Colchester, VT — An international group of Original Sin Snowboard retailers and distributors were treated to the spring riding of a lifetime in Chamonix, France May 6-8. All in attendance reveled in the famed Closing of the Grands Montets, the traditional year-end party of the Chamonix ski resort. The occasion was marked with festivities, corn snow, and yes, at the highest elevations, even powder. The weekend served as O-Sin’s final test for the 4807 Snowboard, due to hit stores this fall.
The 4807, Original Sin’s new, innovative, swallowtail board, is equipped with a shovel that resembles the front of a surfboard more than a snowboard. The board is aptly named the 4807, which is the elevation in meters of Mount Blanc. It is the highest peak in Europe and looms high above the Grands Montets resort and the Chamonix Valley.
“We were all treated to spectacular weather and conditions,” says Dan Sullivan, Original Sin’s U.S. sales manager. “All those present have a much better understanding of what the 4807 represents to the Original Sin brand and the wide variety of terrain this board was designed and tested in. You truly experience the big mountain feel of the board.”
On day two of the weekend a select group was treated to a guided tour of the spectacular Valley Blanc. The tour consisted of two thrilling tram rides to the top of the Aguille Midi. The riders exited the summit through an ice tunnel, descended with harnesses from the summit, and snowboarded through the glacier-laden terrain. The descent culminated with a chopper pick-up and return to the Grands Montets resort.
“The 4807 was the smoothest big mountain board I have ridden,” says Josh Greene of Shifty’s Snowboard Shop in Rochester, New York. “It was definitely in its element in the terrain of Chamonix. It performed well in every kind of snow we encountered.”
The handcrafted 4807 board hits retail stores in September. Suggested Retail is $679.