THE TOOL BOX: SNOWBOARDS AND NORDIC

Because “riding” means not skiing

BOARDS

Snowboards keep getting lighter, more technical and more adept at riding anywhere on the mountain.

 

1. Burton Method

Burton went all in with the Method, allowing its designers to build the board of their dreams without worrying about the cost. It’s obscenely light, yet strong thanks to carbon and titanium and the latest incarnation includes rocker.

$1,500; burton.com

BEST FOR: Purists (and trust funders)

 

2. Venture Storm

Colorado-based Venture developed this board on the steeps and pow at Silverton. The Storm has been made a bit stiffer this year for more stability on steeps and groomers but it will still charge the soft stuff.

$575; venturesnowbaords.com

BEST FOR: Big lines

 

3. Ride Canvas

This women-specific freestyle board features a touch of rocker and Ride’s Pop Rods, carbon rods that give the board some srping without adding extra stiffness.

$470; ridesnowboards.com

BEST FOR: Women who do it all

 

4. Lib Tech Rasta Pow NAS

Lib Tech’s NAS (Narrow Ass Snowboard) is so tiny, the brand suggests you ride on two at once. When you do, you will float pow and crush crud (thanks to rocker) and grip hardpack with the brand’s serrated edges. These limited editions were handbuilt by freeskier Tim Dutton.

$899; lib-tech.com

BEST FOR: Skiing

 

7. Jones Mountain Twin

You expect big things from Jeremy Jones, and the Mountain Twin delivers—it’s a freeride board with traditional camber underfoot for stability and tip and tail rocker for float and manueverability. This directional flex twin-tip thrives everywhere from the park to sidecountry.

$449; jonessnowboards.com

BEST FOR: Taking on the whole mountain

 

 

NORDIC

We’re not sure how they ended up next to the snowboards but these skis call out for attention.

6. Rossignol Xium Skate

Much like road bikers, Nordorks are constantly obsessed with weight and Rossi cut its sexy X-ium Skate package (ski, boot, and binding) by 230 grams. It’s our choice for speed.

$1,195; rossignol.com

BEST FOR: Going freaking fast

5. Madshus Annum

Built for off-track adventure, this waxless touring ski features a big nose and metal edges that break through nasty snow.

$340; madshus.com

BEST FOR: Touring exploration

GREEN WAX

You won’t go very far on those boards without a good wax job. We’re fans of Green Wax since it’s petroleum- and PVC-free. Most importantly, it works. Beyond all that feel-good greenness, the stuff keeps you sliding through the dead spots when you put it on the bottom of your skis or board.

greenskiwax.com

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