Ever forward thinking, Nidecker recognized the new wave of winter sports and began designing snowboards in 1982. The first 50 production boards were handcrafted in the Rolle workshop in 1984 and featured 3D-base contours. Nidecker snowboards were an overnight success and by 1985 over 700 boards had been sold mainly in Switzerland and France. Soon after, a team of Nidecker sponsored athletes won the 1986 Alpine Snowboarding World Cup.