In 2008 an effort was initiated by fifth and sixth grade Swanton students, with help from their physical education teacher, to name snowboarding Vermont's official state sport.
The state sport shall be snowboarding.
("Senate Bill No. 216")
State Senator Donald "Don" Collins introduced the bill to the Senate.
The students learned quickly that there were a lot of skiers in Vermont. Skiing, it seemed, would have to be considered a strong contender for the title of official state sport.
A solution was found and before Senate Bill No. 216 was approved by the Senate, it was amended:
The state sports shall be snowboarding and skiing.
("Senate Bill No. 216")
With the addition of skiing to the legislation, the bill was passed by the Senate and forwarded to the Vermont House of Representatives.
But that's as far as the bill went in 2008. There would be another day.
On January 29, 2009, House Bill No. 48 was read for the first time. The bill duplicated the 2008 bill, proposing snowboarding as the official state sport. It looked like a replay of the previous year.
Whatever the strategy, the attempt failed. With five sponsors, House Bill No. 48 stalled in the Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. It went no further.
Another attempt was made on February 19, 2009, when House Bill No. 248 was read for the first time. This time the bill offered both skiing and snowboarding as state sports. Like its predecessor two weeks prior, House Bill No. 248 went no further. It too found a permanent home in the Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.
But that was then.
Though thoroughly defeated in the prior legislative session, state sport enthusiasts were back in 2011. As in 2009, a two pronged approach seems to have been taken.
This time with seventeen sponsors, House Bill No. 140 was read for the first time on January 28, 2011. Again, it proposed snowboarding as the state sport. It seems that there were some diehard believers, but again the bill went nowhere. And so....
As had been done in 2009, a second bill, House Bill No. 365 was read for the first time on March 8, 2011. This bill, with 15 sponsors, named skiing and snowboarding the state winter sports.
The bill included both snowboarding and skiing as state sports but reversed the original 2008 order of precedence; "skiing and snowboarding" versus "snowboarding and skiing."
Additionally, the two were declared state "winter" sports.
With the inclusion of skiing and the stipulation that skiing and snowboarding were official state "winter" sports, an idea finally turned into reality.
BILL AS PASSED THE HOUSE AND SENATE
Introduced by Representatives Scheuermann of Stowe, Crawford of Burke, Dickinson of St. Albans Town, Eckhardt of Chittenden, Hebert of Vernon, Komline of Dorset, Larocque of Barnet, Lewis of Berlin, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Myers of Essex, Olsen of Jamaica, Pugh of South Burlington, Wilson of Manchester and Young of Albany
An act relating to designating skiing and snowboarding as the official winter state sports
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. FINDINGS
In recognition of the importance that sports and fitness can play in the personal lives of Vermonters and in the economic well-being of the state, the general assembly finds:
(1) The history of skiing and snowboarding is heavily linked to Vermont.
(2) In 1934, the country’s first ski area opened near Woodstock when the first rope tow ski lift was installed on Clinton Gilbert’s farm. This was followed by many other historical Vermont firsts in the ski industry, including the nation’s first ski race which was held on Mount Mansfield in 1934, the nation’s first J-bar lift which was installed at Bromley Ski Area in 1936, the nation’s first ski patrol which was established at Stowe Ski Area in 1936, the nation’s first T-bar lift which was installed at Pico Peak Ski Area in 1940, and the nation’s first major chair lift which was installed at the Stowe Ski Area in 1940.
(3) In 1938, C. Minot Dole founded the National Ski Patrol in Vermont. Dole later used the National Ski Patrol model to convince the U.S. Army to activate a division of American mountain soldiers on skis, known as the 10th Mountain Division. Approximately 240 Vermonters served in the famed winter warfare division during World War II, with a dozen killed in action in the battle against the Germans in the Italian Alps.
(4) In 1952, Rutland’s Andrea Mead-Lawrence, whose parents ran Pico Mountain, became the first American woman to win two Olympic gold medals in skiing. Stowe’s Billy Kidd won the silver medal at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics and the gold and bronze medals at the 1970 World Championships. The skiing Cochrans—Barbara Ann, Lindy, Marilyn, and Bobby—from Richmond dominated the world racing scene in the 1960s and 1970s, with Barbara Ann winning the gold medal at the 1972 winter Olympics. Nordic skier Bill Koch, from Brattleboro, skied in four Olympics—1976, 1980, 1984, and 1992. Koch won the 1976 silver medal, a first for an American Nordic skier, a bronze medal in the 1982 Federation Internationale de Ski Nordic World Championships, and a bronze medal in the 1982 World Cup Championships. Most recently, at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hannah Kearney of Norwich won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing event.
(5) Vermont is home to many public schools, academies, and colleges that are world-class training grounds for skiing and snowboarding.
(6) In 1982, the Suicide Six Resort in Pomfret was the first resort in the United States to allow snowboarding.
(7) In the 1980s, Vermont was the first state in the country to host what is now known as a snowboard park at the Sonnenberg Ski Area in Barnard.
(8) The U.S. Open for Snowboarding is held in Vermont. This event is the renowned first competition for snowboarding and offers an exciting opportunity to watch the world’s best snowboarders exhibiting their skills.
(9) At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ross Powers of Stratton and Kelly Clark of Dover won the men’s and women’s gold medal respectively in the snowboarding halfpipe event.
(10) The United States Olympic Committee named Hannah Teeter of Belmont, the 2006 Winter Olympics women’s halfpipe gold medalist, as the 2006 Sportswoman of the Year, the top honor that the committee confers. She returned to the Winter Olympics in 2010 to win a silver medal in the women’s halfpipe while Kelly Clark followed immediately behind her in the competition, capturing the bronze medal.
(11) The United States Olympic Committee named former United States Halfpipe Head Coach Bud Keene of Stowe the 2006 National Coach of the Year.
(12) In 1977, Vermonter Jake Burton Carpenter founded a snowboard company in his barn and perfected the technology to build snowboards. Today, this Burlington-based company is the worldwide leader in the manufacture and sale of snowboards. Jake and Donna Burton Carpenter were inducted into the United States National Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame in 2007.
(13) Increasingly, there is an alarmingly high number of obese children in the United States. Both skiing and snowboarding promote healthy outdoor exercise for children, their parents, and people of all ages.
(14) Vermont historically ranks as the third largest ski and snowboard state, with over four million snowboarder and skier visits per year, and both sports are a critical part of our state’s economy, heritage, and way of life.
(15) Designating skiing and snowboarding as the Vermont state sports will encourage individuals to travel to Vermont to ski and snowboard where they will patronize local hotels and restaurants and purchase Vermont goods and services.
Sec. 2. 1 V.S.A. § 516 is added to read:
§ 516. STATE SPORTS
The state winter sports shall be skiing and snowboarding.
Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE
This bill shall take effect on passage.
Skiing and snowboarding became Vermont's official state winter sports when Governor Peter Shumlin signed House Bill No. 395 on March 8, 2012, one year after it was read for the first time in the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.
Many of the elementary, now high school, students who came up with the idea in 2008 were on hand to watch Governor Shumlin sign the legislation at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.
Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards, who also was on hand, says he's proud of the state, proud of the sport and of the kids in particular.
The following information is produced from the format of other state symbols listed by The Vermont Statutes Online. The legislation creates a new section under Title 1, Chapter 11.
Title 1: General Provisions
Chapter 11: FLAG, INSIGNIA, SEAL, ETC.
1 V.S.A. § 516. State sports
§ 516. State sports
The state winter sports shall be skiing and snowboarding.
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