Snowboards and Bindings
There are two different types of Snowboards readily available on the market today: Freestyle, and Freeride (All Mountain) boards. Each board has a unique construction technique, material, shape, flex pattern, and size.
The type of Snowboard you ride should correspond to your particular style of riding.
Freeride or All Mountain Board
Of the two Snowboard types, the Freeride Snowboard is the most popular. This type of board is a good all-mountain, park and half pipe snowboard that is designed to float well in powder. You can enjoy carving, catching air, and basically all riding aspects with this type of Snowboard.
Freeride boards have a directional shape and are meant to be ridden primarily in one direction. Having a directional shape means that the Snowboard’s tip is different from its tail. In free ride, the tail is generally more narrow, shorter, and flatter than the tip of the board. With this, the stance on freeride boards is usually offset toward the tail of the board. Still, freeride boards can be ridden backwards (fakie), despite their directional shape.
Freeride Snowboards are usually fairly soft and maneuverable enough for beginners, but stiff enough to hold a fast turn in hard snow. These boards come in regular widths and wide widths for people with larger feet (above size 10 1/2). The wider widths boards will eliminate toe drag while turning.
A freestyle snowboard is more stable, and more forgiving to ride. Also, it is shorter, lighter and softer in flex, which makes it easier to turn. These characteristics make a freestyle board very responsive to the rider. Consequently, it is the best choice for a beginner.
These boards are built mainly for performing tricks in terrain parks and halfpipes (e.g. spins, air, grabs and riding fakie). Still, Freestyle Snowboards have limited edge grip and stability, and are not good for carving turns or cruising fast.
Most Freestyle Snowboards are twin tip boards. Twin tip boards have a centered stance with a tip and tail that are exact copies of each other, making them symmetrical in shape. Both ends of a freestyle Snowboard have a shovel, and freestyle boards with twin tip design makes it easy for beginners to ride both forward and backward (fakie).
*****Always remember that the type of Snowboard you ride should correspond to the type of riding that you like to do, and that both Freestyle and Freeride boards are good Snowboard types for beginning snowboarders.*****
You can take any snowboard anywhere on the mountain, however, certain boards will allow you to excel in specific disciplines!