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S is for Skiboards

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Skiboards are frequently referred to as "Snowblades" (or variations on that spelling). That is like calling all vacuum cleaners "Hoovers", or sticky tape as "Sellotape" - it is a brand name, owned by Salomon, who brought the sport to the masses, after Line had first produced them. There origins can also be traced to the Kneisl "Big Foot".
They are a ski with a length less than 110cm, and originally had non-release bindings.
The early Salomon models were 90cm, and after the initial sales, many other manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon.
Due to safety issues with the non-release bindings, the early models were all marked as unsuitable for people under 1.5m tall. This was because during a fall, the skiboard could cause serious leg and hip injuries. Later the "grom" version came out for shorter people.

Skiboards have a bad reputation among many due to the way people would put them on, and lose control.
When used as a learning tool, they can help with balance and control, particularly with two-footed carving, where, at high speeds, they can be great fun too.

Some people use them in terrain parks, over jumps etc, and this may well come from the fact that modern twin-tip skis only came into existence as a result of skiboards.

Due to their surface area, they are not particularly good in powder.
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Actually [old fart mode activates] skiboards go back to mini skis which the Austrians produced called 'figls' and a very short American ski called the Scorpion, which was made in the 1960s.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Sir, I humbly bow to your superior knowledge. snowHead
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Actually, Fox, I wouldn't claim to be definitive on that - it could be that micro skis go way back.
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David Goldsmith, we could go into a discussion about GLM, but let's not bog down the glossary!
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