Bungee snowboarding (pron.: /ˈbʌndʒiː/; also spelt "Bungy" snowboarding) is an extreme sport popularized in British Columbia, Canada.
Bungee snowboarding was invented in 2009, when two local snowboarders in the ski-town of Whistler, Canada began to search for a remedy to the problem of trying to navigate a snowboard uphill.
For decades, ski lifts have been the main mode of transporting winter sports enthusiast to and from the top of a mountain. In 2009, Hans and Christian Andersen sought a solution to the issue of backcountry snowboarding. When snowboarding in backcountry, there are generally not ski lifts to transport participants. This leads to an issue where skiers and snowboarders are required to physically navigate deep snows to get to the necessary location on a mountain. Bungee boarding includes the addition of a bungee cord and a harness to the snowboarders gear. The bungee cord and harness are connected to a snowboarder before they snowboard down their mountain of choice. When a snowboarder heads down the mountain face the bungee cord is stretched and the velocity of the boarder pulls the cord tighter. At a given point the cord is pulled tight enough to snap back and the snowboarder is transported back to the top of the mountain.
Bungee boarding has spread to Lake Tahoe, California snowboarding culture in the last 5 years. Although bungee snowboarding is growing in popularity, commercial ski resorts have been reluctant to add the sport to their sponsored activities due to safety concerns. No deaths have been reported from bungee boarding but minor injuries are common.
1 Clausen, C. (2010, December 14). Minor Injuries Reported from Bungee Boarding. BC Daily, p. A6.
2 Jacobsen, J. (2009, September 25). Inventive Brothers Find Solution to Uphill Trek. Snowboarder Weekly, 12, 123-456.
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