I am a 5'4, 140lbs, athletic woman who is riding single and exploring double blues in Telluride, CO. I am in serious need of a new board.
I mostly ride the mountain (aggressively and fast; speed and carving are my friends), back country areas with powder (but not heavy avalanche areas though) and I am trying ollies and jumps with grabs. I would eventually like to work up to riding railings, but I am mostly interested being on the mountain and using the natural terrain to try tricks (trees, moguls, sides of the slopes etc). I ride right foot in front, left foot in back as well.
I am interested in getting a board that will last me a long time and I won't have to trade it in for a new one in the next two or three seasons. It is also important for me to have a board that will continue to challenge me season after season as I eventually progress from an intermediate to advanced boarder. Right now, I would call myself an intermediate boarder.
I was looking at three women's ROME boards (where I work I can get a great deal on a ROME snowboard) and I found:
- ROME Blue
- ROME Vinyl
- ROME Jett
I get a season pass with my winter job, so I will be on the slopes 4 to 6 times a week .
Which one of these three women's ROME boards would be the best fit for what I am looking for??
If there are other boards from other companies that might suite me better, please suggest them. I am partial to ROME right now because other women I know that have them really like them.
I can also get a good deal on Burton, Atomic and Salomon snowboards.
I also have no idea what size I should get. Any ideas??
I believe I was a 152 with my old snowboard and that size seems too short now.
Thanks a lot for your help and comments!!