Best Beginner Snowboards

Rick and I are frequently asked which snowboard is best for beginners. While the best snowboard may vary for each rider, we have compiled a list of snowboards we think are pretty good for beginners. The 12 snowboards on this page have been hand-picked, tested and researched by us to ensure the quality and performance is appropriate for beginner and intermediate snowboarders. We’ve ridden most of these snowboards personally, but if not, we polled our friends who have and researched the models and manufacturers.

We recommended these 12 because they are quality snowboards from reputable brands that are forgiving enough for beginners, yet strong enough so newbs won’t need to upgrade equipment once their skills progress. They may cost a little more than the typical Learn-To-Ride snowboard, but are an overall better value since they will last for many seasons.

Recommended Men’s Beginner Snowboards

Burton Custom

Rome Agent

Burton Joystick

K2 Fastplant

Burton Hero

Ride Machete

Recommended Women’s Beginner Snowboards

K2 Lunatique

Rome Vinyl

Burton Feelgood

Salomon Lotus

Arbor Cadence

Ride Compact

What makes a good beginner snowboard?
* Generally, a softer all-mountain snowboard or park snowboard will be good for learning to snowboard. This type of snowboard is also great for more advanced riders with an interest in freestyle or a mellow, less aggressive riding style.
* Snowboards with a twin shape or rocker can also be great for beginners.
* A beginner snowboard does not need to be the most expensive. In fact, it should be in the moderate to lower price range of a brand’s selection.
* Select the snowboard size based on your weight. If you are between sizes, going with the smaller size can be easier to learn on. Snowboarders can often ride more than one size of the same snowboard.
* Avoid snowboards that are too stiff or too technical, since they are better suited for advanced snowboarders. These snowboards are often higher in price.
* Avoid snowboards meant for riding powder, since such snowboards are harder to learn on.

We were not paid by any companies to select their snowboards nor do they send us free stuff, so these are just our honest recommendations. Snowprofessor does, however, earn a small commission if you click these links and choose to buy one of the products. Thanks for supporting

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20 Responses to Best Beginner Snowboard
  1. Andrew
    September 18, 2013 | 8:47 am


    I need a wide board as my feet are a UK11 could we get a best 6 beginners boards which come in wide?

    would be much appreciated

  2. James
    August 25, 2013 | 5:12 am

    Hi, I just purchased 2 snowboards from a friend who was moving. They are Herr Vaughnster snowboards, one is 158 cm and the other is 162 cm. My question is this: Are these good for beginners? Because I am a total novice. And Which board should I use? I am 6’1…I don’t know if that matters or not, but I like the design of the shorter board better. I plan to give the board I don’t choose to another friend of mine so I must pick one. How do I know which one to choose? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance 😉

    • Rick
      August 29, 2013 | 12:46 pm

      I know nothing about those boards. A snowboard only knows how much you weigh. For learning, my guess is the shorter board will work better.

      Have fun

  3. H
    August 9, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Correction to the above post, it should read ROXY Ally, not Rolly Ally

  4. H
    August 9, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    I’ve had a few lessons at an indoor slope, and planning on doing a fair but of riding this season (all mountain & mainly piste) I’ve picked it up quite quickly and can confidently link turns. I want a more progressive board rather than an entry level because I want it to last and to help me improve quicker. Can anyone advise if the Rolly Ally BTX is suitable for my needs. I’ve done lots of research and believe this to be the best sounding so far, thanks!! 🙂

  5. Sam
    July 23, 2013 | 5:46 am

    Hey lads, I have about a weeks experience on the snow, picked it up well and handling blue runs well. I’m heading back to new Zealand this year and really keen on a 2013 skate banana, is this board appropriate?

    • Rick
      July 23, 2013 | 11:40 am

      Skate banana is a fun board and will be great.

  6. Nathan
    April 10, 2013 | 9:55 pm

    I just bought a 2013 Burton Sherlock 157 (I’m 175cm & 80kg). Having read this article that says avoid boards made for pow I am worried about how I’ll go with this board on slopes in Australia? I have just 5 days experience on the slopes. Any thoughts?

    • Rick
      April 11, 2013 | 9:00 pm

      Sherlock is an awesome all mountain board! You will be fine.

      • Nathan
        April 15, 2013 | 11:08 pm

        Excellent! It just arrived today. Thanks for the reply.

  7. ruby
    January 30, 2013 | 8:43 pm

    I started boarding this season using a stiff, oldschool LTD board from the 90s. After the 3rd full day, I got frustrated with frequently catching an edge n feeling as if my board was taking control of me rather tHan me being the one in control. Im naturally athletic n cant help but feel that my board was holding me back from learning. So I went ahead and bought softer, modern board frOm FLOW Called Silhouette. Do you think this will make it easier for me to learn how to carve?

    • Jill
      February 1, 2013 | 2:16 pm

      It will potentially make learning easier. Just remember that once you learn the basics, 99% of snowboarding is ‘rider’. The type of board can make certain situations easier or more fun, but put a good rider on a decent board and results will usually be the same.

    • kyleigh
      March 7, 2013 | 11:58 am

      I’ve been snowboarding on an old school board for a little while now as well, and I feel the same way when I ride. The board I’ve got is made by Original Sin which I found out was from the late 90’s, It is very stiff and too long, and I’ve been thinking about investing in a newer softer board. I just wanna have fun when I snowboard and not have to work so hard. Have you had the chance to try your new board? I hope it feels a lot better to ride! Let me know if it does!

  8. Manuel Mendonça
    January 23, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Hello, i need To by the boots. Comfortable and warn.

  9. Joe Castaneda
    December 30, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Hi Jake, I am a beginner snow boarder here in Colorado and notice in your video’s that the hills you are shooting on are great for a beginner. Which resort are you filming at?

    • Ming
      January 7, 2013 | 11:34 am

      I think they switch between a resort in CO and the Hyland Snowboard and Ski Area in Minneapolis.

      • Rick
        January 7, 2013 | 4:36 pm


  10. Jake
    June 7, 2012 | 12:38 am

    Hey guys, I recently acquired a used salomon 550-149, I can’t seem to find anything about this board. So my question for you guys is , is it a good board to start with ? What kind snow is this board to be used on ?

    I love your videos, can’t wait for more,
    Thanks, Jake

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