The Snow Report
WHAT IT IS: The narrowest possible snow sliding plank with telemark freeheel bindings mounted nearly parallel to the board, front to back. Poles are optional, as is turning symmetrically.
FIRST APPEARED: 1996. Born from a desire to snowboard faster down icy Eastern moguls, the teleboard is the brainchild of brothers Erik and Martin Fey. During the winter of 1996 the brothers created a succession of boards so narrow that even monoskiers were dubious. Unable to fit conventional alpine snowboard bindings on their creation, they bolted on freeheel bindings instead, hiked to the top of Killington Resort, and got wiggly. Teleboarding was born.
15 MINUTES OF FAME: 1996. Teleboarding is just over 15 years young and lacks the storied history of some of the other inventions profiled here. Has it had its moment in the pow? Time will tell.
WHO RIDES: East Coast mogul enthusiasts. The inventors claim that using an extremely narrow, long board with freeheel bindings allows the rider to better flex the board, and to better adjust his weight vertically by standing or kneeling. We’re not really sure how this is different than skiing. But teleboarders insist it is. In short, the fundamental asymmetry of the bindings and the inability of the teleboarder to bend his front knee lead to immeasurable gains in ... some type of performance.
RELATION TO SKIING/SNOWBOARDING: Geeky brother-in-law.
1. You can buy teleboards produced in Colorado for around $500 new.