Tips On Choosing The Right Snowboard For Your Needs

Posted on: 27 October 2016

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If you're planning on hitting the slopes this winter on a snowboard and you're new to the sport, you might be wondering how to choose the right size board.  The staff at your local snowboard supplier will be happy to give you more advice, but in the meantime, here's a quick overview to help you start your search for the perfect board.

Board basics

The type of board you choose will depend on a number of different factors:

  • your height
  • your weight
  • snow conditions and terrain
  • your style

Generally speaking, long boards are much faster and are quite stable, but are harder to manoeuvre.  Shorter boards are lighter and easier to turn, but provide less edge grip than longer ones.

When you enquire at your local snowboard supply shop, they will ask you for details of your weight and height.  This ensures that you have a board to suit your body type; don't just pick a board with nice colours from the display and assume that it will do!

Beginner boards

Beginners are usually suited best by a medium length board.  Medium length boards offer the rider good stability and make it easier to steer and turn, whilst also allowing a fair speed to be achieved.  Longer boards tend to go faster and are best saved until you are a more experienced rider.

Jibbers' boards

If you're into tricks and jibbing, you'll want a shorter board with a lower swing weight that makes the board easier to spin.  If you are intending to learn to ride rails and ride pipes, you won't need a long-nosed board that is better suited to deep snow and would be too slow and cumbersome for jibbing.

All-mountain boards

These boards are designed to allow the rider to go anywhere and are perfect for riding on both powder and on groomed pistes.  All-mountain boards are slightly longer than jib and beginner boards, because you'll want to get good speed whilst keeping the board's nose up and out of the deeper drifts.

Powder boards

Boards designed for riding powder generally have a specialist shape with a tapered nose or swallowtail.  This helps the board to skim over the snow without becoming bogged down, helping the rider to stay upright and enjoy a better ride.  You can also buy specialist boards for freestyling and it's best to ask in your local snowboarding supply store for more advice if this is the way you want to go with your boarding.

In conclusion

When you head off to the slopes this winter, you'll have much more fun if you buy the right board for your height, weight and needs.  Ask for more help and advice at your local snowboarding supplies shop.