Best Board for Firm Conditions
• Burton Custom X, 164cm
The Burton Custom X is a cambered, stiff board made for pointing it out of technical terrain, and it can be driven hard through chunder. The camber helps to eliminate any chatter on hardpack, and the board has great edge hold.
• Venture Zelix, 158cm
The Venture Zelix is a solid, durable board that is stable at high speeds in firm, variable conditions. The Zelix is flat underfoot, which makes it quite versatile in a wide range of conditions, yet it still has good edge hold.
Best Board for Pow
• Gentemstick Zephyr, 160.5cm
If you’ve been to Japan, you will know a Gentemstick by the turns it leaves on the mountain. These boards are designed specifically for the deepest pow days, and offer a super surfy feel. The Gentemstick Zephyr provides that loose feel in the tail for deep powder, great float in the nose, and flexibility to handle changes in the terrain.
• Lib Tech Travis Rice Split HP
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Split charges lines with the same power and speed of the un-split Travis Rice board, while still maintaining the freestyle qualities that make it so fun around the entire mountain. The board’s C2 BTX camber/rocker design helps the Travis Rice Split float in pow, yet it can still be ridden aggressively when the snow gets firmer. Karakoram clips make it quick to take apart and put together.
• Burton Ion
The Burton Ion has been a staple in Burton’s line up for about ten years, and while there have been some minor changes to it over the years, the latest Ion is one of the best boots available. The Ion is light, durable, and uses Burton’s Shrinkage Footprint Reduction Technology, which makes the boot’s footprint one size smaller to alleviate heel and toe drag.