As the owner of Tsaina Lodge in Alaska, Jeffery Scott Fraser makes fine dining, spa services, and unique outdoor adventures available to his guests. Like many Alaskans, Jeffery Fraser goes snowboarding whenever possible.
In 2016, snowboards began to take on some traits characteristic of the surfboard. In order to increase their efficiency on fresh powder, boards widened at the nose and tapered at the tail.
Board makers are doubling down on this design trend for 2017, and several brands have collaborated with the surfboard industry's top talent. Many boards feature a large concave nose, and contours along the bottom have become commonplace. Increasingly flashy swallowtails have become the norm as well, allowing snowboarders to feel weightless in fresh powder.
The surf-inspired trend has carried over into aesthetic components of new snowboards as well. Natural wood is back in fashion, and wave-inspired motifs have been making a prominent comeback in many brands' 2017 lineups.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.