What the hell?
Skateboarding’s cool, right? And snowboarding too. So why not combine them? Throw them together and you have a Snow Skate. A skateboard mounted on a ski with truck-like bits between the two layers.
Unfortunately, as any scientist will tell you, two positives always make a negative*.
“anything other than perfect conditions often led to riders rag-dolling down the slope
Did anyone actually do it?
Snow Decks never really troubled the contest organisers of the world, so the sport never really produced any stars.
Why it deserved to die…
Again there are a few hold outs (check out the hate this Whitelines article generated!) but there’s a reason snowboards have bindings. Even one foot masters like Scott Stevens like to have at least part of their body attached to the board.
And while “no-boards” and other surf-inspired bindingless contraptions are fun to piss about on in powder, anything other than perfect conditions led to riders rag-dolling down the slope while their board effectively turned into a missile, aimed at those below.
When people discovered that a short highback gave a lose skate feel on a snowboard, snow skate’s days were numbered.
*Maybe the wont tell you that. I never listened that carefully during science in school.