Snowboarders are taking turns down a Vermont mountain on the opening day of the season as a tribute to a pioneer in the sport who died this week.
Jake Burton Carpenter died Wednesday of cancer complications. He had founded Burton Snowboards in Vermont.
Employees boarded a chairlift Friday at Snow Mountain Resort in the rain to ride to the top for a ceremony. They then took turns down the mountain.
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Resort employee Jeff Wise said it was an emotional first day.
Carpenter brought the snowboard to the masses and helped turn the sport into a billion-dollar business.
He quit his job in New York in 1977 to form his company with a goal of advancing the rudimentary snowboard.
It had been invented by Sherman Poppen and was called a Snurfer at the time.