How to Pick a Snowboard

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When picking out a snowboard, consider the size of the mountain and the type of snow that's on that mountain. Buy a snowboard with a wide nose and tapered tail for riding on powdery snow with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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And we're going to go over in this segment on how to pick a snowboard. Couple of things are very important... where do you ride in the country, or where do you ride in the world? Whether it's east coast, west coast, meaning are you in Vermont? Are you in Utah? Are you in California? Basically, depending on the size of the mountain will depend on the size of the board. The smaller the mountain, the smaller the board. The bigger the mountain, the bigger the board. West coast... powder junkies... may need a powder gun specific board. Wider nose, tapered tail, binding set back. East coast... two parks here on the West coast... you may need a true twin. Nose to tail same distance, a little bit shorter board. Not necessarily for the powder junkies, very stable on icy conditions, as well as riding the park, hand rails, and even learning a little bit in the pipe. Next thing, fast groomers need to power through a little bit of crud on the side of the runs, maybe you need a board a little bit longer, yet has stainless steel edges... very light but very stable at high speeds. Great for groomers, great for half-pipe, and even great for riding powder. One of the all-around boards. Basically a board that can do anything on the hill, have a great time, without having to have four or five boards for different conditions. Now if you're going to be the big mountain junkie, you definitely want to have a stiffer board that will help you land so many bigger bomb drops, jumping off of cliffs... a little bit more durable, also on the base to be able handle rock debris. You're going to be able to charge through any avalanche debris. A stiffer board is going to be able to accommodate your needs on the big mountain, back country setups. So remember, geography--where you are in the world--plus where you on the mountain is going to dictate what board best suits you. Your salesperson at your local snowboard shop will be able to point you in those right directions when you have that information for the salesperson.


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