Speed is subjective and without seeing you ride and seeing at what speed you get spooked, it is hard to give accurate advice...
...In general however, speed comes naturally with confidence. When you feel in control, you will have the confidence to go faster within reason. Do you have any control issues that give you reason to lack confidence at speed?
Now depending on the speed we are talking about and the snow conditions, yes your board absolutely can and does make a difference. Try bombing a bumpy icy run at 50 MPH on park noodle versus doing it on stiff, damp free ride board; huge difference and this difference will translate into your confidence to go fast.
Snow conditions also make a difference. I slow down on hard, churned up icy crud but will point it in powder or on fresh groomed corduroy. Part of speed control is also common sense so keep in mind that just because someone else may be bombing a run, you might just be riding responsibly to ride in control.
It was very cool to read this today,.. I just got back from 3 days up north & the conditions were pretty good, although it was good hard-packed powder with 3-5 inches of fresh being added on top, it was very
bumpy & cut up as hell. I thought I was riding it pretty damn fast on both the Arbor & the RGR! Both boards handled it really well,.. That is until they ran a couple groomers down the runs after dark on Sat. night!
They put down about two strips of fresh corduroy down each of the Black diamonds,.. (...yes, these were at least decent black runs!
) I got going S-O-O-O-O fast that I scared the livin' shit outta myself. I kept thinking that the Rome was never
gonna hold the turns at these speeds, but in the fresh groomers it bit in really sweet! I know I never went that fast down ANY blue or black run I've been on before!!
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!! I kept following the groomers to each of the Back & Blue runs they were working and just FLYING down them! After the first run, I never once felt out of control! I was definitely "In Control" but it still scared the shit out of me!! But the kind of scared I was feeling after the first run was Not,.. Oh shit I'm fucked!! It was,.. "Holy shit this is awesome
fuckin' fast!!!" Once I saw that even the Rome rocker would hold a line on the smoothed out stuff, my confidence increased & I know I set several personal best's for speed on half a dozen of those runs! Scared shitless and smiling ear to ear down all of 'em!!!!
I was Jacked Up and Jabberin'
from the adrenaline high for an hour after!!!
Just wish there'd been enough time to go and get the Arbor out of check and point that sucker down a couple of those freshly groomed runs!! It would have been all tracked up & cut to hell by the time I could! None of it lasted longer than two or three runs before getting all bumped up again!
But while it lasted,.. It was SWEET!!!!!