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Best Women’s Snowboards For 2021-2022 | Our Pick Of This Season’s Best Snowboards For Ladies

Need a snowboard to ride park, piste, powder and everything in between? Here's a list of our favourite women's snowboards for this season.

Over the last few years we’ve seen an incredible explosion of talent on the women’s scene, and as such, brands have been scrambling to get their women’s selection up to scratch. While it’s not quite hit the 50/50 mark just yet, there’s no denying that some of the female specific options on offer this season far outdo the men’s equivalent. They’ve grown out of the ‘shrink it and pink it’ stage, and now women’s snowboards are manufactured to cater purposefully for the women’s market.

“We spent last season riding hundreds of snowboards to find the crème de la crème’

So, what is the best snowboard? Is there even such a thing? Or is this a wild goose chase akin to circumnavigating the globe hunting for the lost Ark of the Covenant? The truth is, that much like people, snowboards are all different. There’s a time and a place for each and every one, the choice is personal, and it takes a little bit of introspection to decipher which snowboard is the right one for you.

We spent last season riding hundreds of snowboards to find the crème de la crème and each one listed below consistently impressed our team of testers. Our list includes a few big hitters, a couple of curveballs and some newcomers that made one hell of a splash. A mix of freestyle, freeride, and all-mountain, something to suit every ability and budget, different style preferences and most importantly, all made for ladies who rip.

One snowboard to do it all. Rider: Henry Shackleton (Pic: Ed Blomfield)

What To Look For When Buying A Snowboard

Shape

The shape is probably the first thing you’ll notice when seeing a snowboard, is it a super directional charger with a fat swallow tail, or does it sport a classic look with a twin outline? There’s no ‘correct’ shape for a snowboard, it all depends on what you’re going to be using it for. All-mountain snowboards tend to roll with a directional twin outline, freestyle focused decks traditionally rock a true twin shape, and freeride boards normally stick to the directional end of the spectrum. Have a think about your style of riding and go from there.

Profile

There are an abundance of different profiles on the market, each brand seems to do things slightly differently, but again it will come down to preference and riding style. More aggressive riders tend to favour cambered profiles, delivering pop, precision and power but they can ‘submarine’ in deeper snow, while rocker offers increased manoeuvrability, float in powder and forgiveness but can feel unstable at speed.

Many snowboards these days adopt a hybrid profile, combining camber, rocker and even flat sections to bring a versatile and adaptable experience to the table.

“We believe the following boards should be serious contenders for your weapon of choice for 2020/21”

Construction

Flex ratings are scored out of ten, and it all comes down to the type of rider you are, and the type of terrain you’ll be spending most of your time on. Softer boards are generally more suited to newer riders, or those who’ll be spending their time playing around and jibbing between the park ropes. The stiffer the flex, the more aggressive the ride, and they’re more geared towards charging big mountain lines, or slicing up freshly groomed corduroy.

It’s worth bearing in mind most of these boards feature women’s specific construction, they’re ideal for smaller frames or feet, more easily manoeuvrable and thankfully, not all pink and sparkly.

As with most things in life, there’s no right or wrong with it, the choice is very subjective. But whatever your ability, budget, or riding style, we believe the following boards should be serious contenders for your weapon of choice for 2021/22.

Best Women’s Snowboards 2021-2022


Burton Hometown Hero (Unisex0 Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Freeride Snowboard
PRICE: £560 / €600 / $630

Here’s a thought (and please bear with us): how likely is it that Elvis Presley would have changed music and popular culture forever had he come up playing to working men’s clubs in a small town on the outskirts of Glasgow? Likewise, would John “Wizard of Wishaw” Higgins have won four snooker world championships had he spent his formative years perfecting his cueing in a Mississippi trailer park?

Our point is, the nature of a local legend has a lot to do with where you’re at – and this board is no different. It was designed with the tightly-packed trees and grisly terrain typical of the B’s home state of Vermont. If that sounds not unlike your own patch, your saviour has arrived.

Who Is The Burton Hometown Hero For?

While it doesn’t have the eye-catching silhouette of some of the other entries on the Family Tree, er, family tree, file this under ‘freeride’ all the same. The Burton Hometown Hero is a juggernaut, capable of blasting through crud without any of the bone-shaking repercussions.

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BURTON.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Hometown here

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K2 Special Effects 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Unisex Volume Shifted Snowboard
PRICE: £520 / €580 / $600

Welcoming to the stage for their first ever appearance, K2 brings you the Special Effects snowboard. Built for boarders to want to adventure into the unknown and untouched snow, this board lets glide over snow, bounce down pillows and makes predictable turn imitations.

Who Is The K2 Special Effects For?

If you’re bored of just going up the chairlift to just come down the piste alongside everyone else, then it’s time to move on and experience freeride boarding with the Special Effects board. Suitable for intermediate to expert boarders who are ready to up their game on the mountain, equipped with a Carbon Glass it’s responsive and less forgiving so you need to know what you’re doing.

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K2.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Special Effects here

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Nidecker Venus Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboard
PRICE: £350 / €350 / $370

Snowboard design has evolved a lot over the past few seasons. Directional shapes are no longer the preserve of dedicated powder boards – in fact many all-mountain models are losing that classic twin-tip look as riders realise the benefit of a silhouette that’s slightly biased towards your regular stance. The Venus is one such example. A staple of Nidecker’s women’s line for many years, it’s been radically upgraded for 2021/22 with blunter lines and a slightly shorter tail. The result? Better turns, more float and increased stability when you’re blasting around the hill, while retaining all the freestyle performance you need to take it to the park.

Who Is The Nidecker Venus For?

Riders of every level who want one board to do it all – piste, park, pow – will have their prayers answered by the Venus. Its mid flex is right in the sweet spot between friendly and responsive, and that new shape lets you make the most of the mountain’s natural terrain, especially if you’re lucky enough to score some fresh snow.

MORE INFO:
NIDECKER.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Venus here

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Rome Muse Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Newcomer Snowboard
PRICE: £400 / €450 / $450

This fresh model from Rome is essentially a bit like a speedboat. It’s fast, agile, exciting, bags of fun, and guaranteed to make onlookers green with envy. In fact, one could argue that it’s even better; with the Rome Muse, you won’t feel like a prime, Insta-influencer-grade bellend when you’re on one.

Who Is The Rome Muse For?

Rome’s female-specific options are pretty great across the board, but the Rome Muse is the brand’s only real all-rounder. If you’re looking for one board to see you right regardless of what Mother Nature has cooked up the night before, this is a fantastic choice. More specifically, those who lean towards freestyle rather than freeride will get the best results.

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ROME.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Muse here

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Salomon Bellevue Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Advanced Snowboard
PRICE: £430 / €479

Picture the day; it’s a midweek morning, you’re off work and you’ve woken up to reports of 40+inches of fresh powder overnight onto a reliable base layer. School holidays are nowhere in sight so those big, open faces are free from holiday makers and all yours. In your mind’s eye are you going slowly down the nursery slope? No, you’re chucking the biggest, longest turns spraying snow as far as humanly possible on the steepest deepest faces at full speed. You’re probably going to want a board that makes that feel easy too aren’t you? And it would be a bonus if it looked good doing it right? Enter the Salomon Bellevue.

Who Is The Salomon Bellevue For?

Probably not the best option for an absolute beginner due to its stiff flex, setback style and backseat camber profile. But for any intermediate or above rider that’s looking to enjoy some carves and slashy powder turns then this is a great choice.

MORE INFO:
SALOMON.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Salomon Bellevue here

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YES. Rival Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Freestyle Snowboard
PRICE: £449 / €480 / $480

YES. are self-confessed purveyors of rebellious youth, and the all-new Rival sits perfectly with these values. A no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners freestyle weapon designed for ladies with a penchant for ripping, it’s going to tick boxes you didn’t even know you had and is a full-on shake-up for women’s park riding.

Who Is The YES. Rival For?

Frankly, it’s not going to suit anyone who isn’t a pretty experienced rider, and more specifically someone who’s lining up most of the features in the park. However, If that’s your calling, this is your board. Every inch of the Rival snowboard is geared toward pop, performance, power and style by the bucket load.

MORE INFO:
YESNOWBOARDS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 YES. Rival here

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Bataleon Distortia Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500

The last decade has seen the market flooded with rocker-combination boards intended to make turns and tricks that little bit easier. The trouble is, any kind of reverse camber compromises your ability to hold an edge through more aggressive carves. Bataleon stuck to their guns with Triple Base tech, and as the industry now goes increasingly 3D mad it looks like they were ahead of the game. The Distortia’s catch-free ride and friendly flex are brilliant in the park, but with some carbon lurking under the hood it’s also an awesome shape to explore the whole resort and even duck the ropes from time to time.

Who Is The Bataleon Distortia For?

Girls who want to shred, not just cruise. 180s, switch take-offs, butters and rail maneuvers are all easier on a true twin like this one. And if you fancy taking some of those park tricks to your favourite side hit, so much the better.

MORE INFO:
BATALEON.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Bataleon Distortia here

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Burton Instigator Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €400

Progression is key when you’re learning to snowboard, especially if you’re not content to just practice your falling leaf down the bunny hill. The Instigator might not be the flashiest snowboard on the market, but for a consistent learning curve that goes far beyond your first few days on the hill it’s hard to beat, especially when you factor in the modest price tag.

Who Is The Burton Instigator For?

You’re the kind of rider who wants results fast, you love a bit of instant gratification. The Instigator’s versatility could appeal to those who aren’t quite sure where they’re going to be riding the most, so it can do a bit of everything. Sure, there are snowboards that are higher spec, but this will let you dip your toes in the pool without pushing you in the deep end.

MORE INFO:
BURTON.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Instigator here

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Jones Stratos Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £540 / €580 / $580

No prizes for seeing this one coming; the all-conquering Jones Stratos is now available for female riders too. They didn’t waste any time, either, with the original board only entering its second season.

Who Is The Women’s Jones Stratos For?

Its daily driver credentials have been given the thumbs up from pipe-slayer-turned-pow-chaser Elena Hight, but we reckon that any confident rider will find something to like about the Jones Stratos – especially those that lean towards carving and freeriding, but who still want to keep their options open.

MORE INFO:
JONES.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Women’s Stratos here

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K2 Excavator 2021-2022

PRICE: £540 / €600 / $550

The appropriately named Excavator snowboard digs deep into the hardpack and blasts through powder. Catered towards advanced boarders the Excavator board lets you make the most of the mountain, performing on a wide range of terrain.

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Who Is The K2 Excavator For?

The Excavator board is for the guy who wants to carve down the groomers but when the powder turns up its time to head off to find new lines. As a powerful and responsive board, it’s geared towards intermediate boarders who need precision on challenging terrain.

MORE INFO:
K2.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Excavator here

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K2 Wildheart Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €470 / $530

Go wild! Go wild! Go wild in the backcountry, where snows on the grass and you’re absolutely free. The Wildheart is going to be your true love if you want a powder board that’s versatile enough to handle tree lines and groomers.

Who Is The K2 Wildheart For?

The Wildheart board is for intermediate female boarders who don’t want to be held back by their equipment. This board is packed with features that heighten response for precision riding on challenging terrain and weaving between the trees. The Wildheart isn’t for the fainthearted, be brave and push yourself on the mountain. This board will give you confidence on the groomers and powder so ride harder and faster than ever before.

MORE INFO:
K2.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Wildheart here

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Nidecker Thruster Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £430 / $500

It never ceases to amaze us that Nidecker have been in business since 1887. OK, back then they were focused on farming equipment rather than snow-sliding machines, but that’s a lot of experience in the manufacturing game. Their snowboards rightly have a reputation for aggressive piste performance – as befits their Swiss roots – and with the Slice ‘n’ Dice video series of the last 5 years they’ve successfully tapped into the carving renaissance. Now they’ve poured all their edge-to-edge know-how into an aggressive new shape that’s capable of slaying hardpack and powder alike. Introducing the Thruster.

Who Is The Nidecker Thruster For?

If you have to ask, it’s probably not for you. We’re talking about unchecked aggression here, dude. A directional shape, stiff core, positive camber and lightning-fast base make this an all-mountain weapon of the most formidable kind. Experienced riders with a taste for low turns and eye-watering speeds will dig it. Beginners? Less so.

MORE INFO:
NIDECKER.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Thruster here

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Ride Benchwarmer Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €580

Brand new from Ride the Benchwarmer storms out of the gates as the weapon of choice for your in-bounds, park boosting, piste bashing, weapon of send. This stiff, hybrid (mostly camber) snowboard is packed full of all the carbon, slime and asymmetric tech you need to pop high and turn tight. Just looking at that base graphic makes us want to brag about having the best turns on the mountain…

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Who Is The Ride Benchwarmer For?

Built for the aggressive chargers who want to leave their mark on the pistes and parks, this technical beast favours the intermediate & advanced riders who can handle a tight turn and a strong pop. Available in a large array of size options this unisex board should work for anyone willing to step up to the mantle.

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RIDESNOWBOARDS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Ride Benchwarmer here

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YES. 420 UnInc JPS Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £469 / €500 / $500

It was back in 2013 when YES. Snowboards first turned heads with the 420. It was one of the first significantly volume shifted snowboards to really gain traction in the market, and has since been recognised as the bonafide OG of the short-n-wide revolution. Along with Romain de Marchi and DCP, JP Solberg has taken his favourite model from the line, and specced it out to meet his demands in the new, limited UnInc line for winter 2021/22.

Who Is The YES. 420 UnInc JPS For?

Here’s the thing: the 420’s reputation precedes itself as one of the best and most iconic powder snowboards out there. And while that remains the case in the UnInc version — and how — it’s surprisingly capable as a daily driver that can blast its way through chop, stick a landing in switch and (seriously, hear us out) even charge around the pistes. So, providing you’re confident riding a stiffer flex and chunky outline, you’ll be surprised just where you can take this one. Although we all know where it really belongs…

MORE INFO:
YESNOWBOARDS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 YES. 420 UnInc JPS here

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