Whether you are looking for a twin tip design for the park and pipes or a freeride board to take you anywhere on the mountain, we’ve got you covered with all the latest and best boards this season. Our expert staff will set you up with the right board for your height, weight and foot size with a length and flex designed for your riding style.
Freestyle boards are perfect for grinding it out in the park or pipe. Sometimes called “twin-tips”, these boards have the same dimensions on both ends, so they’re easier to ride fakie (backwards) than other boards.
These boards are what they sound like – designed to do anything, anywhere. Freeride boards have a distinct tip and tail, which means they can be ridden fakie, but they’re designed to go forward. Freeride boards are a little stiffer than freestyle, but not as stiff as alpine.
Also called carving or race boards, Alpine boards are long, narrow and stiff. These boards are made for advanced riders, and work best carving downhill in fresh powder (then again, who doesn’t?).
Once you’ve picked a board to match your riding style, there are also several other things to keep in mind when you’re picking your gear:
Board flex will play a big part in the type of day you have on the mountain. Picking a board that’s too stiff will wear you out, or worse, prevent you from making the critical turn to avoid that huge linebacker that’s teetering his way down the bunny slope. On the other hand, picking a board that’s not stiff enough could leave you feeling out of control once you build up some speed.
Your board’s sidecut can also help with turning. Boards with deeper sidecuts are easier to turn, but harder to maneuver if you’re barreling down the mountain at Mach 3.
A general rule of thumb is to pick a board that’s about as wide as your feet are long. Riding a board that’s too wide will make it impossible to get enough leverage in your turns. Going the other way means that your toes will stick over the edge and catch when you turn.
The hardest part of picking the right board is knowing yourself. Your height, weight and riding style combine with all of the factors we mentioned to create your overall riding experience. At Snow Bird, our expert staff has been riding for years, and we know how to help other riders. Let us help you find the perfect board, and you’ll be happy from first chair all the way down to the car.