- Price: $500
- Category: All-Mountain
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 149, 151, 153, 156, 159, 162, 167
- Flex: 7/10
- Shape: Directional Volume Twin
- Profile: Camber
- Base: Sintered
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It’s not all that hard to see where that name, the Ghost, comes from. There’s a hint of the supernatural about this staple from the YES. lineup. It deceives the eyes. It belongs in the park, yet it delivers in the powder. It rides like a true twin, but then seems to float it’s way along the surface as soon as it leaves the piste.
The Ghost is a fully cambered, all-mountain slayer. It blends age-old traditions in snowboarding with a unique approach to fulfilling the needs of the modern-day rider. Namely: pow laps for breakfast; groomers for elevenses; and park runs through to last lifts. Camber has been around for centuries (read: 40 years) and has seen phases come and go. Yet, for seasoned riders, it has stood the test of time. It delivers a responsive, reactive and snappy profile that may test less experienced rider’s techniques but reward those who get it right.
“The Ghost can float impressively well, yet leaves any sense of its directional volume behind as soon as you return to the pistes”
Asides from that, the Ghost is a very similar board to the Standard. The same outline, core, sizes and pricepoint either make the decision easy for those who know which camber profile they prefer, or near on impossible for those who don’t. Let’s try and break it down a little.
Some people argue that camber isn’t the right board for powder as the nose has a tendency to submarine. There’s some truth to this, and a rockered nose will often fair better in these conditions. But with the increased volume (although, crucially, not length) in the shovel of the nose, the Ghost can float impressively well, yet leaves any sense of its directional volume behind as soon as you return to the pistes. With the added advantage of the additional Slambacks inserts positioned much further back from the centred stance, it’s all too easy to make a quick adjustment in the gondola and have yourself a pow-primed snowboard underfoot.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s no ‘all-of-the-above’ solution to finding a snowboard that delivers a 10/10 performance everywhere on the mountain, but for riders looking for a solid dose of performance and a shape that’s not afraid to send it deep in the park or backcountry alike, the Ghost makes a mighty fine proposition as your next quiver killer.