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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
2010: The year in snowboarding

While all eyes were focused on the lead-up to the Olympics in 2010, the rest of the snowboard world went quietly about its business. We can't claim these were the biggest things happening in snowboarding last year (for Olympic-year highlights, click here) but looking back, these are some of the things that made us the most excited.


No matter if you're the plan-every-turn-on-the-lift kind of guy or gal, the no-wait-for-no-one-no-how schussbomber, the leave-no-nub-unjibbed multi-shredder, or the chairlifts-are-murder splitboard mountain goat, snowboarding is, above all, fun.

And while 2010 may well have been "snowboarding's biggest year," we think it's important to remember that, though they can't all be pow days and we may not be sticking double cork 12s anytime soon (ever), the feeling that comes when you enter the white room, slink through shoulder-wide trees at speed or stare down the blind side of a big drop is something to recognize and overindulge. Even when it shatters your bones and dignity, truth is, snowboarding always has your back, and that's not something that can be contained in a trophy room or valued on a big check.

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