The late great F.D.R. didn’t shred, but thanks to him we can. In the mid 1930’s, as part of “The New Deal,” president Roosevelt dispatched the Army Corps of Engineers to help build the Beartooth Highway, a rugged section of U.S. Route 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. A series of steep switchbacks climbs over 3,000 vertical feet in just 12 miles peaking out at 10,947'. Each Memorial Day riders come from around the country in pursuit of life, liberty and some of the best roadside backcountry in the Lower 48.

This spring the Venture and Spark R&D crew packed our board bags and made the pilgrimage for the annual Beartooth session. What followed was an epic four day adventure with fresh snow, fun loving people and good times.

Starting the trip off proper with a roadside drop in and 2K decent.

Some eager campers chomping at the bit to demo the new rides.

Dedicated! Ski The East crew made the Beartooth pilgrimage.

Matt Paris dialing in the Odin before the drop.

Matt Paris getting some early morning turns in Moon Couloir.

E-Mo testing the waters in Hanging Couloir.

Guess E-Mo thought it needed a little more testing.

Possied up before ascending another 1.5K to the lakes below.

Split mode meanderings with our new friends.

Campfire tales and tasty beverages at the end of another long day.

Morning ritual.

The other morning ritual.

Doing our best to “act natural” while capturing an impressive interpretive tourist selfie session.

Chance Lenay making the trek all the way from WA to get his hands on the new Paragon.

Chance fully committed with a close out spine line for his warmup run. Typical.

E-Mo riding some large flanks at Beartooth Basin.

The snow gods were watching out for us with some steady cloud cover and a little refresh on our objective.

Some high speed corn harvesting above Rock Creek.

Chance Lenay surfing a nice left break in June Couloir.

Last turn of the trip turned out to be the best. Chance with the white room exit to end the day.

Pretty much the last thing you want to deal with at the end of a 4 day trip and 8 hour shred mission... Marmots invaded the Tacoma.  Took about an hour to get these little guys out of the engine. Fortunately for us we had a few marmot whisperers on staff to talk them down… Clutch skill to have in the Beartooth backcountry.

Venture Supporters,
Venture Snowboards has encountered some challenging terrain in recent months. Circumstances beyond our control have forced us to make a tough decision. We will not be delivering any boards to market for the 2015-16 winter season. 
To our friends, colleagues, collaborators and all you Venture riders and supporters, we are deeply sorry. We sincerely apologize for any impacts this may have on you or your business. 
To our staff who stuck by us through thick and thin—you are the heart of Venture. So many people had the best days of their lives on boards we built by hand. That is something to be proud of, something no one can take away.
Trust us when we say we did everything possible to make it work. Venture has been a labor of love for us for more than 16 years. We did it for you, for ourselves, and for snowboarding. 
We can’t project what will happen beyond 2015-16. In the meantime, we hope you’ll support the other craft manufacturers out there who love snowboarding as much as we do.
This isn’t goodbye. See you soon.
Klem and Lisa Branner
Venture Snowboards
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AuthorLisa Branner

Come celebrate the return of the unguided season at Silverton Mountain with us! We'll shred some great spring snow by day and boogie down by night with the ska stylings of The Casual Fridays! There will also be drink specials and a raffle for some great prizes, including a Venture snowboard! The party gets rocking at 7 pm on Saturday, April 4th at Silverton's Grand Imperial Hotel. $4 cover, 21+ only. Raffle proceeds benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

AuthorLisa Branner

We received lots of awesome entries for the #MyVenture photo contest. Thanks everyone for submitting and voting! And the winners are:

Grand Prize: Silverton Sessions Package

Matt Viola


Second Prize: A Venture Snowboard

Jesse Hambley


Runners Up: Venture Swag Package

Joshua Brandl


Douglas Fletcher

AuthorLisa Branner

It's hard to believe, but this year will be our 10th Annual Season Kickoff Party celebrating the opening of unguided season at Silverton Mountain - a decade of handcrafted collaboration in the mighty San Juans! Our friends at Ska Brewing have been cooking up a special brew for the occasion - Dementia (Bourbon Barrel Aged Euphoria) - and it's going to be delicious. Don't miss it! We'll have live music from the Lawn Chair Kings and The Crags, Ska drink specials, and a raffle for tons of awesome loot including prizes from Ice Pirates, Purl Wax, Purgatory, Silverton Powder Cats, Silverton Mountain, Ska Brewing, Smith Optics, Spark R&D, Trew Gear, and last but not least, a limited edition Venture board with the Dementia graphic (below). Raffle proceeds benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.

Saturday December 20th, 7 pm at the Grand Imperial Hotel.  $6 cover, 21+ only

See you there!


We want you to show us your Venture in the #MyVenture photo contest! Anything goes - riding, lifestyle, scenic, etc. Just be sure it includes a Venture deck. Tag your photo with #MyVenture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and then share with your friends and family. The photo with the most Facebook likes wins! The Grand Prize winner gets a free spot at the Silverton Sessions - a high altitude shred gathering here in Silverton, Colorado.  Second Place is a brand spanking new Venture snowboard, and 3 Runners Up will receive Venture swag. Contest runs through 12/5, so enter today!

AuthorLisa Branner

Ever dreamed of riding Silverton Mountain with locals who are in the know? Now is your chance. Join the Venture Snowboards crew for a high altitude gathering in Silverton, Colorado!

Shred Silverton Mountain with us, tour the Venture factory while drinking Ska Brewing's Euphoria Pale Ale from our kegerator, and experience winter San Juan style.  Package includes 2 days of guided riding at Silverton Mountain, 3 nights' lodging, beer, meals, beer, free demos, more beer, and a raffle for some great prizes. Did we mention beer? 

So rally your crew, gather your riding gear, and muster your courage. Then come prepared for an amazing adventure! Registration deadline is 12/1/14 and space is limited. Click here for more information or to register.

Silverton Sessions

Our all mountain Zelix keeps taking top honors. In addition to an Editors' Choice from Backcountry Magazine, it has now received a Good Wood Award from TransWorld Snowboarding and an Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Award. That makes a total of three - count 'em, THREE - awards for the Zelix this season! You can be sure this news is raising the stoke level to new heights here at Venture.

TransWorld testers commented that the Zelix is "surfy and holds a great edge." Backcountry riders called it "an all-mountain slayer" that "felt stable in all terrain types." And Outside noted that it "float[s] almost effortlessly in soft snow." What's clear here is that the Zelix kills it in a range of different snow conditions and terrain, so if you're looking for a single deck that can handle anything the mountain throws at you, this may just be the board for you. Get the full scoop on on this all mountain quiver killer here.

Venture Snowboards Zelix

Back in the basement/garage days. Fall 2002. This photo was taken with our first digital camera - storage medium = floppy disk.

AuthorKlemens Branner

We're stoked to announce that Venture's Zelix splitboard is a Backcountry Magazine 2015 Editors' Choice winner - that's two years running!  Backcountry's testers called the Zelix "an all mountain slayer" and commented that the board was "solid but not a brick...[and] felt stable in all conditions."  For the 14/15 winter season the Zelix is available as a regular snowboard and a splitboard.  Detailed specs and more information are available here, or you can check out Backcountry's review.