10 Best Snowboards For Beginners - 2017
Want a beginners snowboard? Read our guide to the best snowboard for beginners on the market
Looking for your first beginners snowboard? When you are new to snowboarding, it can be overwhelming visiting a snowboarding shop and staring at all those different boards on offer. Where is the best place to start?
Buying a snowboard isn’t just about buying the board - you will have to invest in snowboard bindings, snowboarding jacket, snowboarding boots, snowboarding helmet and probably a snowboard bag to carry it on planes.
Some people prefer to rent a snowboard when they are first starting out. However, if you think you might go snowboarding more than three or four times, then it is definitely worth buying your own board.
While it’s great to do research like reading this article before you buy your first board, the best thing to do is get down to your local snowboarding shop. The sales assistants there will be able to help you choose a snowboard that suits your size and ability.
In the meantime, take a look at the best 2017 snowboards for beginners below. These are the prices without bindings unless otherwise stated.
MEN’S BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS
BURTON CLASH SNOWBOARD
Burton are one of the best snowboard makers in the world with a whole range of sick snowboards for beginners right up to advanced shredders. The Burton Clash is a perfect snowboard for beginners. It’s stable with a flat base that makes turning easy and less likely to catch an edge. The flex is even across the board which is ideal if you are looking to learn to ride in switch and start hitting the park. The beauty of the Clash is that it won’t hinder your progress as you become an intermediate rider.
Buy the Burton Clash Snowboard here
ARBOR FOUNDATION SNOWBOARD
Looking for a good quality all-mountain board? The Arbor Foundation is an awesome beginners snowboard. It has a rocker profile which makes it difficult to catch an edge and easy to control. Rocker boards tend to be favoured by jibbers looking to hit the park one day, as the profile will help you initiate smooth buttery spins and tricks. Saying that, the Arbor Foundation is a great board for anyone putting in their first turns and beyond - plus it has Arbor’s sweet quality signature wood look.
Buy the Arbor Foundation Snowboard here
K2 STANDARD SNOWBOARD
Don’t be fooled by the name. The K2 Standard is no standard snowboard. It’s one of their best beginner snowboards and will suit riders right up to intermediate level. Made with a flat to rocker base, you will find the K2 Standard a stable forgiving board with enough pop to get you started learning your first tricks. The Catch Free Baseline is every beginner’s favourite feature as it helps stop you catching an edge and makes initiating turns easier. If you are looking for a good solid all-mountain board, give the K2 Standard a try.
Buy the K2 Standard Snowboard here
CAPITA HORRORSCOPE SNOWBOARD
The Capita Horrorscope is known as one of the best freestyle boards in the industry, so if you know you want to ride park, this is the stick for you. It’s a super soft flex board with a flat to reverse camber profile, which makes it a forgiving board, able to lock onto rails when you start hitting them and enough pop to get those ollies going. There is a reason the Capita Horrorscope is every park rat’s favourite first board.
Buy the Capita Horrorscope Snowboard here
YES BASIC SNOWBOARD
The Yes Basic snowboard might sound well, basic, but there’s a reason everyone loves this board - from beginner riders right up to pro shredders. It has a camber to rocker profile which makes turning easy but also allows enough pop for your ollies. Nose and tail presses are easy, whether on piste or in the park, and you won’t sink in powder either. Yes’s signature UnderBite indentations mean the board is slightly thinner by the bindings, creating a stronger grip when you need it.
Buy the Yes Basic Snowboard here
WOMEN’S BEGINNER SNOWBOARDS
BURTON FEATHER SNOWBOARD
If you’ve just decided to embark on buying your first snowboard, then you can’t go wrong with the Burton Feather. It has a flat base profile with a little rocker in the tip and tail to stop you catching an edge easily. The Feather has a mellow flex with a little bit of pop. The beauty of this board is you won’t just ride it for one season - it will see you progress for a number of seasons beyond that initial learning stage. You’ll enjoy riding this board all over the mountain.
Buy the Burton Feather Snowboard here
SALOMON OH YEAH SNOWBOARD
Snowboarders rave about Salomon boards. Over the past few years, this skiing and snowboarding company have really stepped up their game. The Oh Yeah is a great beginners snowboard for women with a rock out camber profile which will prevent you catching an edge too easily. The popster core will give you enough spring to start hitting the park. It’s a freestyle board, but don’t worry - you’ll be happy shredding this board all over the mountain, not just in the park.
Buy the Salomon Oh Yeah Snowboard here
ROME ROYAL SNOWBOARD
Rome have made a women’s beginners snowboard that you won’t grow out of - this board just keeps giving as your skills progress. The Rome Royal has the same profile as the Burton Feather - flat to rocker - which is super popular with beginners. The flat section makes it stable and easy to turn while the rocker gives the board its playfulness. It is great if you want a board that works well in the park as well as shredding on-piste. You won’t regret buying the Rome Royal snowboard.
Buy the Rome Royal Snowboard here
ROXY SUGAR BANANA SNOWBOARD
Roxy have long been making some of the sweetest women’s snowboards. The Sugar Banana will not disappoint. This is an awesome beginners snowboard - it’s reliable and forgiving with a banana-shaped profile for catch-free riding. The true twin shape makes it easy to swap from regular to switch plus the soft flex means you’ll have perfected those ollies in no time. The Roxy Sugar Banana is a super easy ride and will give you the confidence to progress quickly.
Buy the Roxy Sugar Banana Snowboard here
RIDE RAPTURE SNOWBOARD
If you are relatively new to snowboarding, Ride have designed the perfect beginners snowboard for you. The Ride Rapture is a soft true twin women’s snowboard, which means you can easily switch from regular to goofy once you work out which way you ride. The wood foundation core is stable and supportive while also giving enough flex under foot to start practicing those ollies. The 2017 version of the Rapture includes a new Slimewall technology which reduces chatter underfoot at high speeds, perfect for the speed demons among us. Trust us, this board will help you progress well beyond the beginner stage - you’ll want to keep it for years.
Buy the Ride Rapture Snowboard here