December 16, 2009

Splitboarding Is The Answer

From love handles to lift lines there are few things that can't be improved by a nice backcountry tour. Because splitboarding is the answer!

November 16, 2009

Fifth Annual Season Kickoff Party!

Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing are once again teaming up to welcome winter in style with their Fifth Annual Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Saturday, December 5th - Silverton Mountain's opening day!

For the fifth year running, the two homegrown Colorado companies are producing a small run of custom graphics boards and a special winter brew, both of which will be unveiled at the bash. This year's Season Kickoff features live music from The Freeman Social and Fuzzy Killing Machine, Ska drink specials, and tons of giveaways from Bubba's Boards, Ice Pirates Snowmobile Tours, Inferno Snowboard Shop, Purl Wax, Silverton Mountain, Silverton Powder Cats, Smith Optics, Skullcandy, Spark R&D, and Wolf Creek Ski Area.

The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a coveted limited edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard. This year's deck features the Modus Hoperandi graphic and the distinctive Venture snowflake, and is destined to become a collector’s item for beer and snow lovers alike.

The Season Kickoff Party gets rockin' at 8 pm at Silverton's Pride of the West (1323 Greene Street). Cover charge is $6 and this is a 21+ event. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. For more information call 970.387.5269.


November 4, 2009

Ska/Venture Limited Edition Decks

We're hop - hop - hoppy to unveil the limited edition 09.10 Venture/Ska Brewing decks with a sweet Modus Hoperandi graphic! If you haven't tried this incredible IPA, it's time you touched some to your lips! Ska will be giving these puppies away at special events throughout the winter, including our 5th Annual Season Kickoff Party. Stay tuned for more details!

October 22, 2009

Homegrown in the Mighty San Juans!

The inside scoop on Venture, put together by one of our favorite powder hounds, Jason Ebelheiser.

October 12, 2009

Venture & POW Snowboard Art Competition

Design your own snowboard graphic and help the environment too!

In cooperation with the nonprofit environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW), Venture Snowboards is sponsoring a board graphics competition centered on increasing awareness of the global warming crisis.

Any medium goes – photography, paintings, pencil sketches, you name it – as long as the artwork incorporates the themes of winter, the environment, and activism. So get creative and speak out for the environment!

Entries will be accepted through January 1, 2010, when a panel of judges will select the top ten submissions. The ten winners of this first level competition will receive t-shirts and swag as prizes, and be entered into a second round of judging open to the general public. The winning design will be incorporated into a run of special edition POW boards for winter 2010/2011. The grand prize winner will receive a brand spanking new POW deck emblazoned with their artwork.

Here's the nitty gritty on the competition:
  • Submissions are limited to one entry per person.
  • Submissions must be received by January 1, 2010.
  • Results of the first tier competition will be posted on the Venture and POW websites in mid January 2010.
  • Open voting will take place from mid January through late February 2010.
  • First tier winners will receive t-shirts and other swag as prizes.
  • Second tier winner will be announced in early March 2010.
  • Second tier winner will receive a new Venture/POW snowboard.
  • Only original artwork will be accepted.
  • Employees of Venture Snowboards and POW are ineligible.
  • No purchase is necessary.
  • This contest is void where prohibited.
  • By entering the contest, entrant grants Venture Snowboards and POW perpetual, nonexclusive rights to the artwork.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel selected by Venture Snowboards and POW and all decisions are final.
Venture and POW logos are available for use in your design. See links at the bottom of this post.


Electronic Submissions

  • Electronic submissions should be emailed to, with the words "POW Contest" in the subject line.
  • Please submit electronic entries as jpg files, no larger than 2 MB.
  • Please name your file using the following convention: POW_ yourfirstname_yourlastname.jpg
  • Include the following information in the body of your email: Full name, daytime and evening phone numbers, mailing address, email address, title of artwork.
  • Electronic entries must be received no later than January 1, 2010.
  • Incomplete or late entries will not be judged.

Mail In Submissions

  • Submissions by mail should be sent to: Venture Snowboards, Attn: POW Contest, PO Box 547, Silverton, CO 81433.
  • Include the following information with your entry: Full name, daytime and evening phone numbers, mailing address, email address, title of artwork.
  • Mail in entries must be received no later than January 1, 2010.
  • Incomplete or late entries will not be judged.
Logo Files
Venture - Vertical EPS
Venture - Vertical PDF
Venture - Horizontal EPS
Venture - Horizontal PDF

POW - Vertical EPS
POW - Vertical PDF
POW - Horizontal EPS
POW - Horizontal PDF

October 11, 2009

Limited Edition POW Snowboards!

Venture Snowboards is proud to announce a partnership with Protect Our Winters.

Protect Our Winters (POW) is a non-profit environmental organization formed in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The organization’s mission is to reverse the global warming crisis by uniting and mobilizing the winter sports community to have a direct and positive impact on climate change.

For the winter 2009/2010 season, Venture will emblazon all its Euphoria powder boards – both solid and split – with the POW logo, and donate a portion of sales from these boards to POW. Get a POW board under foot today, and help ensure there's pow for the next generation of riders!

Check out the POW Euphoria board here.


October 7, 2009

From the Factory Floor

We're hard at work building boards for you to play on this winter. Follow this link for more production pics!

September 23, 2009

Fun At Ska Brewing

Our tapping party for Euphoria Pale Ale last Friday was a blast, packing the Ska tasting room with folks eager for the start of winter.

A-DUB ROCK kept the party pumping with their special blend of Rocky Mountain Reggae.

Arlo from Ska and Lisa from Venture present a VERY excited winner with the grand prize giveaway - a brand new Venture Zephyr!

No doubt about it, this guy was stoked. We hope he enjoys the ride!

A longtime Venture/Ska devotee packs his trunk with sixers of the hoppy elixir. His reason for hoarding beer? "I'm going to Utah..." 'Nuff said!

September 17, 2009

Best of Test!

The retailers have spoken: Venture's Storm-R model is a "Best of Test" in the Rocky Mountain territory!

Snowboarder Magazine's Best of Test Snowboard Review takes the pulse of savvy shop staffers at the largest on-snow retailer demos in the nation.

Snowboarder queried more than a hundred riders at events in California, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Utah and Washington last spring to find their picks from literally thousands of demoed models.

Hardpack, pow, moguls, boxes, banks, cliffs, corduroy, quarterpipes, halfpipes, steeps, cat tracks, glades, loose granular - you name it, these testers rode it all. Keystone, CO played host to this event in the Rocky Mountain territory, and when the final votes were in, Venture's Storm model took top honors!

One tester commented on the board's "great control and precision," while another stoked rider said "this thing charged all over..the mountain."

Venture is surely onto something with the newly redesigned Storm, as the split version of this model was also named a Backcountry Magazine Editor's Choice.

Read more about the Best of Test Review on Snowboarder's website, or visit for the full skinny on the Storm!


September 7, 2009

Old Man Winter Comes Early...With Tap In Hand!

Fans of Ska Brewing's deliciously quaffable Euphoria Pale Ale won't have to wait for the arrival of Old Man Winter before they can tickle their taste buds with that frosty will be released mid-September this year! What's more, Euphoria will now be available in cans, providing a lightweight, impeccably packable container for everything from your backcountry hut trip to the apres ski tailgate party.

Come dance your best snow dance and celebrate the tapping of the first Euphoria keg with the Venture and Ska crews on September 18th! We'll have live reggae music from A-DUB ROCK and will give away lots of free swag, including a brand new 09/10 Venture snowboard. We hope to see you there!

Ska/Venture Tapping Party
Friday, September 18, 2009
5 - 8 pm
Ska World Headquarters
225 Girard St, Durango, CO

August 25, 2009

Snow in the San Juans

First signs of winter in the mountains today - a dusting of snow on August 25th! That's Grand Turk and Sultan viewed from the Venture factory.

August 6, 2009

Transworld's "Shred Lightly" Column

Transworld Snowboarding
gave a nod to Venture in September's "Shred Lightly" column for our ongoing sustainability efforts. Pick up a copy at the newsstand or check out the clipping on our news page!

July 23, 2009

09.10 Website Now Live!

We've updated the Venture website with all the beta on the 09.10 lineup, as well as some awesome new photos - including pics of Johan Olofsson and Jonaven Moore riding Venture splitboards during the TGR crew's recent trip to Alaska for the Jeremy Jones film "Deeper." It's great fodder for daydreams...check it out and get that winter stoke going!

June 29, 2009

Storm Splitboard Wins Editor's Choice!

Venture's Storm - R Splitboard has received the coveted Editors' Choice Award from Backcountry Magazine!

As the
premier backcountry
skiing and snowboarding publication in North America, Backcountry Magazine doesn't make endorsements frivolously. This year's annual product test was held in March at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where a selection of boards from top manufacturers were put through their paces both on piste and off. When the powder cloud settled, our Storm - R Splitboard emerged as a top choice.

According to Backcountry, "outstanding tester response, exceptionally high scores, and category-leading overall performance contributed to our selection of the Storm as a 2010 Backcountry Magazine Editors' Choice."

The Storm - R Splitboard is a new addition to the Venture lineup for winter 09/10. Based on our first generation Divide splitboard and developed in conjunction with Silverton Mountain, this deck craves big lines and burly terrain. Moderate taper and a softer nose provide float for untouched powder fields, while a stiffer midsection and tail lend stability and control in unpredictable big mountain conditions. Our re-design for 09/10 includes a rockered shape and slightly softer flex pattern for increased freedom and mobility, and a new surf-inspired nose that keeps you from augering into the deep stuff.

The Storm - R Splitboard will receive special coverage in this year's Backcountry Gear Guide - look for it on newsstands in September!

June 15, 2009

Finally on MySpace

We've now got a basic MySpace page going - be sure to check it out!

June 1, 2009

09/10 Graphics - Sneak Peek!

Here's a little sneak peek at next season's board graphics....Enjoy the eye candy!

Zephyr (all mountain)

Storm (big mountain freeride)

Split Storm (formerly called the Divide)

Helix (true twin)

Euphoria (powder specific)

We will be offering all four models in split and solid versions, and will also be introducing some rockered shapes into the lineup. Stay tuned for more info a little later this summer!

Think snow...

May 28, 2009

Tweet! Tweet!

Yes, we finally succumbed to peer pressure and will now be chirping away like a happy little birdie on Twitter. Follow us for all the latest, greatest, totally banal information!

And for those Facebook junkies out there - we're working that angle too.

Myspace coming soon....

May 15, 2009

1% For The Planet Donations

For the third year running, Venture Snowboards is donating 1% of its annual sales to grassroots environmental organizations as part of its membership in 1% For The Planet.

1% For
The Planet is an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet. Members recognize their responsibility to and dependence on a healthy environment and donate at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations worldwide. Launched in 2001 by Yvon Chouinard (founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia, Inc.) and Craig Matthews (owner of Blue Ribbon Flies), the 1% FTP alliance has grown from 21 members in 2002 to more than 1,146 participating businesses worldwide. Together, these businesses have generated more than $30 million in contributions to environmental causes.

For 2008, Venture has chosen two beneficiaries for its 1% donation: The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies and Protect Our Winters.

Based in Venture’s hometown of Silverton, Colorado, The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies (CSAS) was founded in 2003 by big mountain skiing legend Chris Landry. Recognizing that mountains are “the water towers of the world,” CSAS studies and monitors mountain ecosystems and snowpacks, their health, and the impacts of climate change on the greater mountain environment. Their work provides vital information for understanding many of the critical issues of our time – issues like water supplies, environmental policy, and how to adapt to global warming.

Protect Our Winters (POW) was formed in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones with the mission to unite and mobilize the winter sports community to have a direct and positive impact on climate change. The organization focuses on: inspiring its members to become involved locally; educating the next generation of environmental leaders; supporting innovative, alternative energy projects; and establishing corporate and resort partners as leaders in the fight against global climate change.

If you care about snow, you can make a difference too - volunteer your time or make a donation to CSAS, POW, or your favorite environmental organization today!

May 1, 2009

Grand Prize Winner Announced!

The grand prize winner of Venture Snowboards’ season-long “Mountain Life” photo contest is Amy Flygare of Benson, Utah.

Amy’s determination to win this contest was unflagging. She submitted photos each of the seven months of the contest, and two of these won top honors. Her September submission took the cake, winning the judges’ approval instantly. “She looks so graceful,” said one. “She’s pointing it like she means business,” commented another. Others approved of the use of shadow and light, and the awesome backcountry setting. Her hand-drag and shadow really put things over the top. The judges are still a little miffed that Amy won’t share the location of this photo in order to keep folks from poaching her secret spot. Maybe now she’ll let us in on her little secret?

We hope Amy makes many good turns on her prize – a brand spanking new Venture deck. Enjoy the ride Amy!

Many, many thanks to all the contest participants who shared the stoke this winter! You can check out a slide show of all the awesome submissions we received in the sidebar of this blog.

April 10, 2009

March Photo Winner

The winner of this month's photo contest is Jon Gellings of Anchorage, AK.

Our judges felt that Jon’s photo of three snowboarders working for their turns on Hatcher Pass in AK showed the true spirit of backcountry riding. One judge commented that “The riders are dwarfed by the amazing backdrop of mountains, which really puts things into perspective.” Jon also won the January competition, giving him a two in seven chance of winning a snowboard in the second tier grand prize competition.

This month's competition participants really pulled out all the stops, and their photo entries were over the top. Check out these amazing runners up...

Here's Stone Parker shredding in Valle Nevado, Chile. Yeaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!

David Mower submitted this pic of his bud Oliver Adams dropping into a gnarly line near Silverton on his Venture Divide.

We loved the play of shadow and light in this great twilight pow shot submitted by Tim Fraley.

Kevin Beavers, of Mandala Dyes in Durango, deserved an honorable mention for this shot of his custom tye dyed board (dubbed "Gnarlene") and t-shirt, both emblazoned with the Venture flake.

And finally, Jason Brooks got brownie points for busting out this jib on a vintage Venture ride!

To recap, the monthly winners of Venture’s “The Mountain Life” photo contest winners include:

September: Amy Flygare

October: Josh Hejtmanek

November: Eric Flygare

December: Natalie Cromwell

January: Jon Gellings

February: Amy Flygare

March: Jon Gellings

These monthly winners will be entered into the final grand prize competition, to be judged in late April, and one lucky shutter bug will walk away with a brand spanking new Venture snowboard. Stay tuned for the results of the final round!

April 8, 2009

"My Own Two Feet" A Success

Our screening of the splitboarding film My Own Two Feet was a great success - standing room only, a happy crowd of snow lovers, and a fat wad of cash donated to Silverton's Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies. As you can see from the photos below, a very jolly Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were in attendance that night, as well as an assortment of local kids. Would you believe these guys shredded some crazy pow in those costumes the next day at Silverton Mountain?

Thanks to everyone who came out to see the film and show their support of splitboarding, human powered recreation, and environmental issues! Also, a very special thanks to Lyn and Eric at Steam and Steel Cafe for providing an awesome venue for the show and to the folks at Leeward Cinema and Protect Our Winters for producing a stoke-filled movie.

March 25, 2009

My Own Two Feet in Silverton 4/4!

We're teaming up with the folks at Leeward Cinema and POW (Protect Our Winters) to bring a screening of the splitboarding film My Own Two Feet to Silverton on Saturday, April 4th.

The film focuses on human powered backcountry adventures in the Sierra Nevada, and features snowboarding heavies Jeremy Jones, Chad Otterstrom, Tom Burt, and Josh Dirksen plus many more. It's opening weekend of the unguided season at Silverton Mountain, so come on up for a sick day of riding, then stick around for the show!

The film starts at 8 p.m. at Steam and Steel Cafe (1309 Greene St, Silverton). $5 cover includes a raffle for some fabulous door prizes. $2 beers and wine will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies. Hope to see you there!

View the My Own Two Feet Trailer here.

March 2, 2009

February Photo Winner

The winner of this month's photo contest is Amy Flygare of Benson, UT.

Amy's photo of her husband Eric raising a humongous powder cloud in the backcountry got our judges' collective motor running. It's also worth noting that Amy has now won two of our monthly competitions, giving her an even better chance of winning a snowboard in the second tier grand prize competition that will take place in April.

Several other pics were chosen by our judges as runners up, including these creamy powder turns submitted by Jescee Adams.

Devon Balet's photo of a rider bursting from the trees on a Venture Divide made us all yell "touchdown!"

Clayton Hamilton couldn't resist submitting this photo of his "pride and joy" (that's a Venture Divide, of course) on a recent backcountry outing in the San Juans. We loved this pic because we can see one of those chutes from town!

We loved Casey Lorenzen's dramatic black and white photo.

And finally, Scott Jones' photo elicited a deep belly laugh from just about everyone in the room - neck deep and loving it!

Many, many thanks to all of this month's entrants!

If you missed out on this round of Venture’s photo contest, you still have one final chance to get a shot at the grand prize – a brand spanking new Venture board. The last monthly competition will take place at the end of March. The monthly winners from September through March will then be entered into a second tier competition, to be judged in early April. The contest theme is "The Mountain Life" and anything goes - lifestyle, action, scenic, humor... as long as it reflects life in the mountains. Click here for details on how to enter.

Until next time, think snow!

March 1, 2009

Webstore Launched!

We're asked all the time about how people can get their paws on Venture t-shirts, hoodies, pint glasses and other swag without making the trek to Silverton. With the launch of our new webstore you can purchase these items, as well as a limited selection of used and previous season's decks, directly from our website!

As a special spring promotion, we're offering a March Madness special: FREE SHIPPING on all orders within the continental U.S. during the month of March.

Don't delay - visit the Venture Snowboards WEBSTORE today!

February 8, 2009

January Photo Winner Announced

This month's winner of "The Mountain Life" photo contest is John Gellings of Anchorage, AK.

John's photo of splitboarders skinning above the clouds inspired an almost mystical mood amongst our judges. It also elicited comments about the beauty and grandeur of a great backcountry tour. John will be rewarded with a Venture t-shirt and pint glass, and will also be entered into the grand prize competition, giving him a one in seven chance of winning a brand spanking new Venture deck.

Other pics our judges found worthy of honorable mention include Eric Flygare's photo of splitters getting ready to drop in on a line in Northern Utah. Wish we were there!

Phil Simon's photo of topping out at Whistler Blackcomb also made us drool.

Barb Watterson's photo of Amy Flygare ripping a sick backcountry line elicited oohs and aahs.

Lastly, Ben Boccia's pic of a toy truck emblazoned with the Venture logo got a good chuckle out of the crew.

Many thanks to all the photographers who entered this month's competition. Clearly you're all getting out and getting after it!

If you missed this round, you still have two more chances to get a shot at the grand prize – a brand spanking new Venture board. Monthly competitions will take place from now through March 2009, with winners entered into a second tier competition, to be judged in early April. The contest theme is "The Mountain Life" and anything goes - lifestyle, action, scenic, humor... as long as it reflects life in the mountains.

Click here for details on how to enter.

Think snow!