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    Taylor
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    http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29255536/venture-snowboards-silverton-set-revival

    Venture Snowboards in Silverton set for revival

    Boutique snowboard maker Venture plans resurrection after suddenly closing operations last fall

    By Jason Blevins
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 12/15/2015 10:49:27 AM MST1 Comment | Updated: 3 days ago

    Go ahead. Call it a comeback.

    Silverton’s feisty Venture Snowboards is scheming a revival after suddenly shutting down operations last fall.

    “We are putting the band back together,” said Klem Branner, the hard-charging backcountry snowboarder who, along with wife Lisa, established Venture in 1999 in Durango before moving it to Silverton in 2006.

    The Branners built Venture as an option for riders who demanded more durability. Designed for deep snow in the steep and jagged southern San Juans, Venture boards quickly developed a cult-like following. Venture riders championed the boards’ agility, strength, power and innovative designs.

    So it was a painful blow when the Branners announced in September that they were closing down because of “some challenging terrain” and “circumstances beyond our control.”

    Klem Branner doesn’t want to talk about what went wrong.

    “We fell flat on our faces, and it sucked. But we are taking it as an opportunity to re-evaluate everything and establish new ideas and get all the right pieces in place,” he said.

    For tiny Silverton, a town of fewer than 650 residents in San Juan County, the loss of the five- to seven-employee Venture was an economic blow.

    The company had been fighting to stay afloat in a maturing snowboarding industry that has seen participation slow from its explosive start in the 1990s. Snowboarders accounted for 32.6 percent of all U.S. resort visits in 2010. Then that number steadily fell to 27.2 percent in the 2013-14 season. (Participation remained at 27.2 percent in the 2014-15 season, raising hope for a halt to several seasons of decline.)

    The contracting industry is dominated by big players such as Burton and hedge-fund-owned Mervin Manufacturing. It’s especially difficult for boutique snowboard makers like Venture to compete with companies that can produce boards for cheap in Asia.

    “It’s tough out there. It’s not easy,” said Branner, who hand-builds his snowboards and splitboards — which divide into two wide skis for easy uphill ascent and lock together for a traditional surfing descent — in a small shop in Silverton.

    When they announced they were closing, the Branners were flooded with e-mails and calls. Friends and fans whom they didn’t even know offered to help. But, said Klem Branner, “There was nothing anyone could do.”

    “It was overwhelming,” he said. “It was like, ‘Wow, we really have to figure this out no matter what, or there will be a lot of disappointed people out there.’ ”

    Dave Thibodeau, co-founder of Durango’s Ska Brewing Co. and Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers, was more than disappointed when he heard the Branners were shutting down.

    “I can’t imagine having to live without a Venture board to ride,” said Thibodeau, whose Ska has grown into a southern Colorado institution since it opened in 1995.

    Venture “embodies a very similar philosophy as we do at Ska,” he said.

    Venture and Ska have been making cooperative craft beers and custom boards for a decade, trumpeting their “handcrafted in the mighty San Juans” brands on high-end snowboards that share the same graphic as a custom Ska ale.

    Thibodeau was a sounding board for the Branners after the collapse. He has helped the couple uncover new ideas for raising capital to spark the Venture resurrection.

    “For what it’s worth, I’ve been available to bounce ideas off and talk things through,” he said.

    Branner said he and his team will spend the season focusing on research and development. That labor — high in the San Juans — should yield new boards and samples by the spring, he said. He already has logged more days riding by mid-December than he has since he started the company.

    “This season, we will have time to figure out new things and get out there and just play more,” he said. “That R&D — that’s the upside of this whole thing. We are moving forward.”

    Jason Blevins: 303-954-1374, jblevins@ denverpost.com or @jasonblevins

    @sun_rocket

    #787338
    Jimy
    64 Posts

    So it was a painful blow when the Branners announced in September that they were closing down because of “some challenging terrain” and “circumstances beyond our control.”

    Klem Branner doesn’t want to talk about what went wrong.

    That’s too bad. When I heard they were reviving the brand that’s exactly what I wanted to hear about…

    knuckle dragger

    #787392
    powslash
    382 Posts

    This is great news!

    #787401
    Taylor
    791 Posts

    So it was a painful blow when the Branners announced in September that they were closing down because of “some challenging terrain” and “circumstances beyond our control.”

    Klem Branner doesn’t want to talk about what went wrong.

    That’s too bad. When I heard they were reviving the brand that’s exactly what I wanted to hear about…

    I was told that the bank seized their 2016 production and sold it through a shop in Durango, which suggests that Venture was unable to make good on debts owed. I can understand their desire not to discuss it. You can’t pour your heart and soul into something like that for so many years without a blow like that being deeply personal. I’m glad they’re making a comeback.

    @sun_rocket

    #787411
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    not sure the plan but that definetly sucks that they couldn’t afford to keep going.. funny I found out about the revival story from david gottergoofs facebook page about hating splitboarders.

    for hating on us he sure does ride some snowboard nuts… GOOD luck venture and build a board with camber and I will purchase it!!! come on klem don’t hate…

    #787426
    Matt Wood
    328 Posts

    A friend of a friends shop was in charge of selling off there inventory. I scored a couple pair of sparks for 100 bucks, same price for G3 skins. Must have been demos or something. 400 took any board.

    #788149
    Berts
    49 Posts

    That’s too bad they missed this year. I was hoping my current board would last through this season so I could get a 181-27 Storm next year. I cracked my current board and was forced to buy something different.

    Should have bought one last year I guess which I came very close too.

    #788394
    b0ardski
    249 Posts

    a season or 2 of research & development will only be good for all of us,
    less weight and more camber and scales under the binders of my Odin would make it my perfect bc board

    #788483
    Cbalke
    237 Posts

    It’s been confirmed, Venture will be back next season with some fresh new stuff. A couple new models as well as a couple women’s models. More details to come..

    #788682
    bcall8
    125 Posts
    #788695
    Cbalke
    237 Posts

    I didn’t think Venture wanted it posted until SIA kicked off but since TGR spilled the beans heres the details.
    As said in the above article, Venture will be hanging out at the Spark booth at SIA. They won’t have any samples ready so they will be there to talk about next seasons lineup and their plans for the future.

    Next season’s offers a new men’s board as well as two women’s specific models.

    #788715

    Glad to see them making boards next yr!!! Lineup looks great… just hoping for a few interesting shape shack boards as well. Im really interested in a new carbon split next yr. And really hoping it will be a venture!

    #788718
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    The only way they will gain my interest (and I know others as well) is to go with a different rocker/camber profiles. Having just one profile in their lineup makes theirs boards all too similar. While their construction is bulletproof and probably still the best I have seen their boards are just not that fun to ride. I know the handful of my friends have all veered away from Venture over the last few years because they were interested in profiles like Never Summer, Lib Tech, Chimera, Furberg etc….

    #788722
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    If you say so…

    My Odin is more fun to ride than my Furberg. And NS is almost the same friggin’ shape / sidecut for damn near 20 years.

    I for one am very happy the might make a comeback. Cheers.

    #788725
    summersgone
    814 Posts

    Venture hand’s down makes the best splitboards in terms of quality. If they made a carbon, I’d be a bit surprised, because coming back out of the gate may be tough for that expensive of a board. They did have one at a splitfest that Will was on that was pretty cool and light. I’d be pretty excited with a short board mini swallow carbon, but I’m probably dreaming 🙂 It would be cool to see them build on different shape shack models though, try different camber or rocker tech as well. But that can get pretty expensive and a pretty small market in all reality (how big are we?) We shall see how it goes.

    I will say that I hope the topsheet design are a bit different than what is shown. I expect they are flushing out details and finalizing some shapes, but I’ve always liked Venture’s simple designs and the past couple years the design I think has gotten a bit more bland and doesn’t appeal to me. But white sounds good, shed some of that snow!

    Glad they are back on their feet and making a comeback. The town of Silverton needs that.

    #788730
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    If you say so…

    My Odin is more fun to ride than my Furberg. And NS is almost the same friggin’ shape / sidecut for damn near 20 years.

    I for one am very happy the might make a comeback. Cheers.

    I know the Ventures I have demoed felt very dead in the tail compared to my Mervin boards. I like to pop off pillows and nature lips and walls and I could hardly get the venture off the ground.

    I never said anything about side cut just rocker camber profile.

    #788828
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    Funny…My Helix 161 seemed to have plenty of pop…wink! There is a huge difference between Lib and Venture … I like em both. However, As long as Venture is a company….I’ll buy their rock solid good boards.

    KaBlam!

    #788872
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    Funny…My Helix 161 seemed to have plenty of pop…wink! There is a huge difference between Lib and Venture … I like em both. However, As long as Venture is a company….I’ll buy their rock solid good boards.

    KaBlam!

    Pop? your not even above the lip….

    #788879
    cometogether
    385 Posts

    HSHAHAHAhAh I thought the same thing! looks to me like you might knuckle that jump.. but who am I.

    I second the thought of camber/ rocker profiles but since klem basically laughed at me when I asked about these things I purchased a COUPLE of boards from other companies..

    No doubt they make strong boards but limiting your self to flat camber is retarded.. considering its basically some wedges in the press to add or change camber that seems very close minded. come on Klem wake up! not everyone wants your flat boards but I WOULD PUT MONEY ON IT THAT PEOPLE WANT VENTURE STRENGTH in there boards..

    just a thought.

    #789052
    SPLITRIPPIN
    709 Posts

    knuckling? never heard of it. wouldn’t make much sense to post a pic right before eating knees, and picking teeth out said knees, eh. I won’t waste my breath explaining the speed, and “pop” needed to olly that gap. it’s my olly pop that clears the gap…not the lip.

    wasn’t that your rub bananabrad? that the venture doesn’t have enough pop? my posting that pic proves the point that ventures have plenty of “pop”.

    so here’s another thought for bananas and cometogether….this thread clearly is to show stoke and support for a great company that faced diversity…and came out swinging and is fighting the good fight. do you think it’s in good taste to clearly bash Venture and their lack of listening to you in this thread? if you don’t like the boards …whatevs …buy the boards you like. air your dislike for the brand in the splitboard section of the forum. don’t shit on the stoke that others clearly are showing. im sorry that you’re booty hurt that they didn’t jump to your demands and build boards to you desires. you realize how much effort, blood sweat and tears i imagine goes into making a brand/board? how long do you think a small company would last building multiple board types to cover all the bases.

    heres another thought….go to venture and tell them they’re close minded retards(your words), and that you and your crew won’t buy their boards until they wake up.

    id be curious to see how that works out for you…maybe you’ll get knuckled.

    intiendes?

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