Burton Snowboards’ founder to join Vail-based Hall of Fame
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a six-part series about this year’s inductees to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.Daily staff reportNEWSROOM@VAILDAILY.COMVAIL – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is inducting six new members in November – Horst Abraham, Jake Burton Carpenter, Ernst Constam, Harry Frampton, Trygve Myhren and Sandy Treat.The new inductees will join a group of Hall of Fame snowsports visionaries who have made significant contributions to snow sports in Colorado. They will be honored during the 34th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Nov. 6 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster. Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards, has a rich history in the creation and development of snowboarding as a leading force in the Colorado snow industry. He was first introduced to the Colorado ski industry when he attended the University of Colorado in the early 1970s as an aspiring ski team member, but soon broke his collarbone and was unable to race. Shortly afterwards, Jake opened up a shop in Vermont, building snowboards by hand, as an improvement on the Snurfer. In 1981, a breakthrough came for the sport of snowboarding when a Boulder surf shop organized the first snowboard competition at Ski Cooper. Carpenter became a part of the contest to introduce snowboarding on a much broader scale to Colorado. Throughout the 1980s, Carpenter continued to campaign to have local ski resorts open lifts to snowboarders. He became very involved in the original Snowboard World Championships at Breckenridge in the late 1980s, helping to solidify Colorado’s place as an early mecca of snowboarding.Throughout the 1990s, Carpenter and Burton Snowboards continued to expand, pushing snowboarding to the forefront of winter sports. Resorts were finally allowing snowboarding, and the sport secured its place on the global stage at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic games with its true spirit and identity intact, with many thanks to Carpenter and Burton Snowboards. At the Olympics, many Burton-sponsored riders were among the first medal winners in snowboarding history, including Colorado native Shannon Dunn.