“You will get blisters. You will get aches and pains. But you will also get good.”
So said the roadie in Wayne’s World 2, and while his no-pain-no-gain sentiment is true of most things, beginner snowboarders have never had less to worry about while on the path to riding success. Entry level snowboards are made to be forgiving and predictable, helping to build confidence quickly and easily.
“It’s surprising how many of our grizzled testers had an absolute ball on what are technically ‘beginner’ boards”
The jury’s still out on what kind of profile is best for learning the basics, so you’ll find a varied mix of cambers, rockers and flats here. All, however, boast a fairly forgiving flex that allows you to manipulate the board quickly and easily. They might not be able to hold a strong edge at Mach 3, but that’s not a concern if a red run still gives you pause.
Having said that, it’s surprising how many of our grizzled testers had an absolute ball on what are technically ‘beginner’ boards. The fact that these are capable of much more than basic turns means you’re unlikely to outgrow them after one season. Here are ten of the best models out there:
All boards are in alphabetical order, other than the category winner which can be found at the end of the list.
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi