Snowboard en España


Snowboarding in Spain

What do you know about snowboarding? do you know where it was invented? Where can you practice it and what are its modalities? If you haven't been able to answer these questions, then continue reading our new blog post!!


The development of snowboarding is derived from other sliding sports such as skateboarding or surfing.

In 1965, engineer Sherman Poppen built the first snowboard “board” for his daughter in Muskegon, Michigan. It was a wooden board without footholds and with a rope at the front that helped maintain balance. The Brunswik Company decided to develop and sell this new concept that had a relative sales success in the 1960s and 1970s.

Also during this time, avid ski surfer Dimitrije Milovich designed a board the size of skis but much wider and allowing for "surfing" in powder snow, known as the Winterstick.

Today there are millions of people who practice this sport where it has become a lifestyle for many and a sport where fashion in snowboard clothing is very present.

When did you arrive in Spain?
Despite the fact that Sherman Poppen invented Snowboarding in the United States in the 60s and became popular in the 80s, he did not arrive in Spain until the early 90s.

What are its modalities?

The best known are Freestyle, Freeride, Parallel Slalom, Boardercross and Mountain Snowboarding. Within the Freestyle we find the following:

  • Half-pipe
  • Slopestyle: jumps, rails and boxes. It will be an Olympic discipline from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Big Air
  • Jibbingd
  • Quarterpipe

What is yours?.

Who are the best riders currently in Spain?

The last Spanish Freestyle and Snowboard Championships (Sierra Nevada – April 2013) had Manex Azula and María Hidalgo in Snowboard as winners. Congratulations!

Where can I practice it?

Take advantage and escape to the best resorts: Baqueira-Beret (in my previous post you will find all the information), Astún, Candanchú, Formigal, Cerler and Sierra Nevada.

Also enjoy the Snowparks they have set up. They are very very worked by great shapers. For our taste, the best is that of Formigal. The atmosphere between riders is also unbeatable.

Some good videos to start to salivate?

and especially the video of Red Bull The Art of Flight with more than 13 million views: