What Are Skiboards? Combining the latest technologies of skis and snowboards, skiboards are radically changing the sport of snowriding. About half the length and twice the width of skis, the twin-tip design allows the rider to do everything that skiers and snowboarders do. With twin tips you can go backwards, turn 360’s on the ground, one foot turns and perform more tricks than ever thought possible on conventional planks. “Skiboards, sometimes called “snowblades” after Salomon’s skiboard models, are incredibly easy to use and great for learning to ski. But they’re especially insane when it comes to new-school tricks.” (Skiing, Mark Doolittle) Had skiboards been invented first, who knows if the slopes would be so populated by skiers and snowboarders today.
Skiboards vary in size from about 75 cm to 135 cm. Most look like miniature snowboards, except there’s one for each foot. Their are various binding options including standard non-release adjustable bindings, ski adjustable release bindings and AT bindings that fit regular ski boots like our Alpina XTrack 70 Skiboard Boots. Many can also be fitted with snowboard bindings that fit snowboard boots. Learning to navigate on skiboards is easier than skiing or snowboarding, and carving with them is nearly automatic. Skiboards handle like skis (there are two of them), but really more like skates. These are constructed like snowboards, which allows for more aggressive carving, handling varying terrain, such as deep powder, steep slopes and even hardpack and ice. Most skiboards are constructed with twin tips (front and back) and wood cores for enhanced stability and performance.
Lessons not required! Chuck the poles! These feel so natural that most people, including those who have never been on a lift, pick it up in one day and progress to more advanced terrain by the end of the day. (See first time reviews). The stance is more like walking, skating, dancing rather than skiing – i.e. it is upright and natural. Most experience carving as almost effortless, a zen-like feeling that most snowboarders and skiers have to work many years to achieve.
Don’t confuse skiboards with the “graduated learning method” used in previous years to train would-be skiers on shorter planks so that they could eventually get the hang of longer skis. Our experience at Skiboards.com is that once people try skiboards, their skis and snowboards just become dust collectors or are made into furniture! It’s the design of skiboards that makes possible the accessibility to the entire mountain from the very beginning.
How we select our products
We spend a lot of time researching our prospective skiboard products (especially on powder days!) – we ride them, we beat on them, we get our most insane riders to try and break them. Staff are required to personally test our products (a demanding job!). Of greatest priority in selecting our products is quality and performance, but we also consider price and the overall warranty and customer service provided by the manufacturer. We strive to offer a variety of skiboards in terms of size, price range, and performance factors as different skiboards suit different people. Skiboarding is great no matter what age, ability level or your personal riding preferences and through our regular testing, we can recommend the best choices for our customers.
In short, we offer products that we feel confident about. Knowing our products intimately, as we use them ourselves, we are happy to offer our experience and best recommendations on which products may be best for you – their advantage and disadvantages depending on what your needs are. Feel free to call us in the US and Canada at 800-784-0540, international at 1-970-884-2947 or email us with any questions at email@example.com.
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As you can probably gather, we are totally dedicated to the revolution on the slopes that skiboarding represents and want to make sure that when you purchase from us, that you are 100% satisfied. We totally love our customers and want to do everything possible to make sure that you are happy and enjoying yourself on the slopes. Welcome to the Skiboards Superstore, Inc.