Best Beginner Snowboards For Kids

Different from teenagers and adults, kids have very different needs when it comes to snowboards. Finding a perfect snowboard for a kid is much harder than for an adult. In this post I’ll teach you how to find the best snowboard suitable for any child.

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Like never before, the big snowboarding companies are finally investing in technology to make better and more snowboards for kids. For kids, there are two types of snowboards you can get. You have plastic snowboards and normal high quality snowboards. The plastic snowboards are considerably cheaper, but harder to use. You also don’t need anything else than the snowboard itself, to ride these plastic boards. Shoes and bindings aren’t necessary because the bindings on these boards are very adjustable and can fit any normal winter shoe.

The higher quality snowboards for kids are just like any other snowboard, just a lot smaller. These boards are easier to use, but are more recommended for kids that have some skill. I therefore recommend any kid in the age of 3 to 5 years, to start of with a plastic board. Older kids from the age 5 to 8 are recommended to use a normal snowboard suited for their length (the high quality boards). These snowboards will cost more, but are much more durable than the plastic boards.

While snowboards for teens/adults are divided into three different categories (all mountain, freestyle, free ride), kids snowboards are usually the same. If they were to be in one of these categories it would have to be the all mountain category. This is because almost all kids snowboards are twin shaped with many all mountain specifics.

Below, I’ve selected out some snowboards suitable for kids. Each snowboard picture has a link for you to purchase it, as well as the recommended age and price. While I haven’t tested any of these boards (for obvious reasons), I’ve done a lot of research on the boards to find the ones with the best price, durability and technology.
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Plastic Snowboards (boys and girls) – Age: 2-5 years

plastic boards$14.32 (Buy Now)                                      $39.99 (Buy Now)                                     $24.99 (Buy Now)

plastic

  $54.99 (Buy Now)                              $79.95 (Buy Now)                                      $56.42 (Buy Now)

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Higher quality kids snowboards (boys and girls) – Age: 5-8 years

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$134.95 (Buy Now)                           $79.99 (Buy Now)                                $194.94 (Buy Now)

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Snowboard full sets (boots, board and bindings) – Age: 4-7 years

Snowboard pack boys and girls

$45.99 (Buy Now)                                                                     $199.99 (Buy Now)

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Hopefully your kids will enjoy these boards. If you didn’t find they liked, you can click on any of the product links above and browse through amazons products. If you have any other questions regarding my post, then feel free to leave them below!

Thank you!

Tore, author of this post.

19 Comments

  1. JeffWA

    Hi Tore,
    What a very educational article that you wrote based on helping a parent find the proper snowboard equipment especially designed for children.

    I did not realize that with the advanced in technology and growing popularity of the sport itself that there would be such a wide range of snowboards to choose from.

    The prices also seem quite reasonable in the age ranges that you mentioned

    . Would you also recommend highly that the 2 or 3 year old get lessons from a qualified instructor – even understanding the fact that a very safe trail would have to be used for a child that young to first learn how to snowboard?

    Or if the parent is that adept at the sport, could he/she safely teach the child?

    Jeff

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    1. admin

      I don’t think it is nessesary for kids to get help from instructors. I think the best would be for the kid just to stand on the board and learn the movements themselves.

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  2. Peter

    Great post I had a look at a few of the boards you have here but are there any quality brands you would recommend for a child aged 6?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Yes, either ride or nitro! They are both great

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  3. Michel

    Great selection of snowboards here, and I love the cute pink one for little girls.

    I didn’t know that the plastic snowboards were harder to ride than the higher quality ones. Is it then better to start them on the plastic one rather, or go straight to the higher quality boards? You recommend the plastic one, but are you sure of this?

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    1. admin

      Because plastic boards arent that heavy for little kids, and then you can find out if they reallylike snowboarding or not, by not buying the most expensive board.

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  4. Jill D

    Great post – we have had the full set grom packs for all three of our kids and their boards are miniature versions. They started off on 90cm boards at about 3 and 4 and now have 120 K2s and are 8. The full set packs are definitely a good option.

    Great to see a selection of the plastic type boards too to get them trying it out! The graphics on these little boards are brilliant too.

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    1. admin

      Glad you liked them!

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  5. Wing

    Wow, it’s astonishing how much cheaper kid’s snowboards are than adults. It’s hard to find anything under 200 dollars that’s somewhat decent. But it’s good to know that even the good quality board for kids wont break the bank. I am interesting in getting one for my niece. Thank you for the informative post!

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    1. admin

      No problem! Take care

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  6. Matt's Mom

    Snowboards for little kids is probably a good thing to think through for sure. I know that I have skied my whole life and like snowboarding, you have to have the right board to match the ability, size, weight, etc. My son wants to try snowboarding, however he is 16. I am thinking that renting a board is the way to go until he decides for one that he likes it and gets the hang of it.

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  7. Alec Terry

    Snowboarding has become such a huge sport that its a great thing the companies are finally catching on to it. I remember how awkward it felt being a kid and trying to snowboard with a hand me down from my uncle.

    It was way to big for me and if I had had a more suitable option for my smaller frame at the time I definitely would have chosen it
    Great post!

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  8. Kris

    Hi there, thanks for this! I am about to take the kids to New Zealand for a snowboard holiday and I have been curious as to whether there are boards specific to my little kids. They are complete novices ages 3, 4 and 6. Do you think they could learn to snowboard on a 2 week trip?
    Thanks for the timely info!
    Kris

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    1. admin

      Yes, defenitely within 2 weeks! Kids learn fast! 😉

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  9. christinamk

    Great information here! I never knew about plastic snowboards for kids. They seem like the best choice for a complete beginner. Since they are affordable, you don’t have to worry about wasting money if your kid ends up hating snowboarding! They remind me of an old “sled snowboard” my brother and I used to have. It was much lower quality than the ones you recommend here but we had a blast using it!

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  10. Kevin

    Nice article on finding the perfect snowboards. Snowboarding has flourished over the years and I’m sure you have a lot a suggestions for beginners, whether kid or adult. I have a cousin who is into snowboarding and he would like a website like this. Thanks and good luck to you!

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    1. admin

      Glad to hep!

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  11. Athar

    Hi Arsand
    Like the way you explain with all pictures as the concept snowboarding i like hope will get chance in future , but for my kid was looking to buy i would definable go with plastic one without extra burden on my pocket initially, then we buy the professional what do you think about this

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    1. admin

      Sounds perfect!

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