I was recently able to track down one of my most beloved snowboards from my youth. Yep, a K2 Fat Bob 166.
K2 Fat Bob 166
I originally purchased this model at Bob Ward & Sons in Missoula in the early 90s, and rode it all over Lookout Pass, Snowbowl, Lost Trail, Big Mountain, etc, etc. He even ventured across the pond with me when I was an exchange student in Switzerland in 1996/1997.
He met an unexpected and untimely demise at Corviglia in Switzerland; an edge blew out. K2 was awesome and replaced him with another Fat Bob, which I still have.
I found this green monster on eBay and it is in amazing shape! Now if only I could find my plaid/wool snowboard outfit to go with it…
While on the subject of my youth, I’m still trying to track down the second snowboard that I ever had. It was a Gnu Lil Black Bas. I believe it was around a 162 and was made in 1993/1994.
Gnu Lil Black Bas
Photos and a little blurb about my first snowboard coming soon. In the meantime, here’s a little teaser:
Finally, I’m also looking for some skis that I used to have. All of them were mounted with telemark bindings, although some of them weren’t strictly tele skis.
The pair that I first learned on were my friend’s. They were mounted with Riva Classics and Voile releasable bindings. The boots were leather Scarpas, which the same friend gave to me as a gift. Unfortunately, we both dearly regret the fact that he sold them after I used them. They were Kazama Outbacks, 195 cm with a white topsheet.
Kazama Outback 195
The second pair of telemark skis that I had were Atomic Telecarvs. I can’t remember the exact length. They were mounted with Rainey Superloops.
I also had a pair of Atomic 10ex, 191cm skis.
So…if you happen to have a Gnu Lil Black Bas or any of these skis, please drop me a line.