Henri Nidecker set up Nidecker in 1887 making agricultural equipment for Swiss farmers on the shores of Lake Geneva. However it wasn’t until 1912 that Henri got in on the snow hype. It took a further 62 years for the Nidecker factory to churn out its first snowboard and they’ve been doing it damn well ever since.
They were one of the first companies to develop a steel edged shred stick and used their new fangled technology to carve the first lines down the iconic Mont Blanc on a prototype. In homage to the Hawaiian surfers of the 50’s, they developed a board called the ‘Gun’ with a pointed tip and straight sidewalls. They were almost there anyway…
By the late 80’s their tech monkeys had sherlocked their way to creating a snowboard with a curved sidewall, allowing the rider to carve with the gradient of the mountain revolutionising the design of snowboards across the world.
We took a whirl round their offerings at ISPO 2015 to see what they had in-store for the coming season.
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