While skiing has been around in one form or another for millennia, snowboarding is relatively new. The sports roots can be traced back to Muskegon, Michigan in 1965. Sherman Poppen, an engineer, lashed two skis together and positioned the bindings at an angle over the skis. His daughters loved it, and his wife named it “The Snurfer”—a portmanteau of “snow” and “surfer.” He licensed this idea to the Brunswick corporation in 1966, and snowboarding was born. In 1977, a snurfing enthusiast by the name of Jake Burton Carpenter perfected the bindings, and created his own company, Burton Snowboards which is now a household name in snowboarding. Downhill skiing purists initially rejected snowboarding, and it would take years before snowboards were allowed on ski slopes. During that time, a wide variety of snowboarding-specific freestyle competitions and licensing bodies were developed. Snowboarding was cemented as an Olympic sport in the 1988 Nagano games and remains a popular alternative to skiing.

If you’re an avid snowboarder with a love for entrepreneurship, it may make sense for you to open a snowboard business. There are three principal forms this could take, with many variations in between. If you live or are willing to move near a snowboard-able mountain, an independent brick-and-mortar snowboard shop would make sense. Or you could develop a relationship with the resort owners and open your shop on-premises, which would provide built-in seasonal clientele. Or your business could exist as an online store on its own or as in addition to a brick-and-mortar location. Whatever path you choose, you will want to sell and potentially rent snowboards, snowboard boots, bindings, coats, snowboard racks, coat racks, and accessories like helmets, goggles, stomp pads, and snowboard locks. For a brick-and-mortar business, you will also want display racks and/or storage racks if your business involves rentals. Lastly, you will need a robust on premise or SaaS (software as a service)-based inventory management system and the ability to handle a variety of snowboard shop payment types at the point of sale.

Payment Integrator has a range of solutions to give your snowboard business the edge. We have payment processing solutions that can be deployed into your existing on-premise sales software or SaaS framework. We can also provide traditional point-of-sale devices to accept credit cards and debit cards with a swipe, dip, or a tap. We also have an industry-leading framework that can easily integrate ACH payments, as well as accept snowboard shop payments from e-wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay. All of Payment Integrator’s customer-specific payment acceptance solutions are secure, PCI compliant, and operate in a P2PE tokenized environment.

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