Despite all the faff that comes with actually getting it to the mountains, it’s always better to have your own snowboard rather than rent one. The more you get used the same piece of kit, the easier it is to progress quickly.
How To Choose A Snowboard
- Stiff vs Soft Snowboards
- What Size Snowboard Do I Need?
- Camber vs Rocker
- Snowboard Shapes Explained
- Do You Need A Wide Snowboard?
Just about every brand out there caters to the beginner market, with a wide variety of shapes, profiles and designs. The jury’s still out on what the very best layup is for those first tentative turns, but figuring out what works for you will be part of the fun.
“The more you get used the same piece of kit, the easier it is to progress quickly”
Just make sure you plan ahead and get something that you won’t outgrow; don’t buy something tapered, for example, if you plan to spend most of your sophomore days in the park.
It’s also important to note that, while a lot of entry-level models come in at the lower end of the price scale, don’t assume that all less expensive boards are for beginners, or vice versa. That’s why we have a list of the Best Value Snowboards for 2018/19 too.
There are loads more out there that we didn’t get our hands on, but here’s what we rate for newbies this winter.
Scroll down to view all the best entry-level snowboards, or skip to a particular model using the links below