RIP Ike Garst: First Ski Area Operator in CO. To Let Snowboarders Ride | Fostering in Tom Sims, Jake Burton, +

An early halfpipe is seen in this undated photo at the now-defunct Berthoud Pass Ski Area. Ike Garst, who died Tuesday at 66 years old, operated the ski area with his wife, Lucy, for a decade between 1977 and 1987. He was one of the first ski area operators to allow snowboarders on chairlifts and embrace the support, fostering the careers of snowboard pioneers Tom Sims and Jake Burton. (Photo courtesy of Beth Garst)

 

Snowboarding is such a young sport in the grand scheme of things. It’s still shocking every time one of our original founders passes away. Ike Garst may not have been a snowboarder himself, but without legends like Ike to break down barriers who knows what snowboarding would even have become. As the first ski area operator in Colorado to allow snowboarders he helped foster in the era of Tom Sims and Jake Burton Carpenter and many more.

It’s stories like Ike’s that make snowboarding what it is.

 

All around snowboard legend Mikey LeBlanc had this to say:

“Everybody dies, but all of our actions live on. Thanks Ike for supporting something new and fun back in the day. Your actions helped direct many lives in immeasurable ways.”

 

 

Click to THE DENVER POST for more on Ike Garst’s life and death and contribution to snowboarding history

 

 

 

Ike Garst, who died Tuesday at 66 years old, operated the now-defunct Berthoud Pass Ski Area with his wife, Lucy, for a decade between 1977 and 1987. He was one of the first ski area operators to allow snowboarders on chairlifts and embrace the support, fostering the careers of snowboard pioneers Tom Sims and Jake Burton. He is seen here with his wife Lucy in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Beth Garst)

 

 

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