[Niels Schack is down with some summer lovin’. Photo: Matt Georges]
In case you’re unaware, summer snowboarding is hands down one of the best kinds of snowboarding you can do. Ok, so we wouldn’t go as far as to say that it tops a powder day (that said, summer powder can be a thing, and a daaamn good thing to boot), but there’s something undeniably awesome about heading up to ride a glacier when valley temperatures are heavily in positive figures. Emerging at altitude to that particular smell you only seem to get on a glacier in summer, waiting for the bulletproof conditions to soften up so your edges actually hold, and then spending a few golden hours ripping through the park as landings get progressively softer, before slush slashing your way back to the lift to download in flip flops. All that topped off by an afternoon filled with crispy skateboarding, swimming and grilling. What’s not to love? Nothing, so check out a bunch of Euro resorts where you can snowboard in summer and get on it!
In honour of this often overlooked season of shredding, we’ll present you with some swag that’s perfect for this most confusingly epic of shred times…
Essential Gear for Summer Snowboarding – Park Snowboard/Slush Surfer
Though most glacier parks will have kickers of consequence and Olympic-sized superpipes, speed can be an issue due to the warm temperatures of summer. Unless you’re on a national team and have to train your triples on 25m+ jumps, we’d therefore suggest sacking off ultra-high performance riding and just concentrate on having as much fun as possible on the smaller jumps, jibs, and any trannyfinders that bubble up. In terms of what kind of board to bring, we’d recommend something that’s playful, and fun when you’re cruising, but has enough about it to plough through slush, dig trenches and pop you up on rails. And when the slush gets deep or if you’re not the biggest fan of jumping or jibbing, a super fun retro shape can help crank the fun-ometer up to 11.
“We’d recommend a board that’s playful, and fun when you’re cruising, but has enough about it to plough through slush, dig trenches and pop you up on rails.”