While still a fairly new sport here at Dublin, snowboarding has become an important part of winter life at the school. Our newly opened Norm "Pro" Wright Ski Area is open to boarders to use throughout the season, and with the alpine ski team, the group regularly practices at nearby Crotched Mountain in Francestown, New Hampshire.
As our program has evolved, we've been able to send more athletes to Lakes Region League Snowboard Series competitions throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. These events are open to a range of talent levels, from beginner to expert, with races held in the Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, and Boardercross. In 2015, we won the Lakes Region Boys Slopestyle Championship For the first time.
Our favorite race, though, happens right in our backyard, when snowboarders from competing schools descend on Crotched in January for the mountain's annual snowboard competition. It's a fun, relaxed environment where athletes can race against one another and strike up friendships with snowboarders from competing schools.
Slopestyle Competition at Crotched Mountain - February 25,2015
Lakes Region Slopestyle Competition Results @ Sunapee 1.21.15
Paul Graves is one of the originals, his involvement in snowboarding as old as the sport itself. He was the first professional and sponsored rider — for Snurfer early in his career and later for Rossignol Snowboards — thanks to his surface 360’s and flip dismount, which paved the way for freestyle riding and won Paul the National Freestyle Championship in 1979. The first television commercial to feature snowboarding starred Paul carving down the Canadian Rockies on behalf of Labatt’s Blue. But most notably, Paul founded the first national snowboarding championship in 1982 at Suicide Six in Woodstock, Vermont. He later passed the event on to his friend Jake Burton, and the U.S. Open became the pinnacle competition of the season.
Paul, who Time Magazine called “a snowboarding pioneer,” has appeared on NBC, CBS, ESPN, Snowboard Life, The Discovery Channel, Eastern Edge, MTV Sports, Vermont Life and more, speaking to the history and advancement of snowboarding over the past 51 years. He also consulted for ESPN during the first Winter XGames and for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, the first time snowboarding was ever included. Given that Paul’s efforts have always been purely for the advancement of the sport, Paul was named an Ambassador to the State of Vermont in 1996.
Today, Paul stays connected to the industry from his home in Dublin, NH where he lives with his wife, and occasionally, a visiting daughter, son-in-law or grandchild.
Past Events - Season Completed