Which Decade Was the Best For Snowboarding?

THE 80's, 90's, 00's AND 10's GO HEAD-TO-HEAD


Travis Rice. Photo – Aaron Dodds

In a nutshell?

“What day is it Piglet” Pooh Bear once asked. “It’s today,” replied Piglet. “Ah,” said Pooh, “My favourite day.” So how to judge the decade we’re in?


Head-up goggle displays, phones that play music and massive, over-sized headphones that hark back to the 1970s. When it comes to the latest 2000-and-teen snowboard kit, it’s all about the tech. Reverse camber boards (last seen in the 80s) now dominate the market, and as ying follows yang, so our super loud, super baggy kit has given way to skinny black jeans. In the backcountry, it’s all helmets with GoPro attachments, creating the ‘radical unicorn’ look.

Photo – Scott Serfas

Empty slopes?

If you want to shred without the crowds, it’s a major trip into the backcountry for you. Luckily, the 2010s are set up for such adventurers, and with a Jones Snowboard splitboard on your backpack, a manly beard on your face, and a camelback filled with cheeky Vimto, what you’re saying to the world is that you’re a mountain man, ready to get a few blisters on your ankles in the search for some epic pow.

Park life?

In 2013, it’s actually pretty hard to find a flat slope anymore; from the Stash runs to the Penken Park, everywhere is covered in jumps. It’s AMAZING! Add the fact that many resorts are building pristine superpipes, and it’s no wonder that even my mum is thinking about heading out to the Laax Freestyle Academy to get on the double-cork bandwagon.

In the backcountry, it’s all helmets with GoPro attachments, creating the ‘radical unicorn’ look.

If you could do a 360…

Since about 2010, if you can spin around in the air on your board you get a certificate from your instructor saying you’ve progressed from falling-leaf to the official beginner stage.

Pro of the decade?

I’m going Halldor Helgason, the essence of snowboarding distilled: likeable, original, funny, and rebellious. All that plus he sounds like he’s from Lord of the Rings. He’d be mysterious and wistful too if it wasn’t for that t-shirt that says “Shit on My Tits”.

If you’re a fan of tight pants and rails, then there is really only one era you’d want to shred. And that’s NOW. LNP with some modern mental-ness, Quebec. Photo – Oli Gagnon

Pinterest means…

Being interested in going for a pint after having wasted twenty minutes of your life reading this rubbish.

Film of the decade?

It’s definitely too early to tell. The Art of Flight was technically incredible but its all-American vibe divided opinion. For a more soulful experience, any snowboard film with Jake Blauvelt looks like it’s gonna be a banger with a fizzing fuse.

Halldor Helgason Photo – Cyril Mueller

Graphic of the decade?

Not so much a graphic, but every board Signal Snowboards make for their Every Third Thursday project is worth a look in.

If you had a time machine and could go back to one moment…

Why not fast forward to Sochi 2014 and tell us who bags the inaugural Slopestyle contest would ya? We’ve got a tenner spare and fancy a punt.


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