Our top 15 snowboards you need this season - plus 3 snowboards for beginner women looking to step up the progression. From all-around boards for ladies just getting into riding, to specialty boards to add to your quiver, we have this year's list of favorite boards that the ladies on our crew love. Scroll to find the best of powder, all-mountain, park and more!
To find the best of the best 2018-19 snowboards we polled hundreds of women in our ambassador program to learn what they love. We then reviewed the snowboards and put together this list of top choices for each riding style. We hope to help you find a snowboard that rides great and is unique to you.
Because many riders don't have the time or money to ride a different snowboard in every situation, every brand works to find a design that provides the ultimate balance between freestyle playfulness and freeride control. Lately for all-mountain boards, we've been preferring more of an all-mountain/park design - something that's designed to handle more of an aggressive carve than your average noodly jib board, but still keeps the fun factor that has you hitting wind lips and side hits on your way down the hill. These boards are selected with a more advanced rider in mind, so if you're just getting started, scroll down to our top boards for progression.
If freeride is your jam, but you want to hit those wind lips and log jibs with confidence, consider this super fun twin tip board. This board has a medium-stiff flex, with camber underfoot and rocker at the tip and tail, so you can charge everything from powder to trees with confidence, but still have a little fun in the park.
Jesse Graves says:
I feel really confident carving as it holds an edge so nice, it floats on powder, and I find it has loads of pop for hitting side hits or kickers
Roksane Hirschi says:
With a freeride soul and freestyle shape it's perfect for both.
Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who is looking for a board that excels in freeride terrain, but can handle the whole mountain. .
It's a stiffer, more aggressive all mountain board for intermediate to advanced ladies who like to get their carve on! Even though it's a little stiffer compared to most women's boards it's still playful and fast edge to edge. Definitely does the zoom zoom.
Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who is looking for a mid-flex snowboard that's good all over the mountain, and handles aggressive terrain well.
This board designed by pro-rider Jamie Anderson to be a versatile quiver-killer. Whether you're getting sendy in the park, or tackling freeride terrain, this board will put a smile on your face. The magne traction and aggressive C2 camber profile make it especially a favorite of riders who deal with a lot of icy conditions. The asymmetrical sidecut profile helps it to carve like a dream.
Courtney Black says:
I love the board because it allows me to be confident on the mountain and try new things. It’s poppy when needed and just an overall fun board.
Ntami Enang says:
I’ve ridden this board in icy settings as well as groomers and backcountry, LOVE carving and doing jumps with this board!
Just right for: Intermediate to advanced riders looking for a fun all-around board that's on the stiffer side of a medium flex. This board handles great on icy conditions, for our ice coast readers!
This small company out of Colorado is best known for building big mountain snowboards, great in the powder and steeps of their Silverton home. The Oracle takes that technology into more of an all-mountain feel with a freestyle edge, featuring a softer, directional twin design. Venture's camber profile features a powder-friendly rocker - flat between the feet, with a rocker twip and tail.
Jen Jones says:
The Oracle is amazing. It's soft and playful and floats over powder!
Just right for: Big mountain focused riders who love to hit up the whole mountain, and backcountry riders looking for a splitboard that has a more playful side to it.
Just right for: A rider looking to get carvy on the groomers, or sendy on the jumps. The traditional camber of this board helps it hold an edge like a champ, and can handle fast speeds, big airs and all sorts of good times.
Whether you're just starting out in the park, or working your way through more advanced skills, a snowboard that's designed with the park in mind can have a major impact on progression. Our favorite women's freestyle snowboards often have a softer flex and a playful camber profile, making them fun for riders who take a playful approach to all-around riding, as well as riders who need a board that they'll primarily use in the terrain park.
This award winning park board offers a super fun ride at an affordable price point, making it a jibber favorite. Quite a few of our ambassadors ride it and love it, and it consistently makes lists like the 2019 Transworld Good Wood Awards. Capita's hybrid rocker Freedom V2 profile makes turns catch-free and locking in your presses smooth and easy. That combined with the quick turn initiation, and soft flex make it adaptable for beginner-intermediate progression through more advanced tricks on rails and boxes.
Grace Hiljus says:
This board is absolutely perfect. I’ve learned so many tricks on it and rarely catch my edges. It is so light, flexy, and playful.
Alli Kadler Says:
If you want a super buttery, playful park and pow stick, that's your board!
Just right for: A rider looking to progress in the park, with a focus on jibs, smaller jumps, and butterability. This board is fun around the mountain, and rocker profile handles powder quite well, but it wouldn't be our top pick for freeride.
Building the playful fun of a park board into something that you'll love all over the mountain, the eco friendly Niche Minx will be your new favorite for a variety of conditions. This board is lightweight, with a flat-camber design that's snappy enough for freeriding, but mellow enough to be catch-free on rails. For icy conditions, the edge features two mellow Magne-Traction points.
Ava Cook says:
It's somewhat soft and playful but it's still awesome for mountain freeriding. The graphic is also so cool!
Ntami Etang says:
I use this as my all-mountain park board, LOVE how lightweight and fluffy this board is. It feels great on boxes.
Adele Zeh says:
I love it, it's light, poppy, responsive, and I really got the feeling that I wasn't riding a women's board that you can tell isn't made with the same quality and stuff as mens.
Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider who is looking for an all-mountain board that excels in the park. Great for an eco-conscious rider looking to lessen their environmental footprint!
With a medium-soft flex and Bataleon's Triple Base Technology, this board is made for the park. Jibbers love the shaped triple base technology to lock in on rails and never catches, but the board retains enough pop and edge control to hit larger features or cruise the mountain. The triple base also adds to powder float and pushes through cruddy conditions.
Kelly Vance says:
Marina Sanchez says:
It definitely slays in the park and is very forgiving, but don’t deny it's versatility! Go from park to pow to corduroy effortlessly!
Just right for: Intermediate/Advanced park riders who want a board that'll handle the whole mountain and go fast without getting chattery.
The award-winning Salomon Gypsy was another top pick for park from our ambassadors. The Gypsy has Salomon's "Rock Out" camber which is flat between the bindings, with a small section of camber underfoot, and a rocker tip and tail for presses and butters. This design gives it some of the edge control of a traditionally cambered board, but with a looser feel. The rocker profile also gives it good float in powder. This board is a favorite of pro rider Desiree Melancon.
Catrin Butler says:
"It is super soft and flexy which is awesome in the park and has lots of pop."
Just right for: a rider looking for a park board that still butters like a dream, with enough pop to ollie onto those rails
Just right for: An intermediate to advanced rider looking for a park board that is especially fun on rails, but can handle carves and jumps well too.
Whether you prefer wide open powdery deepness, steep chutes or slashing through trees, big mountain snowboards have seen some major innovations over the past few years. Here are our crew's picks for some great boards. Pick your poison: surfy swallowtails, hard charging carve boards, or park inspired all-mountain freeride boards.
The setback and shape of this board is clearly designed for the deep powder, but it is also versatile enough to ride as an all-mountain board. It has the directional rock out camber profile meant for float and control. The middle of the board is flat for stability, near your feet is camber for response, then the tip and tail extend to rocker for float. The board is a bit wider and shorter for a powerful and responsive set up. It has a medium flex perfect for pop and great edge to edge turns.
Just right for: Big mountain riders who seek out the powder and steeps but would like to hit other parts of the mountain every once in a while. I would not recommend this board to beginners or anyone who doesn’t prefer powder riding.
This board has been on our top list for 3 years in a row now, and rightfully so. And it seems as if the graphics just keep getting better. Leanne Pelosi designed this versatile board to float in powder. It is short and nimble for that modern surf feeling. It’s a directional camber baseline with camber between your feet and rocker on the tip and tail for extra float. It has a stiffer flex, and is very light and maneuverable.
Perfect for powder lovers but also people who want to play on other parts of the mountain as well.
Just right for: Riders who enjoy riding a powder and trees, and love a surfy feel to their snowboard. If you enjoy all aspects of the mountain and powder this board is great.
The Arbor Swoon Rocker is another big mountain board that we just love. Always beautiful on the graphics front, this board combines a surfy feeling rocker, twin shape and medium flex for a versatile ride that'll have you slashing pow and hitting cornices. It is perfect for high speeds major turns, and deep powder. The rocker profile floats powder like nothing else. For a more aggressive and poppy feel, Arbor also offers a camber version, great for those who need improved edge hold for icy conditions, or just some additional pop and stability on steep terrain.
We love that this also comes in a splitboard, bringing that playful feel that we love into the backcountry.Kelly Vance says:
Just right for: A rider who spends most of her time looking for fast runs, tight trees and powder stashes, and loves doing tricks in natural terrain. Intermediate-advanced riders will be the most comfortable on this board.
The addition of Asymmetrical technology to Gnu's super fun B-Nice has made this long-running entry level park favorite even easier to turn. This board's designers focused on creating an intuitive board feel that helps beginner through intermediate riders feel confident all over the mountain. The soft flex make learning anything from your first turns to butters and presses easy and fun, and the camber pattern
Tayler VanNosdall Says:
The B-Nice has really helped me to overall improve my riding, whether in the park or in the powder!
Just right for: A beginner to intermediate snowboarder looking to progress, especially those with an eye towards getting into the park at some point. This is one of the best handling beginner boards for icy and hard-packed conditions, so if that's the norm at your home resort, consider this board as a top choice.
The K2 First Lite is a perfect board to learn on with little frustration. WIth a rocker baseline, it is a lot harder to catch your edge. Which means, less falling!! It’s a very soft board which makes it more forgiving and playful once you start to progress. You’ll love learning on this board. Crafted to help new shredders develop their skills quickly and as frustration-free as possible.
Just right for: A beginner snowboarder that wants a very forgiving yet playful board that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Anyone who wants to fall on their bum as little as possible.
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