Author Brian Knight to give snowboarding history lesson

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STOWE — Snowboarder and author Brian L. Knight will discuss his new book "Snowboarding in Southern Vermont; From Burton to the U.S. Open". at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, Vermont on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.

During the 1980's and 90's, the "Manchester and the Mountains" area of Vermont was the epicenter of the fledgling sport of snowboarding. With the presence of Burton Snowboards, the U.S. Open Championships and one of the earliest machine-built halfpipes at Stratton Mountain, the local population led the vanguard as the sport ventured from fringe to mainstream. Ranging from Olympic gold medalists to backhoe operators and converted skiers, locals contributed immensely to the development of the sport. Author Brian Knight details the birth, growth and development of a new worldwide sport from humble beginnings in Southern Vermont.

Brian Knight worked at Stratton Mountain in the 1980's and early 1990's, writing for a local magazine in the late 1990's and then teaching history at Stratton Mountain School. Knight has been an objective observer of snowboarding in southern Vermont. He is currently a self-employed historic preservation consultant and architectural historian and lives in Dorset, Vermont.

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, located at 1 South Main St., has been interpreting and sharing Vermont's ski and snowboard history for 15 years at its Stowe location. www.vtssm.org.

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