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Snowboard museum opens in Vermont
Wednesday, 14 April 2004
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A new museum devoted to snowboarding is opening in Stowe.

The Snowboarding Museum and Hall of Fame, which will be located along Route 100 near the intersection of Park Street, will celebrate the sport's history and champions, said executive director Neil Korn.

The museum's doors are scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend next month, with a grand opening event planned for Oct. 23.

Korn said the museum would show the sport's history from before the word "snowboarding" was common.

The sport's roots can be traced to experimental forms of sledding in the 1930s, Korn said. The earliest marketed form of a snowboard was the Snurfer, a wooden toy with rope handle. Over a million Snurfers were sold in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In the past 15 years, snowboards have evolved from stiff wooden planks to finely tuned, double-tipped boards.

Jake Burton Carpenter, who founded Burton Snowboards in 1977, lives in Stowe, and his contributions to the sport will be featured at the museum, Korn said.

Korn said the museum will use photographs and memorabilia that he and others have collected over the years. Special events will include an annual board swap, golf tournament, pro appearances, movie premieres, and art shows.

source: The Canadian Press



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