Postcards From Home

A touching look at snowboard history and memorabilia by Drew Amer

It was the winter of 1995. I was in the fourth grade. My family took our first ski trip out west, to Beaver Creek. Unknown to me at the time, Beaver Creek, Vail, and the outlying Summit Country, CO area had some legit shit going down. Homies were busting off, removing their highbacks, t-bolting their stances, and jig-sawing their board tips into the shape of paper plates, all in the name of getting loose.

It was on this trip that I went snowboarding for the first time. I remember going to the shop and renting some sort of Morrow Snowboard. While in the shop, I did what any 10 year old does and bothered the shop guys for free stickers. They gave me a few stickers, then handed me this signed Burton postcard of Stevie Alters. I remember the shop guy saying, “Go ahead and take this photo of Stevie, anything that guy signs is worthless anyway.”

Just before my era, most of what I know about Stevie Alters I learned from Kingpin Productions “Kingpin’s Greatest Hits” (if you are under the age of 18 get a hold of some Kingpin and learn something). Alters is one of the first in a list of notorious snowboarders who couldn’t handle the obligations and narrow-mindedness of the industry. There was Scotty Wittlake, Nate Bozung, and Justin Hebbel among others, but before those guys, there was Stevie Alters.

He claimed Burton tried to brainwash him, and put a cigar out on his lip.

I believe him.

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