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What board for 1/2 park and 1/2 freeride?

I am 6 ft 200 lbs. I would consider myself a intermediate/advanced rider when it comes to normal terrain. I can ride anything on the mountain, though I do hate moguls. In the park I'm a beginner. I like to hit some jumps and would like to eventually try some boxes and maybe some rails. I just got back from Mt Snow and I think Carinthia is the greatest place on earth. I have read a lot about the boards that are out on the market and I'm just not sure what type of board I should be looking for. I guess in an ideal situation I would probably spend half of my time in the park and half of my time cruising the rest of the mountain with speed.

All that being said, the board I have now is quite stiff and I would like to have some flex to try some flat tricks with my new board.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I should add that most of my riding will be in PA with one 3 day trip to VT each year. Also, I'm 33, so I'm only growing horizontally now.

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I am 6 ft 200 lbs. I would consider myself a intermediate/advanced rider when it comes to normal terrain. I can ride anything on the mountain, though I do hate moguls. In the park I'm a beginner. I like to hit some jumps and would like to eventually try some boxes and maybe some rails. I just got back from Mt Snow and I think Carinthia is the greatest place on earth. I have read a lot about the boards that are out on the market and I'm just not sure what type of board I should be looking for. I guess in an ideal situation I would probably spend half of my time in the park and half of my time cruising the rest of the mountain with speed.

All that being said, the board I have now is quite stiff and I would like to have some flex to try some flat tricks with my new board.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Sounds a lot like myself. My group is split with boarders and skiers so we spend 1/2 the day ripping groomers and carving around. And the other half in the park or on slower trails where we can play a little.

I ride about 10x a year and had the thing for 10 years. I did my homework and decided I wanted a NS SL-R or Evo-R. I leaned toward the SL because I wanted more stability at speed. That is where injuries happen and I could sacrifice a bit of park performance for that added safety.

In the end, my connection could only get me an EVO-R with a big discount so I snagged it. Only have about 4 hours on it but I am very pleased. That whole time was spent at speed because I am getting used to the RC tech. It handles the fast groomers real well and is decent in the choppy stuff. I even had an easier time in the moguls on it. It is very noticeably flexxy. My butters/manuals got a lot longer but it still has great pop.

I think either deck is going to perform well in most conditions. I recommend a bit more skill with an EVO at speed.

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