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Best Women’s Carving Snowboards 2019-2020

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

This category is all about life on the edge. Carving has made a comeback of epic proportions- think Sylvester Stallone delivering that final glorious knockout punch to Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV. Turning and burning is no longer restricted to weird guys wearing skintight one-pieces and hard boots, carving is definitely one of the cool kids again.

“Turning and burning is no longer restricted to weird guys wearing skintight one-pieces and hard boots”

Most brands these days have brought a model out dedicated to digging trenches, and for some brands it’s even their raison d’être. At its very essence, carving is turning through the arc using your snowboards sidecut, rather than pedal turning, or skidding round. And it’s anything but boring. Take Tyler Chorlton or the Slice n’ Dice boys for instance. Once you get the basics down, the turn is your oyster.

Any board with an edge and a sidecut can carve in theory, but there are a few things that make a snowboard able to really put down turbo turns. A positive camber profile, a directional shape and a stiff core.

Camber

A positive camber profile delivers you life and aggression on piste and allows for increased stability through your turns. Camber offers increased energy feedback compared to a flat, or rockered profile. The board is essentially always pre-tensioned allowing for dynamic and powerful riding. Not every board in this list is full tip-to-tail camber, but for the carving purists out there it remains the gold standard for riding on the edge.

Directional Shape

A directional shape and sidecut allow you to drive through the turns and ensure that you’re rock solid through each phase of your carve. While not the most versatile shape, if you’re looking for a carving snowboard are you really wanting to spend half your time landing switch in the park?

Core

A core built with stiffer wood will inject a little extra life into every turn, but you’ll also want to pay attention to the extra materials that are added. Many boards nowadays feature carbon or Kevlar to increase dynamism and to soak up chatter as you’re going mach 10. If you’re trying to get deep, rail grabbing carves on a soft board it’ll start to wobble and fold, whereas a stiffer board can handle the pressure and respond instantly to rider input.

After that, it’s up to you if you want to opt for a snowboard with extra width in the waist, an asymmetric or disrupted sidecut, or some nanoparticle, supercharged, sintered base. While many of the boards below represent some of the most cutting-edge technology and shapes in snowboarding, they all hark back to the good old days of the sport’s origins – they’re all about the turn. The boards in this list were all chosen by our Test Team as their favourites for letting rip on the corduroy, and getting buckwild with the art of the carve.

Scroll down to view all the best women’s carving snowboards, or skip to a particular model using the links below

Korua Pencil | Bataleon Love Powder | Burton Story Board | Capita The Equalizer | Jones Mind Expander | Nidecker Odyssey | Bataleon Push Up | Burton Feelgood | Gnu Ladies Choice | Gnu Whip | Jones Airheart | Jones Flagship | K2 Cold Shoulder | K2 Cool Bean | Korua Cafe Racer | Lib Tech Dynamiss | Never Summer Lady West | Nidecker Princess | Ride Magic Stick | Rome Winterland | Salomon Bellevue | Yes Hel


Korua Pencil Snowboard 2019-2020

PRICE: €449
As with any snowboard built for tipping and gripping, it’s shaped around a directional outline with a sizeable taper from end to end. It’s a tale of two halves with the pencil, the nose of the board rolls easily into the turn but, as soon as you’re in, the dials crank up and pull you round the arc. Buckle up, you’re very much on for the ride with the Pencil.

Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Korua Pencil here

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Bataleon Love Powder Snowboard 2019-2020

PRICE: £429 / €500

Despite the name, the Love Powder isn’t a one trick pony- this is a board that will perform on the piste as well. The width will have your back if you’re getting into Eurocarve territory, with the bigger area underfoot putting paid to toe-verhang and drag as you’re cranking down. The camber profile allows the board to be responsive and aggressive on groomers, and you’re able to spring load the board for quick edge to edge response and a playful snap.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Bataleon Love Powder here

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    Burton Story Board Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £510 / €600

    The setback camber allows you to really drive with your back leg, getting you in and out of powerful turns with ease. The Dualzone EGD positions the wood grain in two continuous zones along the edges of the board, for a more solid and predictable edge hold. The high quality sintered base allows you to build up speed for those snappy turns without even trying.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Burton Story Board here

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    Capita The Equalizer Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £440 / €480

    A long cambered section in the middle of the board, combined with the Blended Radial Sidecut results in a lively board that’ll keep its momentum through the whole arc of your turn. The Flax Boosters will help to soak up some of the chatter through your carves and transfer your power more effectively leading to a super dynamic ride.

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  • Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Capita The Equalizer here


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    Jones Mind Expander Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £529 / €600

    The predominant rocker profile won’t make it the most aggressive board to ride on piste, but carbon additives in the nose help to keep the chatter at bay and the tighter sidecut and stiffer tail mean you still rail a carve like the best of them, when conditions are on point. The Traction Tech down the sidecut distorts the edge profile and adds contact points down the running length to offset drifting and really let you lock in and dig trenches.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Jones Women’s Mind Expander here

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    Nidecker Odyssey Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £375 / €400

    Cambered through the mid-section and tail, you’ll get stability and aggression when you get this thing up onto its edge, pair this with the Absorbnid topsheet which soaks up all the chatter and you’ll be smooth as sin. The N-7000 sintered base will let you pick up all the speed you need to get the Odyssey turning and burning.

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  • Selected for the Whitelines 100- take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Nidecker Odyssey here

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    Bataleon Push Up Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £399 / €470

    Tip to tail the Push Up is full camber, allowing you to load more pressure down the edges and keeping the board dynamic through the whole turn. The uplifted side-bases make the carve smoother by engaging the whole edge simultaneously and the narrow middle section allows the board to be nimble in the turn initiation.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Bataleon Push Up here

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    Burton Feelgood Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £480 / €550

    The full camber shape of the Feelgood offers a even and concentrated pressure down the edge of your board, allowing for a rock solid carve. The Frostbite edges extend out slightly underneath your bindings, doubling up on grip- especially on the hardpack.

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    Gnu Ladies Choice Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £510 / €570

    The DNA of the Ladies Choice makes it a veritable piste destroyer. Gnu’s C2x camber profile combines subtle rocker between the feet, with camber under each binding for the perfect marriage of aggression and liveliness. The Ladies Choice is asymmetric to give you more power and drive through your heelside, so you’ll be able to create a better balance between your heels and toes whilst carving.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Gnu Ladies Choice here

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    Gnu Whip Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £430 / €480

    Utilising Gnu’s C3 profile, it’s a super mild rocker between the feet, with a dominant camber underfoot out towards the contact points. The camber dominance, plus Gnu’s magnetraction down the edge means you’ll be able to get locked into your turns with ease.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Gnu Whip here

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    Jones Airheart Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £490 / €600

    Jones TractionTech improves grip on hardpack and ice by increasing the amount of contact points down the edges giving you that extra confidence when you’re digging trenches on piste. The Airheart has a stiffer flex to keep you stable at speed, and a camber dominant profile to keep it dynamic through all the points of your turn.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Jones Airheart here

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    Jones Flagship Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £569 / €650

    With a pretty stiff flex you’ve got the power to pump in and out of your turns at breakneck speed, and you’ll be super stable while you’re going mach 10. Flax stringers transfer power to the edges quickly and efficiently, making the Flagship able to turn on a dime and lay into carves at the speed of light.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Jones Flagship here

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    K2 Cold Shoulder Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £400 / €450

    A positive camber shape gives it a super long effective edge, and if you’re a rider who’s got a real yearning for turning then you’ll love getting low into carves on this badboy. Quick and responsive in and out of turns when you want it to be, it will hold its edge through the long, slow carves as well. This is a piste destroyer in a pretty package.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 K2 Cold Shoulder here

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    K2 Cool Bean Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £370

    The tight, tapered sidecut makes carving on a short board not just a reality, but a pleasure. For a carving enthusiast the extra width comes in handy when you’re getting into eurocarve territory, you’ll not have to worry about getting any toe drag whatsoever. The swallow tail allows each portion to flex independently increasing the edge hold through the end of your carves.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 K2 Cool Bean here

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    Korua Café Racer Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: €449

    The directional tapered shape is loaded up with a full camber between the contact points. Turn initiation feels super smooth but, within a matter of seconds, the snowboard pulls you into the vortex. KORUA’s carving specific sidecut locks you in and ploughs through just about every kind of snow condition. And with the additional width underfoot there’s minimal chance of having your heels or toes dragging along the surface when you’re getting your lean on.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Korua Café Racer here

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    Lib Tech Dynamiss Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £430 / €480

    Each foot has a camber section underneath it, allowing for precision and aggression on piste. Any extra grip required can always be found in the ‘Magne-Traction’ – a serrated style edge increasing the contact points through the turn to maximise grip, even in the worst conditions. The tighter, tapered tail helps to snap you out of every turn.

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    Never Summer Lady West Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £559 / €649

    A narrower waist, smaller sidecut radius, and a tailored flex pattern in the core, makes the Lady West nimbler than its male equivalent, and thus less power is required for getting those turns in. Carbon lay up transfers energy from your bindings out towards the contact points for increased grip through your turns.

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    Nidecker Princess Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £475 / €500

    The camber profile snaps you out of your turns, and provides more energy feedback than a flat or rockered board. If you’re looking to get those high speed carves in , the stiffer flex of the Princess will keep you stable through the turns.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Nidecker Princess here

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    Ride Magic Stick Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £395 / €450

    A strip of carbon runs either edge of the board parallel to each other increasing pop and stability. They also store energy which is released down the strip throughout your turn to enhance grip and deliver a more uniform feel. Carbon stringers run from under the bindings to the opposite edge contact point, these help to transfer the energy you provide efficiently and result in lightning fast response.

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    Rome Winterland Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £460 / €530

    Rome have milled out the core outside the inserts at the tail of the board and inserted two thin carbon rods. These get loaded up with energy through turns and give an extra kick under your back foot so you can slash harder and get more response. The stiffer flex lets you go wild when you’re razzing around on piste, and keeps you feeling stable and rock solid when you’re laying into those carves.

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  • Take a closer look at the 2019-2020 Rome Winterland here

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    Salomon Bellevue Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £410

    The sintered base makes sure you can charge down the groomers all day long, whilst the quadratic side cuts allow you to hold an edge really nicely through the entirety of the turn. This thing also turns on a dime, so don’t be afraid to get low and rail ’em out.

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    YES. Hel Women’s Snowboard 2019-2020

    PRICE: £439

    A cambered section between the bindings keeps it poppy and dynamic through the turns, and helps you drive with your back leg when powering through the end of your carve. The Underbite sections disrupt the edge pattern, it pulls the edge inwards towards the bindings and redistributes the energy to where you need it most during the initiation, hold, and release of your turns. Basically, it grips better on the sketchy stuff and leaves you with a smoother carve.

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