Vermont is for SnowboardingBy admin • Oct 8th, 2013 • Category: News
If every state could have only one sport, what would it be? Slate took it upon themselves to decide, and surprise surprise, Vermont took the crown for snowboarding.
Another grabby state claims two official sports, forcing us to choose which one it truly deserves. The correct answer is snowboarding, which was popularized in the Green Mountain State in the late 1970s and 1980s. As Sports Illustrated‘s E.M. Swift laid out, Jake Burton Carpenter launched his eponymous snowboard company in Londonderry in 1977, and the first U.S. Open snowboarding championships were held near Woodstock, Vt., in 1982. Vermont’s Stratton resort was also the first place to allow snowboards on ski lifts, a decision that made America totally awesome.
Since each sport could only have one official state, some of the other snowboard hot spots are funny: New Hampshire would be all about cross country skiing and Utah? Church Basketball, obviously.