Achenbach, Ken

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Achenbach, Ken

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Ken Achenbach is widely considered as one of the forefathers of snowboarding. He grew up skateboarding and riding BMX, eventually turning attentions to the young sport of snowboarding. In the early 1980s, as a 16-year-old, he founded The Snoboard Shop in Calgary, Alberta, the first snowboard retail space in Canada. In the 1980s he rode for Barfoot, helping design the first twin tip snowboard along with Neil Daffern. He was a key contributor to International Snowboard Magazine (ISM), the world's first snowboarding magazine, and inspired the younger Whistler rider Devun Walsh. Along with others, he played a central role in establishing an organization providing qualifications to teach snowboarding, the Canadian Snowboard Instructors Alliance, first given the opportunity to teach at Sunshine Village resort in Alberta, then Lake Louise, then Norquay. Achenbach ran Camp of Champions on the Blackcomb Glacier in Whistler for 25 years, its last season being 2017. Camp of Champions graduates have nearly swept the podiums at the X-Games and each Winter Olympics since freestyle snowboarding was brought in as a sport. He also runs Powder Mountain Cat Skiing in Whistler.


Calgary, AB
Sunshine Village, AB
Norquay, AB
Lake Louise, AB
Whistler, BC
Blackcomb Glacier

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Professional Snowboarder
Snowboard Coach

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Revised November 2017.




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