Fathers of Snowboarding: Ken Achenbach



1985 World Championships Soda Springs, CA, near Donner Summit.

PHOTO: Bud Fawcett

Photos and captions: Bud Fawcett

Ken Achenbach

Ken Achenbach is know by many as the father of Canadian snowboarding. In the early ’80s he founded The Snoboard Shop in Calgary, Alberta, the first snowboard retail space in Canada and some speculate, the world. He was a key figure in the ISM magazine, which was the 1st snowboard magazine, writing for it, and being featured all over it. Later in the ’80s Ken rode for Barfoot where he helped design the first twin tip snowboard with Niel Dafferin and influence key snowboarders such as Devun Walsh. Ken now owns Camp of Champions which had been in operation for 25 years, one the of premier summer snowboard destinations on the planet, as well as Powder Mountain Cat Skiing.

Ken at the First Legendary Mt. Baker Banked Slalom, in 1985. PHOTO: Bud Fawcett.

Take a look at this Powder And Rails to get a more in-depth history of Ken.



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