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Hey all,

I just started riding this year, and I've got about 14 days in so far. I know a pro can shred on anything, but I'm looking for some help to match my stats and preferred riding style with the ideal board.

After the last 2 days of knee to waist deep pow my back leg will never be the same. I have a knot in my quad the size of a cantaloupe. I started on a 2012 Raygun 159 I bought for $220 from Evo. It's been a great board to learn on, but it seems a little short for me and too soft.

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5'10"
195ish (200+ geared up)
US 9 - 9.5 (depends on the boot)

I live in Northern Coastal BC so PNW type of conditions. I have trip coming up to Utah next month and a nice bonus coming in just before then. :D Daddy wants a new board.

As for riding style, pretty much strictly freeride (zero interest in park). I've left the groomers and I'm just starting to experiment with steeps and trees. I like popping on rollers and wind lips and would like to work on carving when I'm not riding deep pow. I've been practicing a little switch and I can link turns switch on greens.

I would like something that is serviceable switch, but it isn't a must. My priorities are float, dampness, speed. However, I also want a board that I can maneuver in trees. So, what are some good options for a guy my size for waist deep PNW or Utah powder, natural jumps, and high speed groomers? It would also be nice to be able to butter or press a little on the groomers, but I guess I have the Raygun for that.

So far I'm thinking Never Summer Premier F1, Raptor, or GNU Billy Goat. I'm also thinking 162 - 164 cm for length.

Thoughts?

Thanks! :bowdown:
 

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I don't think you want to go as stiff as the F1 or Raptor for your skill level. The Cobra seems right up your alley for float, while still being playful and great all mountain as needed.
 

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why go for a hybrid board at all (that's what I assume those never summer's are) - just go for a full powder board. You'll have your raygun for the no new snow days.

Burton fish, etc
 

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I have rode a Raptor and Cobra on pow days, like 30+ cm and both were great, I just can't swallow the price tag. I then rode a Capita Charlie Slasher on a pow day and it is $$ and a hell of a lot cheaper. Plus with a name like Charlie Slasher who doesn't want to ride one. Also, I agree with this statement so much mine will be here on Monday. Here is hoping March dumps as much as it did last year.

Also.... lives in BC, takes trip to Utah.... wtf?
 

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Also.... lives in BC, takes trip to Utah.... wtf?
Ouch... .

edit: sorry I can't wait for your reply -

You do know Utah averages more snowfall per season than BC resorts (fernie/revelstoke/whitewater) not to mention that it's light as smoke powder. The terrain may be a wash, some prefer the steep rocky wasatch some prefer the smooth bc.

Also, who would ever want to ski the same area over and over again? Are you telling me you never want to leave BC? You don't want to ride Jackson? The Sierras? Montana? Baker? Hood? AK? Europe? Japan?

Isn't a huge aspect of snowboarding to travel all over the world to ride?


Fun Powder boards for the OP:



Ride Berzerker - would be my number one choice - watch recent footage of jake blauvelt, this is his pro model -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fNOKhGED8



Ride Highlife
Never Summer Heritage
Salomon Powder Snake
Lib tech La Nina
Lib Tech T.Rice
Gnu Billy Goat
Ride Slackcountry

I could go on but it seems the Berzerker is what you need.
 

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I don't think you want to go as stiff as the F1 or Raptor for your skill level. The Cobra seems right up your alley for float, while still being playful and great all mountain as needed.
Don't want another "all mountain" board. I want stiff, damp, fast with great float (way less rear leg burn). Everything else isn't important. I want something I can take for a hike, stay afloat all day without my leg falling off, yet still haul ass on the groomers.

why go for a hybrid board at all (that's what I assume those never summer's are) - just go for a full powder board. You'll have your raygun for the no new snow days.

Burton fish, etc
The Raygun is slow and soft and not very stable at speed. I'm really looking more to replace it.
 

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I was looking for a board similar you you and decided on the never summer raptor but also considered the yes pick your line and the jones flagship.
 

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I have rode a Raptor and Cobra on pow days, like 30+ cm and both were great, I just can't swallow the price tag. I then rode a Capita Charlie Slasher on a pow day and it is $$ and a hell of a lot cheaper. Plus with a name like Charlie Slasher who doesn't want to ride one. Also, I agree with this statement so much mine will be here on Monday. Here is hoping March dumps as much as it did last year.

Also.... lives in BC, takes trip to Utah.... wtf?
Thanks, I've heard of the Charlie Slasher. I will check it out. Although price isn't really the issue. I'm looking for a board I can ride for a few years to come. With the 3 year warranty, I don't feel so bad dropping the $ for the Never Summer.
 

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Thanks! My local carries Ride I'll have to see if he'll let me demo one.

Ride Berzerker - would be my number one choice - watch recent footage of jake blauvelt, this is his pro model -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fNOKhGED8



Ride Highlife
Never Summer Heritage
Salomon Powder Snake
Lib tech La Nina
Lib Tech T.Rice
Gnu Billy Goat
Ride Slackcountry

I could go on but it seems the Berzerker is what you need.
 

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I thought about the Yes, but is seems like BA or somebody was hating on the Pick Your Line???

I haven't looked at Jones much, I'll do that.

I was looking for a board similar you you and decided on the never summer raptor but also considered the yes pick your line and the jones flagship.
 

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ok, so you want a pow board that will still haul ass on the groomers, and something stiff.

as mentioned,
ride berzerker
ride highlife
rossignol experience
k2 ultra dream

if going switch isn't a priority, then the burton cheetah would be something special
 

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Thanks, I've heard of the Charlie Slasher. I will check it out. Although price isn't really the issue. I'm looking for a board I can ride for a few years to come. With the 3 year warranty, I don't feel so bad dropping the $ for the Never Summer.
The only NS options that make sense are the Summit and, to a much lesser extent, the Cobra.
 

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Ouch... .

edit: sorry I can't wait for your reply -

You do know Utah averages more snowfall per season than BC resorts (fernie/revelstoke/whitewater) not to mention that it's light as smoke powder. The terrain may be a wash, some prefer the steep rocky wasatch some prefer the smooth bc.

Also, who would ever want to ski the same area over and over again? Are you telling me you never want to leave BC? You don't want to ride Jackson? The Sierras? Montana? Baker? Hood? AK? Europe? Japan?

Isn't a huge aspect of snowboarding to travel all over the world to ride?
I guess I was more less throwing that out there because I knew this was his first season and I think he has only ridden the one small resort where he is from. Tons of BC to explore with out going all the way down there. Also, not going to lie but I haven't even looked into a resort in Utah. I guess being from BC I am biased in my opinion and I have just been super stoked riding where I am. Just had my best day ever riding on Saturday, took on some stuff I hadn't before and launched some small cliffs and other fun stuff. I have around 50 days riding so far in two season and still haven't seen all of Whitewater. With that being said I certainly do want to ride other places, but I still have so much in BC to day and some just over in AB. As far "traveling", my goal is Japan. I do want to do maybe Whistler or Hood this summer though for a camp or something, fill the void. If one was going to come from BC to Utah where would one be most happy to ride?
 

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Snowbird/Snowbasin/Solitude/Brighton/Powder Mountain are all my favorite -

I'd avoid Park City resorts - they're more park oriented and get about half the snowfall.

It's funny because all the Utah resorts are pretty much right next to each other - You have 7 resorts within 35 minutes of downtown Salt Lake City and 4 more within an hour.

:)

I know how you feel, I'm originally from California so I thought Mammoth and June Mtn. were the shit and all I needed before I got bored and did my research on ski towns and SLC is where it all seemed to be. So I finished high school and came out here. Although BC is definitely my next stop when I move away. :thumbsup:
 

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Snowbird/Snowbasin/Solitude/Brighton/Powder Mountain are all my favorite -

I'd avoid Park City resorts - they're more park oriented and get about half the snowfall.

It's funny because all the Utah resorts are pretty much right next to each other - You have 7 resorts within 35 minutes of downtown Salt Lake City and 4 more within an hour.

:)

I know how you feel, I'm originally from California so I thought Mammoth and June Mtn. were the shit and all I needed before I got bored and did my research on ski towns and SLC is where it all seemed to be. So I finished high school and came out here. Although BC is definitely my next stop when I move away. :thumbsup:
Are those all like "big" full resorts? I have never been to a large resort yet and I know the kind of person I am and doubt I would enjoy dealing with all the people. Though having more terrain maybe I could avoid more people?? lol Thanks for the info!
 

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Sorry OP for kind of hi-jacking your thread!

But Snowbird is the only real big resort-resort. Best terrain and snowfall so that's why it gets crowded. Same with Snowbasin.

All the rest are local, mom n pop type mountains, I can't remember the last time I've waited in a lift line, they are smaller but still have incredible terrain and snowfall totals.
 

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If you got the cash...just do up a billygoat split for future bc missions. I also got a CS 164 which is great for deep float crusing stuff....but the billygoat is soooo much fun and will cover more bases...its my go to board unless its silly deep.
 

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Actually I'm from Utah. It's not a snowboarding trip. It is a visit back home. I will probably go every year.

Also, my wife doesn't ride so touring BC to ride just isn't going to happen.

Now that I've justified my travel plans, can we get back to talking about boards? :D


I guess I was more less throwing that out there because I knew this was his first season and I think he has only ridden the one small resort where he is from. Tons of BC to explore with out going all the way down there. Also, not going to lie but I haven't even looked into a resort in Utah. I guess being from BC I am biased in my opinion and I have just been super stoked riding where I am. Just had my best day ever riding on Saturday, took on some stuff I hadn't before and launched some small cliffs and other fun stuff. I have around 50 days riding so far in two season and still haven't seen all of Whitewater. With that being said I certainly do want to ride other places, but I still have so much in BC to day and some just over in AB. As far "traveling", my goal is Japan. I do want to do maybe Whistler or Hood this summer though for a camp or something, fill the void. If one was going to come from BC to Utah where would one be most happy to ride?
 
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