The Blister Podcast
About This Show
The Blister Podcast is Blister Review’s series of weekly conversations with the most fascinating and passionate people in the outdoor sports world. We’ll talk with top-level skiers, climbers, mountain bikers, snowboarders, product designers, and various Blister reviewers about their sport, their industry, and whatever else is on their minds— or ours.
Most Recent Episode
Venture Snowboards: Building in Silverton, CO (Ep. 68)
We stopped by the headquarters of Venture Snowboards in Silverton, Colorado, to talk to Venture’s founders, Lisa and Klem Branner. As you’ll hear, Venture does a lot of things different than most snowboarding companies. For example, very few companies are manufacturing snowboards here in the U.S., and even fewer of those companies are starting from scratch — literally building boards starting with raw lumber.So we talked to Lisa and Klem about why they do what they do, why they chose to build in the tiny town of Silverton, and why it all matters. We also discuss why Klem really dislikes using the term “sustainable” when it comes to building snowboards; why he thinks it’s a bad idea to build snowboards with traditional camber; which current trends in snowboard design he thinks are stupid; and more.TOPICS & TIMES:When & where did you two meet? (03:00)Klem on making the first board he ever rode (5:04)From grad school to starting Venture Snowboards (7:22)The decision to set up shop in Silverton, Colorado (10:26)Why start a snowboard company? (15:10)Real talk about “green washing” in the snowboard industry (16:26)What sets Venture apart: building their boards from scratch (21:56)Advantages & challenges of manufacturing in Silverton (25:42)Why Klem thinks traditional camber sucks and is unnecessary (27:53)Craft beer + craft boards: Venture’s collab with Ska Brewing (38:08)What current trends in board design do you like or dislike? (41:27)The rise of splitboarding and backcountry riding (46:16)Venture’s 18/19 lineup — and why they don’t overhaul their line all the time (48:33)Why should anyone care that Venture boards are built in Silverton? (53:06)