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I still say that wight training is great for snowboarding and just about any sport.
It may make you stiffer if you do a lot of it during the season, but in the off season it is excellent and there are plenty of programs that don't make you bulky.
I've been lifting on and off for years and I'm not bulky at all. I am much stronger now and yes, the muscles are bigger, but if you are smart and train to keep yourself from being bulky, you won't be bulky.
I agree that flexibility, endurance and core strength are EXTREMELY important but so is strength and BONE DENSITY, especially bone density... and weight training is excellent for both.
i've just moved into what I refer to as my conditioning weight training... which means that the weight is now lighter with less sets, more reps and many different exercises. This mixed with lots of cardio and core training are excellent ways to push into the season. Once the season starts, I'll lift much less but keep the core and cardio up to speed.