Sean Johnson Photo: Tackyworld

Is snowboarding like a bottle of wine that gets better with age or has it seen radder days? We strapped on our rose-tinted goggles and went back to the early noughties to find out.

1) Kids didn't shred. So you'd never have to witness a 9 year-old do this while you were lamely trying to link your first turns…

Photo: Francesco Zoppei, Brad Smith / Rusty Toothbrush

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2) Let alone an 18-month-old who could do this…

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3) There was one massive exception. Shaun White. Super cute. About to enter his Marmite years…

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4) …but at 13 just wowing us with preternatural steeze.

Photo: Lat34

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5) When it snowed you could find freshies for weeks, as hardly anyone went off piste.

Victoria Jealouse Photo: Burton

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6) Especially not skiers, with their super-long and not remotely powder-friendly skis.

Photo: Plumas County Ski Club

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7) So you'd never have to put up with this.

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8) Parks were pretty basic…

Photo: Miles Holden for NZ Ski

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9) …so we had to find our own fun features in the backcountry.

Victoria Jealouse Credit: Jeff Curtes/Burton

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10) Or build a kicker: the ultimate shred bonding session.

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11) In a world without GoPros you could brag about the gnarly lines you'd taken with no regard for supporting evidence.

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12) And ride lifts without the spectre of a YouTube #fail compilation.

13) You didn't have to spin to win a contest.

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14) And if you were a girl sometimes a simple grab would do.

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15) The Mont Blanc tunnel was shut, so you could actually breathe in Chamonix.

16) It was a golden era for snowboard movies. And we'd watch them every night on a loop.

17) But our days were fully screen-free. No Instagram checking on chairlifts, we just scoped lines and looked at the sky.

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18) The UK had four pure snowboard magazines: Document Snowboard, Snowboard UK, Onboard and Whitelines.

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19) Fashion was plain baggy so at least you knew where you were.

Photo: Onboard

20) No one wore helmets, except for gnarly Swedes with telemarks, ropes and backpacks.

Photo: Jeff Curtes/Burton

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21) Energy drinks were contraband (in France at least) so the vibe was super mellow.

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22) And low cost airlines were still cheap, so were season passes, beer, bread and cheese.

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23) Pro snowboarders were neither professional nor athletes, they were rebels.

Sean Johnson Photo: Tackyworld

24) And we were the only ones wearing beanies.

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