Buyers Guide - Snowboards

Buyers Guide - Snowboards

Whether you’re pushing the pro-line or gliding down the greens, buying a new snowboard can be a daunting process. If you’re wondering ‘what snowboard should I get?’ and are only considering brands and designs, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. There are many different sizes and types of snowboards that are specially designed for specific terrains and riding styles. With hundreds of boards on the market, it can be difficult to select the one that is right for you.
Learning how to choose a snowboard requires reflecting on the following three questions:
These three questions will ensure that the snowboard you purchase is the best possible fit for you and the purposes you want to use it for.
Knowing your experience level will help you to know what type of board is realistic for you, not just at your current level but to help able your progression. It will also help you understand what type of environment you could be snowboarding in. Different snowboards are better suited to different environments and terrains, so knowing where you will be snowboarding will impact style of riding and thereby your snowboard selection. Your weight, height and boot size will all have an impact on the size of snowboard you should get.
The snowboard will be attached to you via your boots and bindings so it’s important to see it as an extension of your body.
How much Snowboarding experience do you have?
Distinguishing what level you are riding is paramount when buying a new snowboard. It’s important to be honest with yourself, because the last thing you want is a snowboard that you aren’t happy with or a snowboard that works against your goals. There is nothing wrong with needing a beginner or novice level snowboard, we all have to start somewhere. In fact, it is better to challenge your snowboarding gradually to aid your progression and avoid any painful situations.
Snowboarding can be challenging to learn at first, but all the falling is completely worth it once you are comfortable with the basics. The journey from rental boards to owning your own snowboard is deeply gratifying.
As you grow in experience, you’ll start to understand more about your snowboarding style. You might be comfortable gathering speed on a steeper slope or you might enjoy weaving your way through a forest terrain. Knowing your style will help you to buy a snowboard that will play to your strengths. Most boards are designed for specific purposes, so it’s imperative that you buy the right board for your style of riding.

BEGINNER

You’ve spent a week or two on the slopes, you’re feeling comfortable in your turns on the beginner slopes, but now you’re ready to hit some steeper groomers. You can stop yourself without falling. You can mostly link turn from heel edge to toe edge and vice versa. Your turns resemble a ‘C’ shape. On the mountains, you’re comfortable with the beginner slopes, usually marked in green.

NOVICE

You’ve moved away from green runs and are comfortably riding most blue runs in the resort. You can link in both directions and your turns resemble an ‘S’ shape. At this point your starting to learn how to control your speed. You’ve started attempting switch riding and want to maybe learn some freestyle!

INTERMEDIATE

You’ve mastered your turns on all the slopes; dipped your toes into a little bit of freestyle maybe smaller park features, switch riding isn’t as daunting and you’ve started progressing into faster carving turns utilising your edges more whilst riding. On the mountains, you’re comfortable with the intermediate slopes, usually marked in blue or red. You’re ready for a board that can help you progress further.

ADVANCED

You’re destroying the down-rails, and floating through the fresh stuff. You have no difficulty at all in powder fields You’re comfortable to do tricks in the park, and pull them off. You’re ready for a specific board that’s going to support you while you shred down the mountain. On the mountains, you are comfortable with the advanced and expert slopes marked in black or red!

EXPERT

Congratulations - the whole mountain has become your playground! You’re comfortable charging down black runs, finding untouched freshies in backcountry or between the trees, and have no concern about hucking a 540 off an XL kicker in the park!