Can I Use A Snowboard I Bought For The Park To Also Go Free Riding?


A lot of variables here. What is your skill level? Very skilled people who understand the dynamics of the board can adjust to the board. I’ve seen slalom boards with hard boots in the pipe. Definitely the worst equipment to use, but the rider was a super expert and seemed to have no issues.

If you have a short, very flexible / noodle freestyle board, your high speed free riding will definitely be affected. If your short noodle board will be used very slowly on huge, massive moguls, you have the perfect snowboard. Neutral noodle boards are more relaxing in bottomless powder because you can distribute weight evenly on both feet.

Lots and lots of things effect the overall experience. Why some people have multiple snowboards. I like to have at least two snowboards. Basically a slower one, and a faster one at minimum.

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.


  • Vale: What do you think are the best characteristics to look for in a board if you want to do a bit of park, a bit of free riding, and a bit of off-piste? And... you’re on a budget and can’t afford more than 1 board :D
  • PerryRObray:

    Most people have a snowboard like the one you just described. Apparently they tend to be twin tips that are biased to moving forward in a single direction. Most snowboards now have the edges biased for toe and heel side specific configuration. This is extremely important on snowboards that are not nuetral/that lean towards bring directional (front and back of the board is in the design and graphics, where some full on freestyle snowboards are only graphics oriented in regards to front and back)

  • Vale: So what would you recommend looking for when shopping around?
  • PerryRObray: Every person has their own priorities. How many times do they know they will go during a season / over the years? Do they want the new styles every few years? Buying used, awesome deal on a new one or full price? What are their financial priorities?
    After that, is board design. All designs are a compromise. Do the compromises apply to the situation? Eg., let’s figure one knows exactly what the weather will be like and will only ride in that region. Let’s take a far fetched example. Champagne bottomless powder on a huge amount of riding days. Guessing an all terrain hybrid rocker will excel. So many variables here.
  • Vale: True

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