Words & Photos: Pat Bridges

Last Thursday was the opening reception for “Colorado Snowboard Archive: Roots Of A Movement at The Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado. Though billed as a collection of artifacts celebrating riding culture in the Rocky Mountains this archive is an impressive record of snowboarding’s formative years within the context of a crucial scene. On hand at the opening were Trent Bush, Dave Alden and Kurt Olesek, the three men responsible for bringing The Colorado Snowboard Archive to the public. Several other pivotal members of Colorado’s shred pedigree were in attendance including Todd Richards, Dave Dowd, Chad Otterstrom, Chris Pappas and others. From Tom Sims carpet topped shop class creations from 1963 to a collection of Dave England’s infamous micro zine Skintight to the very first Never Summer prototype the wealth of riding nostalgia gathered for this archive is unparalleled. Check out a few snaps I took at the show and next time you are in the vicinity of Vail do yourself a favor and stop by this exhibit. The Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum is conveniently located right next to the Vail transport center. For more info visit skimuseum.net.