southern end of Expert Chutes, an inbounds zone at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, when an avalanche broke above them. In a matter of seconds the 150-foot wide slab with a 2-foot crown barreled down the slope, burying five skiers below. Without hesitation, onlookers immediately sprung into action and the ski patrol responded swiftly. Thanks to the cooperation and preparedness of the community and the
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