Welcome to the Small Time
We are Origin Snow based out of Littleton, CO. We’ve been designing and hand-building small-batch and custom snowboards exclusively for kids since 2010.
Our goal is to become the #1 independent manufacturer of snowboards for kids.
Check out our site, products, team and Frequently Asked Questions. Let us know if there is anything that you want to know more about. We’re here to help you figure out the best setup for your little shredders! And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for announcements, special offers, and events.
The Back Story
My name is Matt Rinehart. I am the founder, owner, and sole operator of Origin Snow. I am a husband and father of two boys. I have been snowboarding since 1992.
I came up with the concept for Origin while sitting in traffic driving home from snowboarding with my oldest son, Koen, in February of 2009. He was six years old at the time, so naturally he was passed out in the back seat while I cursed the traffic under my breath. As we sat on I-70, I began contemplating how I could improve his riding experience. The boards we’d been renting for him were beat up, of seemingly second-rate technology and construction, and usually the wrong size.
I decided to reach out to some of the contacts I had made in my first snowboard brand endeavor from the late 90s, Source Snowboards. None of them were making kid boards, and more importantly they weren’t interested in it. The cost of entry into the market paired with the small demographic made it a less than appealing effort for many of the established brands.
At this point, I made the decision to do it myself. By early 2010, we had our first prototype 85cm and 105cm decks. Seven-year-old Koen became our beta tester on the slopes of Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin. His younger brother Kaias would pick up testing the smaller sizes later that season.
With the help of my family, our friends friends, and a handful of talented young riders (and their families), we’re moving towards our goal of becoming the #1 independent manufacturer of snowboards for kids, one board at a time.
At Origin, there is no board of directors. There are no investors. No silent partners calling the shots from behind the scenes. We do what’s important for us without worrying about someone else’s bottom line. Everything we do is backed by the money in our pockets. Most importantly, we do this because we love it.
We hope you’ll find value in what we’re doing and support us in creating our dream.