When it comes to going fast on snow, you need to be in a body position that allows you to put on the brakes and be stable.
Ideally, you should have your shoulders, hips, and knees all stacked on top of each other. Plus, it’s a good idea to maintain a strong position, .i.e. a central and neutral position for easier toe side or hillside movement.
Simply put, your belly button should be as low to the ground as possible.
But bombing on snow isn’t always about body position.
Of course, good body positioning is essential, but you also need to consider the right snowboard for speed.
See, snowboards aren’t created equal, and some are better suited for specific tasks than others.
Forward-leaning freeride snowboards, for instance, have a wider sintered base and a slightly rockered nose to help glide over the snow. They’re mainly suited for the adventurous rider who want to spend most of their time off groomed runs but don’t excel in speeds.
On the other hand, freestyle boards may seem like a perfect alternative for snowboards for speed, but their all-around nature has some serious limitations when it comes to speed.
In my opinion, the alpine all-mountain boards are the most aggressive picks for snowboarding at speed.
Most of the alpine boards have the must-have features for speed boards, such as a stiff flex rating, longer length, and shallow sidecut radius.
But there’re exceptionals; besides the alpine boards, we shall also look at other boards specifically designed to attack groomers at high speeds.
In this detailed guide we’ve outlined everything you need to consider in your next snowboard for speed purchase.
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The Best Snowboards for Speed For The Money
#1 BURTON Custom X Snowboard - EDITOR'S CHOICE
For our top pick, I wanted an all-around option that I could use for different riding styles.
After going through numerous reviews, the Burton Custom X Snowboard seems to be the perfect option.
It’s a versatile all-mountain board that excels on numerous fronts and is the perfect pick for snowboarders who want to go above and beyond.
Of course, as with any all-rounder option, Custom X Snowboard has a few tradeoffs here and there for specific riding disciplines.
But so far, I’ve not encountered any deal-breaker when it comes to bombing hills at speeds.
Here’s my review of the Custom X snowboard.
Features and Benefits
The first thing you’ll notice on the Custom X is the directional shape
It’s a classic snowboard shape, designed to be ridden with a slightly longer nose than the tail.
I love the directional shape for riding at speed for several reasons.
First, the long nose adds extra weight to the front of the board and will work alongside gravity to pull you down the hill. This is beneficial for extreme speeds.
Secondly, the longer nose allows you to ride over crude at speed easily.
But the biggest benefit, in my opinion, is how the setup concentrates pop in the tail providing plenty of floats, flow, and control to rip any terrain or condition.
Custom snowboards are available in different profiles, but we feel the camber option on the Custom X is the most suited option for speed and carving.
Custom X’s camber is a progressive take on a traditional camber, offering novice riders an opportunity for powerful carves and stable control from tip to tail and rail to rail.
Aggressive Stiff and Symmetrical Flex
Custom X is a stiff board, and if I were to give it a rating, I would probably go with a flex rating of 9/10.
Yes, the snowboard is on the stiffer end of the spectrum, but it’s nowhere near the death plank, which some reviewers seem to experience.
On the contrary, it’s quite playful, actually.
While it requires more effort than your regular park deck, it’s more than just “doable,” and many snowboarders have no problem buttering this deck.
It feels balanced to me and offers stable support even when riding at speed.
I can lean into the board, way more like I would on the softer boards. But I’ve to admit the style factor of the butter is just not quite there because it’s challenging to get those good-looking high presses.
Material construction is an important factor on a snowboard, and the Custom X doesn’t disappoint this department either.
Custom X utilizes Dragonfly 600G Core with Multizone EGD, which uses end-grain woods in the impact zone.
Snowboarders won’t get tired of telling you how light this board is, yet it doesn’t sacrifice strength.
The quality is top-notch, and it looks like it’s built to last.
My only quibble with the core is its pop. This part was disappointing.
While Custom X is a stiff flex board with full traditional camber and a lot of carbon, it doesn’t have the amount of pop I anticipated it would.
Instead, it has a narrow sweet spot to pop from, which is hard to find, and if you do, it just doesn’t feel like you’re popping to the moon.
Nevertheless, the X is still an awesome board; I fell quite in love with it, and I would recommend it.
Carving/ Turning Ability and Speed
The bread and butter of this board are its turning ability or rather stability.
I’m pretty sure there’re a lot more stable decks out there, but Custom X is known for its great carving ability.
You can lean into a cave on this board, and it never for a second feels washy, even when pushing it.
The edge hold feels too good to be true, even in hard conditions. While it sometimes feels a bit narrow for my feet, it has Burton’s frostbite metal edges that help with the edge hold. The stiffness and traditional camber profile also helps.
When it comes to speed, it’s no doubt Custom X is fast. I’ve not experienced issues coasting on flats and keeping momentum up-hills.
The sintered base helps the board with speed but ensures you keep it waxed.
#2 Jones Ultra Mountain Twin Snowboard - Best for Experienced Snowboarders
The Jones Ultra Twin Snowboard is a freeride-focused twin built for high-speed freestyle and freeriding.
It has plenty of resemblance to the original Mountain Twin, including shape, profile, and traction. They also both have the same eco-friendly resin.
But that’s where the similarities end. From this point, the Ultra takes everything a step further.
Features and Benefits
Weight and Construction
The first big difference between the Mountain Twin and the standard Mountain is the former Jones Ultra construction.
I’ve always preferred the Ultra Construction in Jone’s split boards and was excited to try it on a snowboard.
From my short experience with the Ultra Twin, there’s plenty to love with the construction.
First, the carbon stringers are lightweight and help to stiffen up the board longitudinally and torsionally to give the snowboard greater stability at higher speeds.
The carbon also seems to add a sense of power when popping off jumps.
Another material addition we like is the ash veneer top sheet. It adds both durability and dampness to your overall ride while bringing an element of beauty to the Mountain Twin.
These freeride snowboards are lightweight, but it’s not a super-light board. It’s just light enough for you to carry, yet weighty enough to blast through tracks.
Shape- Twin Directional
Jones dubs the Ultra Mountain shape as the twin directional or directional all-mountain or freerides focused twin.
Simply put, the Ultra Mountain sports a twin shape with a directional setback of 2 cm.
I’m a big fan of this shape as it seems most ideal for softer conditions.
Of course, it does well in pretty deep powder, but I would rather use it for the truly bottomless days.
The shape also excels on the icy groomers and hard pack.
It excels in corduroy and softer condition, too, thanks to the Twin’s Traction Tech.
This technology adds extra contact points along the running sidecuts, making the board feel more predictable than similar “serrated” boards.
Ultra Mountains rocker profile, consisting of traditional camber and a rockered tip and tail, performs best in most conditions.
The traditional camber not only enhances the board’s snappiness but helps with edging on different conditions.
On the other hand, the rockered tip and tail make riding powder and softer terrain easy, and making transitions from groomer to off-piste is similarly seamless.
Jones rates the Twin as 9/10, and I feel it’s pretty spot on.
This freestyle board is pretty stiff but with a more uniform flex across the board.
I love how stable the snowboard is, even when riding fast in soft and hard conditions.
I feel the Ultra-Mountain’s stiff flex would cater well for the hard chargers looking for stability at high speeds. It could even work well for larger riders who have failed to find a supportive board in the past.
Powder and Tracked Powder
While the Twin isn’t designed for a deep powder day, the blunted nose does a great job keeping the nose floaty and fast.
I love how this powder board performs well in pow, blasting its way through the tracked snow while feeling surprisingly stable.
Jumps, Cliffs, and Jibs
Jones says the Mountain Twin is ideal for slashing, jibbing, and jumping, which didn’t come as a surprise.
Due to its stiffness, it does take a bit more effort to handle and maneuver; it feels powerful and poppy.
Of course, I can’t say it’s the best freeride option in deep powder, but it’s a joy to huck into the deep powder.
The Ultra’s speed is another notable difference between this board and the regular MT.
It’s nice and stable at speed.
It goes faster and can bomb hills at a crazy speed without causing any speed wobbles.
#3 Lib Tech T. Rice Orca Snowboard - Top Snowboard for Soft Snow
There’re only so many powder days each winter, and once you’ve found the perfect setup, you don’t want to ride the wrong board.
The Lib Tech Trice is one such board.
It’s an awesome pick for powder use, and my love for this board is no secret.
But how is the Tech’s speed, and how stable is the board on powder?
Let’s find out.
Features and Benefits
Wide as Whale
The Tech is named the Orca for nothing.
It’s blubbery, sporting ample width, but shorter than your typical snowboard.
As with true Orcas, nothing gets in the way of this board and will devour anything from the clip drops, rugged snow terrain, to gobbling obstacles.
The tight tree turns backcountry freestyles, and fat slashes are also on the Orca’s menu.
Orca’s volume is on the width, allowing you to ride 6 cm shorter than your normal board.
Now, you might think Orca’s set up compromises on the stability, but that’s farther from the truth.
Of course, it’s not as stable as other picks on our best snowboard for speed list, but the stability comes at a tradeoff for maneuverability.
Orca is highly maneuverable, playful, and nimble. Like a true Orca, with the flick of the tail, the board shoots off to scout its next target.
Rocker Profile- C2X Technology
Width isn’t the only feature that makes the Orca a nice board for powder use.
Instead, Lib has also given the Orca a more aggressive banana rocker and camber that sit more underfoot.
Also known as the C2X technology, this profile consisting of a massive hooter, larger than life taper, and setback stance will help to keep the Orca’s nose in the air.
In my mind, Orca’s C2x camber board profile is near perfect.
The central rocker functions as a pivot point for the snowboard. When you step back on the rail, the nose lifts out of the snow, much like a breaching whale.
Plus, the shape itself is extremely powder-friendly. The cutaway nose and the shorter length make it easy to maneuver the Orca through the tight spaces on the snow.
Carving is easy on this powder snowboard, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the board’s size.
The deck is surprisingly nimble, and the edge-to-edge transitions are unexpectedly quick.
But the Lib Tech isn’t your average pow board and is set to perform far better on hardpack than you would assume.
The 7M sidecut and Magne-traction edge with the fluid carves, while the elongated camber section runs underfoot, increasing power and aggression while doubling up on pop power.
Deck/ Pop & Airtime
Lib ranks Orca’s stiffness at a 7/10.
It’s not the stiffest board on our list, but extremely stable.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. If you check on Travice Rice Instagram feed, you’ll probably see the legend take on some serious terrains on the Orca without washing.
#4 Slash ATV HUB Snowboard - Best All Mountain Board
The Slash ATV is a phenomenal option for the freerider who wants a bit more playability on the mountain snow and maybe hit some jumps.
It’s named the ATV for nothing.
Slash is an All-Terrain Vehicle with uncompromising versatility. The board can adapt to and dampen changes in terrain exceptionally well, meaning nothing is out of bounds. There’s no reason to worry about dipping into any area of the mountain.
Features and Benefits
One thing I love with the ATV is the uncompromising durability.
I’ve ridden this board to the limit and put some damages to it, yet, it doesn’t break or show signs of wear.
If you do many tree runs, my experience is moderate impact collisions don’t have enough force to put a ding on edge.
Slash ATV features a camber profile- a traditional snowboard profile used since the beginning of snowboarding.
I’m a big fan of this design because it distributes the weight evenly across the board and increases pop.
The design gives riders a precise snowboard with a snappy, reactive feel.
For example, the board has some serious pops for the jumps. Contrary to other boards that feel heavy, dead, and flat on the ground, ATV is light, poppy, and feels like it’s always ready to get air.
When it comes to halfpipes, this board is incredibly fast and huge off the lip. It’s a tad slow on the spins but light and feels as if it was built for pie riding.
Core & Flex
Slash ATV is stiff but lively.
The Swiss Wood Core provides a clean flex, helping add pop and durability to the board.
In addition, the directional flex makes this board an insane carver.
On the flip side, riding switch isn’t only unpleasant but unforgiving.
Speed & Stability
Slash ATV isn’t one of the fastest boards I’ve ridden, but certainly among the fastest, and more importantly, most competent.
While other boards can go faster, the confidence and stability seem to dwindle at their peak speed.
But not on the Slash ATV.
It might be because I’m used to shorter snowboards than this, but anyway, most users can attest that the Slash thrives at high speeds.
The only quibble I have with the board is that the high-speed stopping isn’t the most immediate. Slash doesn’t want to slow down, and so you should give people a wide berth when charging. Also, don’t charge into the lift line and expect to slash yourself to an immediate halt.
#5 Nitro Team Snowboard 2021 - Best for Casual riders
Our final pick on the best all mountain snowboards for speed list is a great board for anyone looking for a full camber board that is great for carving and aggressive riding.
The Nitro fits the bill, and even better, it isn’t overly taxing on the body.
It has a nice mid-flex and a board you can get around with on the snow casually-you don’t have to put your everything into it for every turn.
Unfortunately, it’s not a pick for a beginner, and even low intermediates may find the board a little bit challenging.
Features and Benefits
Nitro lists the Team at 7/10, which is a standard flex for an all-mountain board.
The medium flex is often with all-around generalist boards, so the Nitro isn’t going to stand out much in any category.
It’s not too stiff nor too soft-just in the middle of the road for the all-mountain freestyle.
However, you get a fair amount of torsional flex to it, which aids how you drive and steer the board.
The 2021 Nitro is damp and incredibly stable at any speed.
The rutted and choppy terrains aren’t a match for the Nitro, and in one particular run through the junk, I thought to myself that it felt like riding a Cadillac.
I love how Nitro dampens the bumps and is easy to navigate. Making turns come effortless, and you’ll never feel as if the deck is about to wash on you when initiating carves, taking quick turns, or even the lazy riding turns.
As a true all-mountain snowboard, the Nitro excels in different riding styles.
Let’ start with buttering,
Despite the stiffer cambered deck, this board can actually butter. Sure, it’s going to fight with you, and you’ll notice all the rebound, but when you hit the sweet spot and balance your weight on it, you experience lots of fun.
When it comes to jibbing, Nitro takes a little more effort than other boards, but it’s to be expected.
But my favorite riding style is carving. Nitro’s transitions are the smoothest of any boards I’ve ridden from edge to edge.
The board has a natural roll that moves so fluidly; you can’t imagine riding anything else.
When transitioning your weight back from the front foot to the center, you’ll love how Nitro takes everything with power and finesse.
Overall, there’s plenty to love with this board, and I would recommend the Nitro to experienced snowboarders looking for something extraordinary.
Best Snowboard for Speed Buying Guide
With so many options to pick from, choosing the best snowboard for speed for your needs can feel intimidating, even for experienced snowboarders.
But it shouldn’t be that way.
I’ll share everything you need to know about selecting the best snowboards for your needs in the section below.
But first, let’s understand what boards for speed are and what they do:
What’s an Aggressive Board?
Boards for speed are also known as aggressive boards.
The aggressive boards come with several unique features promoting faster riding on the snow.
First, they sport a stiffer flex rating for stability at speed. They also have sharper rails and a shallow sidecut for edge hold precision.
Besides the stiff flex rating, a shallow sidecut or rather longer arc along with a serrated edge lets the snowboarder open up when carving at speed.
The sidecut promotes stability at speed, while the serrated edge increases contact with the snow, giving the rider more control and reducing the risk of sliding out.
Generally, alpine snowboards are best suited for going downhill.
But there’re exceptions; depending on your tastes, riding skills, and conditions, you may find other types of snowboards better suited for holding a strong edge for you and maintaining stability at speed.
3 Different Types of Snowboards
Snowboards are broadly classified into three:
- Alpine snowboards
- Freestyle snowboards
- Freeride snowboards
Alpine all- mountain snowboards are specially created for racing down hills and carving at extreme speeds on hardpack snow,
They’re dedicated speed boards and are typically longer, narrower, and stiffer.
Most of the alpine mountain boards are directional twins and suitable for riders who need a board that delivers quick edge turns and stability for speed.
The all-mountain boards are the most popular options as they’re versatile enough to perform anywhere on the mountain.
For example, the best all-mountain snowboards floated well on a powder surface, carved on the piste, and handled lumps and bumps perfectly.
As with the alpine boards, an all-mountain powder board features a directional shape, which means the tip is different from its tail.
The best all-mountain snowboard tails are generally narrower, shorter, and flatter compared to the tip. This setup results in a more balanced experience.
Freestyle snowboards are light, short and flexible, designed mainly for tricks in terrain parks and halfpipes.
Most of these boards have a limited edge grip and are not stable enough for carving turns and traveling fast.
Features to Consider when Selecting the Best Snowboard for Speed
Here’s a breakdown of the features snowboarders should consider when selecting the best board for speed.
Generally, directional twin shape snowboards with a longer nose and stiffer tail are ideal for high-speed riding.
A long nose adds extra weight to the front of the board and will work alongside gravity to pull you down the hill.
The nose cruises well over crude and ice shard at speed. Plus, the stiffer tail will help to keep your back foot in control of the board.
Snowboards with a shallow radius sidecut have more stability than those with wider sidecuts.
While narrower sidecuts make it harder to perform the snappy turns, it helps riders to hold their edges when going fast and throughout long radius carves.
Remember riding fast involves riding on rails to reduce snow drag while improving overall control and stability.
Therefore, boards with shallow sidecuts are easier to control when riding on rails.
Board Length for Speed
Generally, longer mountain snowboards are better than the shorter option for speed.
But not because they ride fast, but simply because they offer the stability for riding fast.
While shorter boards have smaller contact surfaces and will fly down a mountain fast, they’re less controllable at high speed.
Another crucial thing to consider is the effective edge of a snowboard, which is shorter than the length of the board.
The effective edge is a better measurement of a board’s speed performance because it measures the section of the edges physically touching the snow when riding.
A longer effective edge provides more stability at speed by offering extra grip.
Narrower all mountain boards tend to be faster than wider boards.
This is because narrower boards have a smaller contact surface with the snow, so less friction.
But they’re a lot less stable.
To work around this, most of the fast snowboards have a “normal” width but a narrow waist, which offers incredible edge to edge performance.
When picking an all mountain snowboard for speed, ensure your boots only extend slightly over the rails of your board. Otherwise, too much toe overhang may result in toe drag, making you lose control.
Flex Rating for Speed
Generally, more stiffness translates to more aggressiveness.
Ideally, we recommend boards with a flex rating of 8/10.
Camber boards, also known as rocker boards are ideal for riding fast because of the maximized contact with the snow.
What You Need to Know About the Best All Mountain Snowboards and Speed: Surprising Facts
How Fast Can You Snowboard?
In this section, we go into the nitty-gritty details of snowboards and how fast they can go.
See, knowing how fast a snowboard can go has a big impact on your confidence levels when advancing in snowboarding.
Generally, how fast you can go on a snowboard depends on the weather, snow landscapes, and terrain difficulty. Your snowboarding equipment, total body weight, and snowboarding ability also influence your speed.
So, how fast can you go on a snowboard?
A typical confident rider averages 20 mph and three mph on a blue run, with bursts of speed reaching 40 mph on the steep sections.
Experienced riders can get up to 55 mph on steeper ground, while Olympic athletes can push further to 70 mph.
How fast is fast on a snowboard?
Averaging 25 mph is standard for casual snowboarders; those in the upper percentile can double this number, anywhere from 45 to 60 mph, before beginning to lose control.
As we’ve mentioned above, how fast you ride on the snow depends on the snow conditions.
For instance, the best conditions for reaching top speeds are the hard-packed groomed snow on a steep run with minimal widows.
Experienced snowboarders can even carve at high speeds of around 40 mph. With the correct body position, some can even reach higher speeds of 60 mph or above.
However, if your snowboarding line is constantly interrupted by other riders, trees, or bumps, you’ll struggle to pass the 45 mph limit.
How fast does an Olympic snowboarder go?
As with any snowboarder, the speed of Olympic athletes depends on the wind and snow conditions.
Currently, the fastest snowboarding record was broken in 2015 by a parallel slalom racer at 126 mph.
Slalom is a discipline of alpine skiing, a variant of slalom.
It doesn’t resemble traditional snowboarding much at all, though.
In slalom competitions, snowboarders ride on long narrow slalom boards with their feet and bodies facing forward.
Snowboarders also wear hard boots, similar to ski boots, and have stiff plate bindings.
To improve their speed and aerodynamics, riders wear tightly fitted spandex suits.
Typical riders for this sport average about 70 mph.
Another riding discipline you should know about is the snowboard cross or the boardercross.
A boardercross cross is narrow and dotted with obstacles such as jumps, flat sections, and rollers designed to test a competitor’s ability to stay in control at speed.
Typical boardercross athletes can maintain an average of 55 to 60 mph.
On other Olympic snowboarding events, such as halfpipe, big air, and slopestyle, speed isn’t the main objective. But it’s vital for gaining momentum for jumps and rails. These events prioritize technique and control.
How to go faster on a snowboard
Sometimes, even in ideal snowboarding conditions, many snowboarders fail to reach their optimum speeds.
In the text below, I share some of the secrets for going faster on a snowboard.
Pick an appropriate run
It’s easy to gain a lot of speed on a steep, uncrowded run with a firm snowpack.
On the other hand, fluffier snow naturally tends to slow your snowboard because of the more friction on the board’s base.
Learn quick stopping
A fast snowboard is as good as how it stops.
In fact, coming to a sudden stop is the first thing you should learn when practicing speed.
Stopping is essential when riding freestyle on slopes among other riders.
Forward leaning stance
Gaining speed is all about body positioning.
The trick here is shifting your weight over the foot in a forward-leaning stance.
My rule of thumb is you put 65% of your body weight on the front foot and the remaining on the back.
Snowboarders who frequently open their turns have an easier time pointing their boards downhill and thus more speed.
Understanding the basics of this trick is particularly handy when you’re looking to maintain speed on car tracks and flat roads.
Narrow cat tracks, on the other hand, have limited room for maneuvering.
Transitioning from edge to edge
As we previously mentioned, snowboards can attain greater speeds if there’s less friction on the bottom of the board.
Carving between edges is much faster than skidding and involves a lot less friction.
Body positioning is key
When riding for speeds, we recommend staying low over your snowboard by tucking your body and putting your arms behind your back.
This body positioning helps enhance a riders aero dynamism
Get a stiffer board
The choice of snowboard will also affect how fast you can ride.
Stiffer boards, for instance, are more responsive and comfortable, even at high speed.
In addition to stiffness, a longer board has more edge contact with the snow, which is great for distributing your weight equally.
Skiers Vs. Snowboarders: Who is Faster
Skiers can go faster than snowboarders.
The highest recorded skier speed is at 157 mph, whereas the top snowboarding speed topped at 126 mph.
On average, skiers ride 3.5 mph faster than snowboarders.
There’re several reasons behind this, but the two main elements are body positioning and gear.
Skiers have an advantage of speed because they naturally face forward.
With two separate decks under their feet, they can gun down a run using minimal edges.
In contrast, snowboarders have a side-on position and constantly shift their center of gravity to avoid sliding out, which increases the overall friction.
The asymmetrical snowboarding form means riders have more drag, while skiers, on the other hand, can tuck to reduce air resistance.
When it comes to gear, downhill skis are on average longer than your average snowboard. As we saw earlier, Shorter snowboards aren’t the best for speed as they wobble a lot at high speeds.
Does Waxing a snowboard improve its speed?
Yes, waxing a snowboard can improve the speed.
See, snowboard wax repels water.
As you ride a newly waxed snowboard over the snow, the snow melts under the board, allowing the waxed base to glide better.
Wrap Up: Our Choice
Burton X is our winner for the best snowboard for speed.
We choose this pick because of its versatility. It’s a great all rounder option, suited for different riding styles.
And that’s not all!
It’s loaded with an array of features promoting easy and effective snowboarding at speed.
The camber profile, for instance, gives riders an opportunity for powerful carves and stable control from tip and tail and rail to rail.
On the other hand, the directional twin shape enhances the rider’s speed while allowing for gravity-assisted rides.
Overall, there’s plenty to love on this board, and I would recommend it even for a beginner.