Originally Posted by LoEdge
First off, thanks for the responses. i agree the skate banana i guess is not the ideal board for what i am doing, however it was my first board and i wasn't sure what i wanted to do and/or the person that sold it to my didn't understand what kind of board i wanted. As far as the conditions i ride in, i live in the north east and go to killington about 10-15 times a season and to local mountains quite a bit, mostly its hard packed granular and ice at the local mountains and at killington the conditions are usually good, if they dont get any snow there usually good about making it. Also, im going to mont tremblant in early jan and if usually snows non-stop there so hopefully ill get some good power conditions while im there. I just dont want a board thats similar to the skate banana, because im going to be taking them both where ever i go (esp. to mont trembling) and depending on the conditions and what i feel like doing for the day, i can easily switch.
Sounds like a good plan. I used to ride Killington and Loon Valley a lot with a longer trip up to Orford/St Anne/Tremblant late January (only place we could reliably get East Coast deep powder).
Never Summer have very good edge hold so I think they are still in the running. Beyond that, because I don't know your ability level/preference it's hard for me to suggest a particular board between the Cobra, Premier, or Raptor... I'm leaning towards the Cobra as that will be still very different in feel from the Skate Banana... without going completely hardcore freeriding as the Premier and Raptor are. Also realize that I have not actually ride the Cobra/Premier/Raptor... I've only ridden 2003, 2012 Evo, 2012 Proto, and 2008, 2009, 2012 SL and am extrapolating from my experiences with those boards.