What Type of Snowboard Should I Get?
The snowboard you should get depends on your experience, riding style, and what terrain you’re riding on. There are 6 types of boards to choose from and we’ll cover each one below so you can decide which one makes the most sense for you.
#1: Freestyle Board
A freestyle board is meant to be in the snowboard park, 1/2 pipe, catching air or doing tricks across the mountain. These also can be used as urban boards and are designed for quick maneuvering while you’re doing tricks. Freestyle snowboards are ideal for any level of rider and are a great board for a beginner rider because of their forgiving softer flex. Check out our Best Freestyle Snowboards.
#2: All-Mountain Board
An all-mountain board is made for cruising through powder and catching air in the park. You can use these snowboards for groomers, trees, parks, jumps, and side hits. They are a good option for new riders who want to progress to an intermediate level. Check out our best all-mountain snowboards of 2023.
#3: Freeride Board
A freeride board is made for the steeps, deeps, and trees. These are directional boards or designed for going forward down the mountain. They typically have a firm flex and greater vibration damping for stability at higher speeds. They are boards for the rider that loves freshly groomed slopes in the mornings, powder runs in trees and bowls and are not interested in riding in parks or doing tricks. Who is perfect for this board? Both expert riders and intermediate level riders on their way to expert level. Check out our Best Freeride Snowboards.
#4: Freecarve Board
Freecarve boards are made for hard pack and groomer carving, so yes…they’re for carving turns. The design of a freecarve board affords fast speeds on any terrain, which makes it an ideal board for intermediate or expert riders.
#5: Powder Board
Powder boards are designed to offer the best floatation in the deepest snow. They are boards for any level of rider who want the best performance for making fresh tracks in untouched snow, slashing pillow lines and surf inspired turns. These are the boards you want to take on that special Heli-skiing or snowcat trip. If you’re new to snowboarding in powder, check out our tips tolearn to snowboard in deep powder. Check outthe best powder snowboards of 2022!
Splitboards split in half and turn into skis, allowing for access into the backcountry. They’re different from other boards because they have uphill capability and use skins, clips, hooks, and specific splitboard bindings. These boards are for specific riders looking for that backcountry access and wanting to steer clear lift lines. Check out our Best Splitboards.
Now that you know what type of board is best suited for you, let’s get you measured up to make sure you get the right length and width based on your size, ability, and preferred type of riding.