The Top 5 Recommended Powder SnowboardsPublished on 09/27/2023 · 7 min readDiscover the top 5 powder snowboards for an epic ride in the deep snow. From playful to hard-charging, find your perfect board today!
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Over the past 11 years, I’ve shaped my life around riding down a mountain on a board, and it’s allowed me to visit amazing places like Colorado, Oregon, and even Alaska. What’s one big thing all three of these places have in common? Powder! Lots and lots of powder!
I’ve been lucky enough to ride some amazing powder days over the years, and it’s all been made possible by riding a proper powder snowboard. That’s why I want to cover some of the top powder snowboards as recommended by yours truly and the expert community at Curated as a whole. But first, let’s get into what makes a good powder board.
Defining a Good Powder Board
As you may know, there are lots of different types of snowboards out there that are meant for different types of riding. For example, freestyle boards are meant to excel in the terrain park, all-mountain boards are meant to provide versatility all over the resort, and powder boards are meant to surf through deep snow in-bounds and in the backcountry. Typical powder boards have common characteristics such as a directional shape with a setback stance, a spoon-shaped nose and swallowtail, a medium or stiff flex rating, and a wider-than-average waist width.
All these factors can help a rider make the most of that sweet, sweet pow. However, it should be stressed that not all powder boards will have these features. Within this article, we will be exploring some traditional powder boards and some not-so-traditional powder boards. So without further ado, here are the top five powder boards that are recommended by Curated Snowboard Gear Experts.
Most Recommended Overall Powder Snowboard: Salomon Dancehaul
One of the top recommended boards by Curated Snowboard Experts, the Salomon Dancehaul strikes a great balance: It floats in the deep stuff, but it’s still great for carving on groomers. It’s got stability, but it doesn’t feel like you’re riding a plank. It’s not terribly pricey, and it’s a unisex board, so everyone can enjoy it!
It’s got that classic powder board feel with a quintessential swallowtail to channel snow from underneath the board, a 20mm taper from nose to tail to help the nose stay afloat, and a well-balanced medium flex. This is a board that’s intended for the intermediate to advanced rider but is a great approachable option if you’re looking for a powder board that can also be used on hardpack. It’s hard to go wrong with the Dancehaul.
Most Recommended Playful Powder Snowboard: Bataleon Party Wave
The Bataleon Party Wave has been redesigned for 2024 with a new pin-shaped tail. It features a full camber profile, which provides plenty of pop for when you’re snapping ollies around the mountain, and a directional shape for float in fresh lines. The main reason this board is so playful is because it features Bataleon’s “Triple Base Technology,” or 3BT for short. Think of boards with 3BT like the hull of a board — the edges are slightly uplifted, giving it a forgiving feel like that of a rocker profile but with all the benefits of a camber board.
This will allow riders to press, pop, and butter around with less likelihood of accidentally catching an edge. Coupled with its soft/medium flex (4/10), this allows riders to relax a little, not always be on their A-game, and not fear catching an edge and face-planting (which is exactly what would happen with the next board on this list). This is one of the best boards for the rider who wants to keep it casual and loose when doing some powder riding.
Most Recommended Hard-Charging Powder Snowboard: Jones Flagship
If you’re at all familiar with the Jones brand, you probably know that they specialize in boards that excel in deep snow and that they produce some of the best powder and freeride boards in the industry. After all, the company was founded by Jeremy Jones, one of best freeride boarders in the game! The Flagship is, well, their flagship snowboard and is an amazing option for the rider who demands the best performance possible from their gear and plans to push it to the limits.
This is not a board for the faint of heart, with its stiff flexing and an aggressive camber running between the bindings to maximize control and stability at high speeds and through sketchy lines. It also features Jones’ traction tech, which helps provide extra edge hold when needed. This board is packed with other high-end features as well, such as a directional flex pattern to help the tail sink and nose stay afloat and a progressive sidecut for smoother turn initiations and exits when transferring your weight from edge to edge. If you’re looking for a board that won’t let you down no matter how gnarly the terrain, consider the Jones Flagship!
Most Recommended Budget Powder Snowboard: CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher
Don’t let the name fool you! This board isn’t just meant for springtime slush — it can crush powder days as well! This is one of my personal favorite powder boards, and I own the 2023 version. This board used to simply have a flat-to-rocker profile; however, CAPiTA recently introduced some mild camber between the bindings, and it’s helped the latest version of the Slush Slasher come alive in and out of turns.
This is a board that can handle even the deepest powder storms because of its massive shovel-like nose and tiny tail. It is a very soft board, so it will toss you around if you get too rowdy on it, but it’s surprisingly versatile for powder and non-powdery days. The biggest drawback to this board is that the riding switch on this board is almost impossible. Other than that, the CAPiTA SB Slush Slasher is a great little quirky board that’s perfect for the rider who wants a powder board and isn’t looking to charge too hard. Oh and the best part — it’s one of the cheapest dedicated powder boards on the market today, only costing a little more than your average beginner snowboard!
Most Recommended Twin Powder Snowboard: CAPiTA Spring Break Powder Twin
I know what you’re thinking — “powder” and “twin”? Those don’t go together! I’ll admit, in most cases, you should never consider a twin-shaped snowboard for a dedicated powder board. I even said earlier in this article that a staple of powder boards is their directional shape. However, CAPiTA decided to break away from the typical powder board mold and (somehow) managed to produce a true twin-shaped snowboard that thrives in powder.
Their secret: They made it wide, really wide. You see, a wider snowboard floats better in powder because there’s more surface area to distribute your weight across as you float on top of fresh snow. While powder boards in general tend to be wider than your average board, the CAPiTA SB Powder Twin goes above and beyond, as it’s incredibly wide (maxing out a 278mm in the 162cm size). This makes up for the lack of directional shape. Other than that, it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill snowboard: It’s got camber between the bindings and reverse camber in the tips, and it features a medium flex for versatility. Of all the boards on this list, this would be the best one-board quiver in my opinion, as it really is a board that’s going to excel anywhere on the mountain.
Choosing The Best Powder Snowboard For You
Upon reaching this point in the article, hopefully, you can see that not all powder boards are the same. There are plenty of different options to fit just about every riding style, ability level, and budget.
But your research with Curated doesn’t have to stop here! That’s because here at Curated, you can connect with me or any of the other snowboard or ski experts, and we’ll provide free, personalized gear recommendations no matter where you are in your snowboard journey (you could be a total newbie or a pro) to get you kitted and fitted for your next adventure!