The closest thing to modern
day Skiboards were first introduced in 1991 by a European
company, Kneissel Dachstein. Their BigFoot line featured
a foam core, p-tex base and trademark 'toes' on the tip.
In '91 Mark "Trix" Siegenfeld brought
back a pair of VSBF Bigfeet from Austria and introduced
them to Michael Canon. Michael Canon of the future Canon
Skiboards became the West Coast distributor for BigFoot
in 1992-93. In 1993 Michael, Tayt Tindall and Victor
Holtorf founded Klimax
Skiboards. In 1996 Klimax contracted Jarred and
Kary Parrelmutter, of soon to be GrooveUSA
Skiboards, to produce Klimax skiboards and at the same
time, on the opposite coast, Jason Levinthal was designing
his own type of Skiboards for his soon to be company, Line
Skiboards. In 1996 Groove and Line entered
into the market, followed by Salomon in 1997.
Now most ski companies have jumped on the Skiboarding bandwagon
with their own version of Skiboards but most fall
short of what true Skiboard companies like Revel8,
Spruce, Allz and SnowJam have been able to achieve. True skiboards are short, wide, twin tip, wood core, have 4 bindings inserts and allow riders to carve like snowboarders, float through deep powder, shred through dense trees, power through moguls and go big in terrain parks, all with the sensation of in-line skating. But, the really cool thing about skiboarding is the flat learning curve. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, the typical first time skiboarder feels comfortable after just a few runs. Green runs become boring, blues become green, single black diamond runs become blues and double blacks turn into single blacks in just hours.