Avoriaz was one of the first ever resorts in France to have a snowboard-only section. Encompassing a park and pipe with lifts solely for snowboarders, it’s been promoting the sport since its beginnings.
Did you know that just under a quarter of us are snowboarders? That’s right, only 24% of snow sports enthusiasts board.
It was 1999 in Les Arcs when Australian boarder Darren Powell set the world outdoor speed record for snowboarding, reaching 126.4mph on ‘The Flying K’.
Val Thorens was the setting for Europe’s first ever snowboarders, after French skiers-cum-surfers took to the slopes on handmade, primitive boards back in 1983.
Karine Ruby, gold medalist for the giant slalom event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, was raised in Haute-Savoie. Her efforts made her the first ever woman to be awarded a gold medal in the event.