best park snowboards 2024

The Top 10 Award-Winning Park & Freestyle Snowboards for 2024


Best Volume Shifted / Wide Freestyle Snowboard

Ride Twin Pig 2024 Snowboard


Ride Twin Pig Park Snowboards


The Ride Twin Pig ($423.96) is a true twin shape freestyle snowboard that can be a lot of fun carving outside of the board park as well. The board profile is a hybrid camrock. It has a camber section under your feet with reverse camber outside your bindings in the nose and tail. The Twin Pig has an asymmetrical sidecut. There is a little bit of a deeper sidecut on the heels to help you balance out your turns.

There is a wood core in the Twin Pig made of Aspen and Bamboo. The balance of using both strong and lighter, more resilient wood gives the Twin Pig its sturdiness and damp riding feel. You won’t feel the chatter under your boots if riding on uneven terrain. The sidewalls are made with the same material as skateboard wheels to protect your deck against dents while jibbing in the park. The sidewalls were one of the major updates in the 2024 version. They are now thinner while still increasing the durability and shock absorption of the deck.

The unique feature of the Twin Pig is its waist width. The Twin Pig is a volume shifted snowboard. It is meant for you to ride a shorter board than you normally would because it comes wider than most other park boards. The wider width makes for more stable jump landings and virtually no toe drag as you are carving around. Being that you can go a few sizes down on this snowboard, you will be able to spin easier and have an overall more maneuverable feel. You can use our snowboard length calculator to gauge which sized board to buy.

The flex of the Twin Pig is on the softer side of medium. Thanks to its rocker sections in the tip and tail, the Twin Pig can butter and press easily. However, the board itself is on the medium to stiff side. It is a useful feature blending a flexible nose in a more stable board. The camber section of the board prevents the deck from being over flexible while jibbing. You will be able to hang on to nose and tail slides easier than some other park boards.

The Twin Pig has a durable sintered base. It will require wax to maintain and is fast enough. Ultimately, the board’s wider dimensions make it a slower option than some of the others on the list. However, the benefit here is that it has a wider, more stable feel that also helps it float better in deeper snow than most other park boards. All in all, if you are looking for a volume-shifted park board that is the perfect blend of playful, damp, and sturdy properties, then the Twin Pig is for you.


Pros

  • The wider / stable feel in a playful freestyle board
  • Pop is great for jumps
  • Flex makes it easier to butter or press
  • The true twin shape makes it easier to ride switch
  • Flex makes it easier to begin presses and not overly flexible (soft flex in the tips and medium in the center)
  • Excellent option if you have large feet

Cons

  • Not the best option for steeper or technical terrain
  • Not the fastest board on the list (due to its wider shorter intended size)
  • Not a beginner friendly deck due to its shape

Sizes Available: 136, 142, 148, 151, 154, 156 Wide, 157

See the Right Size Ride Twin Pig for You
Ride Twin Pig Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight (lbs)
136 60-130
142 60-160
148 100-205
151 130-210
154 140-220​+
156 Wide 170-220​+
157 160-220​+

Flex: Soft 3/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Ride C-6





Best Beginner Friendly Park Snowboard

Capita Pathfinder Reverse Snowboard 2024


CAPiTA Pathfinder Reverse Snowboard 2023 - 2024


The Capita Pathfinder Reverse snowboard ($343.96) is the latest version of a snowboard that Capita used to call the Horroscope. The Pathfinder Reverse is a forgiving freestyle twin snowboard that can also be used as a “do it all” type all-mountain snowboard.

For the 2024 season, the Capita Pathfinder received no new technical upgrades other than new graphics and a new size. This snowboard now comes in a 159 wide size.

The Capita Pathfinder Reverse features Capita’s Park V2 board profile. It looks like this.

Capita V2 Park Board Profile for Pathfinder Snowboard

The board’s profile can be described as being flat between the feet and reverse camber just outside of the bindings to the contact points. The shape makes the deck feel stable and surfy without being overly aggressive. The reverse camber near the contact points will make the board less catchy and help you land tricks if you are slightly off-axis. The deck features a combination of laminates consisting of Special Blend Fiberglass and Magic Bean Resin. The combination is a park snowboard with a lot of torsional flex (flex from edge to edge). In the deck, there is a wood core called the FSC Dual Core. The dual-core gives the deck added power, extra pop, and durability. The flex rating of this is a 4/10. However, it is on the softer side, so you should consider it closer to a 3/10. This is a deck that will help you with butters and presses. Overall, this is a lightweight, playful, skate-like, and a maneuverable park snowboard at an excellent price.

P.S. There is a camber version of this deck called Pathfinder Camber. You can check that version out here.

Also check out our best beginner snowboards of 2023 – 2024 award list too.


Pros

  • The v2 park profile shape
  • The soft flex for deep presses.
  • Eco friendly build
  • Skateboard-like feel

Cons

  • The combination sintered and extruded base will need some wax and maintenance.
  • Pop can feel soggy if timed wrong.

Sizes Available: 145, 147, 149, 151, 151 Wide, 153, 153 Wide, 155, 155 Wide, 157, 157 Wide, 159 Wide, 162 Wide

See Which Size of the Capita Pathfinder Reverse You Need
Capita Pathfinder Reverse Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight Range (lbs)
145 80-120
147 90-150
149 90-150
151 100-150
151 Wide 110-150
153 110-170
153 Wide 110-170
155 120-180
155 Wide 130-190
157 140-200​+
157 Wide 140-200
159 Wide 150-210
162 Wide 160-220​+

Flex: Soft 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Flight Pro






Best Bang for Your Buck

Rome Artifact 2024 Snowboard


Rome Artifact Park Snowboards



The Rome Artifact ($404.96) is a true twin freestyle snowboard with a softer, four out of ten pressable softer flex. The deck is perfect for hitting jumps, jibbing, and doing presses while still being insanely durable. Rome says the Artifact was created for “total park annihilation,” and they made good on that promise.

The Artifact’s shape is a true twin with a positive camber board profile. What makes the 2024 Rome Artifact unique is its new “double kick” nose and tail. There are two angles in both the nose and tail that look like this.

rome artifact double kick nose 2021

The benefit is the new shape makes the board more pressable than most other camber decks. Having the positive camber profile gives this board additional pop and stability to hit massive jumps.

The core of the snowboard was made with 100% poplar wood. There are bamboo hot rods running from the board’s center through the nose and tail, which give the board additional pop. To increase the board’s torsional flex, Rome used a Biax fiberglass set on two different axes.

The Artifact has additional impact plates to reduce chatter, add shock absorption, and make this deck durable. When boards break, it is usually right in front or behind one of your bindings. That is where these impact plates are placed. Rome focused on making the deck durable in the areas that take the most impact while you are stomping your landings.

The base of the deck was upgraded to an ISOSPORT 4400 base for the 2023-2024 season. This is primarily an extruded base, so it is durable, holds wax well, and will not require a lot of maintenance.

If you are looking for a camber park snowboard that can press and jib incredibly well, this is the deck to get.


Pros

  • Pressable Positive Camber Profile
  • Double Kick Nose and Tail
  • Durable – has added impact plates

Cons

  • Not the fastest base

Sizes Available: 147, 150, 152 Wide, 153, 155 Wide, 156

See the Right Size Rome Artifact for You
Rome Artifact Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight (lbs)
147 95 – 150
150 110 – 165
152 Wide 120 – 170​+
153 120 – 185
155 Wide 135 – 190​+
156 135-200

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Rome Vice






Looking for the best women’s boards? Check out the best women’s snowboards of 2024 list. It is filled with solid freestyle options to ride in the park. Check our types of snowboards guide to find the right type of board for you.


Best Freestyle Boards for Butters

Gilson Undead 2024


Gilson Undead 2024



The Gilson Undead Snowboard ($559.00) is the perfect freestyle board for jibbing and buttering. The Undead has a unique base where its edges are risen by a few millimeters off of the snowboard’s base. Gilson calls this feature their soft edge. Here is an example of what it looks like when you flip this board over.

Gilson snowboards soft edge base technology

Imagine what butters you could do if the risks of catching your edges were eliminated altogether? These edges make for an extremely catch-free feeling while riding in the park. On the Gilson Undead, you can even swivel around on boxes and rails with no issues. The steel edges engage to help you make a turn when you need them. You just need to lean a little more. The whole process of learning to ride this became second nature after only a few runs. The board doesn’t have that loose feeling. It just feels catch-free and playful while remaining stable.

Here is quick video that describes Gilson’s edge technology in more detail.

The Undead is built on a hybrid rocker profile. There is a slight rocker between your feet and two camber zones underfoot. The benefit here is that you blend the playful, easy-to-ride feel of a rocker with the response and pop of a camber deck. If you were to look at this snowboard on its side, its profile would look like this.

Gilson Undead Board Profile

The last call-out feature is that the Undead is insanely light and pressable. The board has a softer flex rating of a four out of ten. Additionally, Gilson built this deck so that you can ride it six centimeters smaller than your normal park board. The nose and tail on this snowboard have been blunted, while Gilson kept the same effective edge of larger board size. The benefit to the shorter nose and tail and larger effective edge is that you get the stable feeling of a longer snowboard with the lower swing weight and added maneuverability of a smaller, lighter deck.

If you’re looking for a playful board that was built for butters and jibbing, then check out the Gilson Undead.

Also check out our full in-depth Gilson Undead Snowboard review to learn more about this board.


Pros

  • Butter pad base – the edges of this board are risen so you will not catch an edge while jibbing or buttering
  • Can size down by 3-6cm / Lowering swing weight / Easier to spin
  • Made in the USA
  • 5 year warranty

Cons

  • The butter pad and edges will take some time to get used to while carving in steeper terrain. (It is insanely catch free for jibs though.)

Sizes Available: 144 (150 equivalent), 149 (155 equivalent), 154 (160 equivalent)

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Ultra


Pro Tip: Over on the Gilson Snowboards website, you can use the coupon code BOARDOFTHEWORLD for a 10% discount on your order.



Best for Presses

Yes Dicey 2024


Yes Dicey park snowboards 2024

The Yes Dicey ($399.96) is the perfect board for nose and tail presses because of its midbite profile technology. Yes made a unique indention in the sidecut of this snowboard. Here is a close-up of what it looks like.

close up of yes dicey midbite profile technology

This indention in the sidecut adds a ton of stability to the board. So you get the maneuverability benefits of a more narrow board combined with the stability benefits of having a wider nose and tail. This feature makes balancing tall nose presses feel like a breeze.

Additionally, the wider nose and tail give this board a wider platform to land spins with, while the more narrow waist helps the Dicey get a faster edge-to-edge response while carving in between park features.

Check out our full in-depth Yes Dicey snowboard review.


Pros

  • A very pressable yet stable park board with a true twin shape
  • Yes’ MidBite helps give this board a stable feel. It has a narrow waist width a wider nose and tail.
  • Snappy pop – Camber between the feet / Rocker in nose and tail
  • This is a forgiving ride that is great for riders of all experience levels
  • It is a good deal. This board is cheaper than a lot of comparable boards.

Cons

  • No smaller sizes than a 152cm.
  • Might be too playful for some riders.

Sizes: 152, 154, 156, 158

See Which Size of the Yes Dicey You Need
Yes Dicey Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight (lbs)
152 110 – 150
154 120 – 160
156 140 – 190
158 150 – 200

Flex: Soft-Medium (4 out of 10)






Best Do It All Freestyle Snowboard

Nitro T1 2024 Snowboard


Nitro T1 2024 park snowboards

For 20 years, the Nitro T1 ($423.96) has been getting refined to make it one of the best freestyle boards on the planet. The T1 is a true twin shape freestyle snowboard known for its stability, durability, and overall performance in the park.

For this season, the Nitro T1 has been upgraded to include Ureshred Sidewalls. This means Nitro added in the same polyurethane material that skateboard wheels are made out of directly into its sidewalls. The combination of polyurethane sidewalls with the T1’s impact-resistant Rail Killer edges make the board one of the most durable park snowboards out there.

The T1 is a camber dominant snowboard with a smoother transition into the tip and tail. Its board profile looks like this.

Nitro Cam Out Camber Snowboard Profile

The smooth transitions make this board easier to lock into presses while the medium flex and camber shape gives the board its responsiveness. This deck can turn on a dime and take the landing impact of huge kickers.

The Nitro T1 has a specialized sintered base that is designed to be fast while being more resistant to scratches than other park snowboards. The core of the snowboard is made of Poplar and Beechwood. What makes the wood core of the T1 unique is that it has a reduced thickness between your bindings while being thicker outside your bindings. The varied thicknesses in the core give the T1 added energy for pop and a consistent flex for nose and tail presses.

If you are looking for a park board that can take abuse, this is the snowboard for you.


Pros

  • Durability built into sidewalls, edges, and base
  • Lots of pop
  • Stable ride
  • Twin shape makes it easier to ride switch
  • Designed to have a slightly stiffer medium flex that will be perfect for jumping and hitting rails

Cons

  • Might be too aggressive for beginners

Sizes Available: 149, 152, 152 Wide, 155, 155 Wide, 158 Wide

See the Right Size Nitro T1 for You
Nitro T1 Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight (lbs)
149 110 – 155
152 120 – 165
152 Wide 120 – 165
155 130 – 175
155 Wide 130 – 175
158 145​+
158 Wide 145​+

Flex: Medium 5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Force





Most Versatile

Burton Free Thinker Snowboard


Burton Free Thinker Park Snowboards



The Burton Free Thinker ($440.96) is one of the most versatile true twin freestyle decks you can buy. This deck is built on a traditional camber profile. If you were to look at this board on its side, it would look like this.

Burton Free Thinker Board Profile 2024

The traditional profile is what gives this board a predictable feel, added response, and a ton of pop. This is one of the stiffer boards on this list. If you’re looking for a park board that would be perfect for jumps as cruising through the rest of the resort, this is that deck.

Also check out our full in-depth Burton Free Thinker review.


Pros

  • The balanced feel and flex of this deck
  • light weight
  • The board comes pre broken in.

Cons

  • This might be too stiff for some beginner and intermediate riders
  • The board uses Burton Snowboards Channel® Mounting System. This let’s you fine tune your stance. However, you need to make sure your binding plates can fit into it or get buy a disc plate that is adaptable to it.

What I Love About This Board: I love this board’s fast base, stable feel, and explosive pop. There is a reason Danny Davis’ go-to freestyle board.

Sizes Available: 150, 154, 157, 160, 160 Wide

See the Right Size Burton Free Thinker for You
Burton Free Thinker Weight Range
Size (cm) Rider Weight (lbs)
150 120-180 lbs.
154 120-180 lbs.
157 150-200 lbs.
157 Wide 150-200 lbs.
160 180-260 lbs.+
160 Wide 180-260 lbs.+

Flex: Medium to Stiff 6.5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Burton Cartel EST



Pro Tip: Burton.com is running their annual Summer Sale and you can get last season’s Free Thinker for an insanely good deal over here.



Want to see more freestyle boards? Check out our new best all mountain freestyle snowboard awards list.



What Should You Look for When Buying a Park Snowboard?

Here is what to consider when buying your first park snowboard. 

Consider the Board’s Flex Pattern

The main detail to consider is the park board’s flex pattern. Your choice should coincide with the type of park riding you do most often: 

  • If you’re primarily hitting rails or jibbing, opt for a softer, more flexible park board. This will allow you to get tall nose presses and lock into rails more easily.  
  • If you will be hitting jumps or hitting larger features, go with a stiffer (less flexible) board. The added stiffness will offer the stability needed for your landings.
  • If you will be hitting both jumps and rails, go with a medium-flexing park board. A medium flexing board allows you to press your board when needed while still offering a decent level of stability for jumps and larger features, too.

Select the Right Camber Profile for the Type of Riding You Want to Do

Your choice of camber profile can significantly impact your riding style:

  • If you’ll spend most of your time jibbing (hitting rails), go with a flat or reverse camber profile between your feet. These profiles can help you lock into rails while offering you a level of skate-like board feel. 
  • If you will be hitting jumps or carving outside of the park, consider going with a profile with a positive camber profile between your feet. This will give you an additional level of power and pop for launching off jumps and carving out of the park. 

Look for a Lightweight Board With a Durable Construction

Look for a freestyle board that is both lightweight and durable. A light board will make it easier to maneuver and control on features. 

Park boards take much more abuse than a board you would use to carve around with. It’s very likely that you will occasionally hit your board off the side of a rail or box. You need to make sure you’re getting a board that can take the occasional hit. You can gauge a park board’s durability by considering the materials built into the board’s sidewalls. Look for materials such as urethane, carbon fiber, or cork. 

Consider How Often You Want to Wax It

When you’re park riding, you will often need to unstrap and hike a park feature to get more practice on it. Having a fast base can help save you some energy because you won’t have to hike as far to get enough speed to hit the feature you’re practicing on. 

The goal is to find the fastest base for you based on how often you plan to wax it. 

Here are your options when it comes to park bases:

  • If you’re willing to wax your board regularly for consistent speed, consider getting a board with a sintered base. Sintered bases are durable and maintain their speed exceptionally well when you keep them waxed every three days or so. 
  • If you prefer a low-maintenance approach, opt for an extruded base. While it won’t be as fast as a waxed sintered base, an unwaxed extruded base is still quicker than an unwaxed sintered one.
  • If you want the best of both worlds, look for a hybrid of both base material types. These are often called sintruded bases. These bases are durable and fast while not requiring you to wax them as often.  

Learn more about what to look for a park snowboard by reading the park section of our snowboard types guide.

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