Industry Press Release

Zephyr Splitboard Named an Editors’ Choice by Backcountry Magazine


Silverton, CO (June 24, 2010) — Venture’s Zephyr Splitboard has received the prestigious Editors’ Choice Award from Backcountry Magazine

As the premier backcountry skiing and snowboarding publication in North America, Backcountry Magazine’s endorsement is highly coveted within the snow sports industry. This year’s annual product test was held at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where a selection of boards from top manufacturers were put through their paces both on piste and off.  When the powder cloud settled, Venture’s Zephyr Splitboard emerged as a top choice.

According to Backcountry, “Outstanding tester response, exceptionally high scores, and category-leading overall performance contributed to our selection of the Zephyr as a 2011 Gear Guide Editors’ Choice.”  Additionally, they commented that the Zephyr splitboard is “the elusive quiver of one: an all-season, all-conditions animal that devours all-things powder.”

The solid version of the Zephyr has been Venture’s flagship board since the company’s founding in 1999.  Designed as a versatile, all-mountain powerhouse, it performs well in a range of conditions and has received many accolades over the years, including Future Snowboarding Magazine’s Most Valuable Product award in 2007 and 2008. 

The split version, introduced last winter, was well received by backcountry riders seeking a precise and controlled ride in challenging and variable terrain.  Building on this successful design, the changes for winter 2010/2011 have boosted the board’s performance.  A switch from camber to rocker has had the biggest impact, giving the Zephyr Splitboard greater maneuverability and float without sacrificing edge hold or performance in less than ideal conditions.  “The addition of rocker has really taken this board to the next level,” says Klemens Branner, Venture’s founder and design engineer.  “Now you can really ride anything from crud to deep pow with a single deck.” 

The Zephyr’s victory follows close on the heels of the Storm Splitboard’s success in 2010.  The Storm is the company’s best-selling splitboard model, and also won an Editors’ Choice award from Backcountry last season.  “To have our splitboards receive such an incredible honor two years in a row is a real statement about their quality and performance,” says Branner.  “Clearly the backcountry community feels we’re doing it right.”

The Zephyr Splitboard will receive special coverage in this year’s Backcountry Gear Guide which will hit the newsstands in September.

Founded in 1999 by the husband and wife team of Klemens and Lisa Branner, Venture handcrafts premium quality freeride boards and splitboards from scratch in Silverton, Colorado using sustainably harvested woods and wind power.  Learn more about the company at