Each year as summer turns into fall, we can rest assured that our favorite companies will release a selection of snowboards designed to enhance our experience on hill. At this point, with the abundance or shapes, lengths, camber profiles, edge and sidecut variations, core designs, and more sustainable materials at an all-time high, it’s possible to get precisely the board you are looking for, whether you’re interested in towrope park laps, early morning pow runs, holding an edge on hardpack, or all of the above and then some. From true twins designed for the jib line to big-nosed powder guns ready to drop in post-storm, to shore and wide decks that are designed for a bit of it all, the hardest decision may be whether you want to add to your selection of situation-specific boards or if a quiver killer is in the cards for your season—maybe the answer is both. To help get you started in your search of what board to add to your stash this winter, here are fourteen of our favorites that run the gamut in size, shape, and style. – Mary T. Walsh
• Gender Agnostic Sizing
• Directional Camber
• The Channel
• Recycled Sintered WFO base
Sizes: 144, 149, 154, 159, 164
MSRP: USD $549.95
Pow chasing floater for extra fluff float from first chair to last lap.
New for 2021, Burton has expanded on its beloved Family Tree line with gender agnostic sizing. Each Family Tree board is available in extended lengths that are specifically tailored for each particular size—i.e., smaller boards feature lighter weaves of glass to accommodate more petite riders while keeping flex appropriate and consistent. Offered in sizes ranging from 144 to 164, the Burton Family Tree Big Gulp is a directional deck built to realize your powder-chasing dreams. Deep sidecut and 12mm of taper make this wider board nimble, enabling you to easily navigate any pow-laden terrain. While the Big Gulp prioritizes float in the deep stuff, it is equally at home in a mixed bag of conditions thanks to Directional Camber—rocker in the nose for lift, combined with traditional camber underfoot for response and stability. Of course, the Big Gulp is endowed with Burton’s proprietary Channel system, which makes it simple to dial in the perfect stance and is compatible with all major bindings. Ridden by lauded Powder Hound Mikey Rencz, the Big Gulp is a definite go when you’re stacking free refills, but we recommend grabbing it for hotlapping between storms, too.