Types of Snowboard

The type of snowboard you will want to buy is affected by both the terrain you will be using it on and your riding style.

 

All Mountain

All mountain boards are designed for just that - all mountain terrain. If you want to cruise round the mountain hitting the groomed pistes, then cross over into some awesome powder while checking out the jumps in the park after lunch, then this is the type of board for you. While not excelling in any one particular category, an all mountain board is your best bet if you just want to get out there and have some fun anywhere on the mountain.
Most snowboarders will choose this type of board, and it's an excellent choice for beginners.

 

Freeride

Freeride boards are most at home off the pistes and into the powder. However, although they perform best in the powder, these boards also perform well on the piste. These boards tend to be longer with a directional shape, allowing you to glide over the deep white stuff with ease.

 

Freestyle/park

Freestyle boards are a great choice if you are planning on spending most of your day in the park. With a shorter length and mostly true-twin shapes, you can hit rails, ride switch, and hit the big jumps easier than with other types of boards.

 

Powder

These boards are for the snowboarders who are spending most of their time in deep powder. They will be longer in length and stiffer than normal boards, allowing you to float over the snow with ease.

 

Splitboards

Splitboards can be separated into two, which allow you to climb with ease when looking for that untouched summit. The halves are then reattached before descending down the mountain.

Snowboard
Snowboards come in different types for different parts of the mountain


Park
Some boards are best suited to park riding...


Powder
... while others are better in powder

 

Snowboard Shape

 

Directional

Directional boards are most common with Freeride, Powder and All Mountain boards. Although you can ride them normal or switch, they are better suited to riding in one direction.
The bindings will be set further back, the board therefore having a longer front and shorter tail. The back of the board is stiffer than the front.

 

Directional Twin

Like directional boards, directional twin boards will have the bindings set further back. However, the back of the board will have a softer flex than the directional boards.
All Mountain boards will commonly have a directional twin shape as it allows for good performance on groomed pistes, powder, and in the park.

 

True Twin

True twin boards are symmetrical in shape, flex and binding position. This means performance is the same, whether they are ridden normal or switch. True twins are most common on freestyle/park boards.

 
 

Snowboard Bend

 

Camber

A camber board will arc in the middle of the board. This allows for an even pressure along both the surface and edge of the board when the riders weight is added.
These boards are more suited to experienced park and groomed piste riders, as the shape provides more pop and 'energy'.

Camber
Camber

 

Rocker

A rocker board will bend up at the tip and tail. Beginners will prefer a rocker bend as this will prevent you 'catching an edge' as easily as you do on a camber board.

Rocker
Rocker

 

Mixed

Mixed bend boards are becoming more popular each year. There are many different variations being used by manufacturers, which can involve a 'wave' shape along the board. This bend tries to bring the best of both worlds together.

Mixed Rocker/Camber
Mixed Rocker/Camber

 
 

Size

 

Length

As a basic rule, if a snowboard stood on its end reaches between your chin and nose, it's a good fit. However, there are other factors to consider, for example, what type of riding you plan on doing? The riders weight also needs to be taken into consideration.
Heavier riders will want a longer board, and riders wanting to spend their time in the park will want a shorter board.

 

Width

The width of a snowboard can be just as important as the length (thats what she said). The snowboard boot should overlap the width of the board by a small amount, but not so much as to touch the snow when carving an edge.
Unfortunately, there is no industry standard for how wide boards are, and even different boots with the same 'size' can have a different outer length. If in doubt, ask either in a shop or on a helpful forum.