Different Snowboard Types

As you probably know, there are several snowboard types. On this page, I’ll teach you the difference between each and every snowboard. We’ll first divide the different types of snowboards into 3 different categories. We have “freestyle”, “freeride” and “all mountain”. All of these snowboard types have different characteristics, and are suited for different things.

The freestyle snowboard

  • Twin shaped
  • Soft flex
  • Optimal for park
  • Light weighted
  • Camber shape

This type of snowboard is the ideal park snowboard. The twin shape makes it prefect for riding switch. This goes for landing as well. All snowboarders that spin and trick in the park will have to land switch once in a while. The true twin shape is there to make this as easy as possible. The soft flex is there to turn, bend and bounce the board as easily as possible, with help from the bouncy camber shape.


These types of boards are also designed to be extremely light weighted. This will make tricking easier as there is less weight to carry around. With this type of snowboard you will most likely have the best experience when jumping, spinning, tricking and railing!

The freeride snowboard

  • More directional
  • Bigger nose
  • Faster speed
  • Great for powder

This type of snowboard is very different from other snowboards, and are only suited for one specific snowboard style. Every detail with these types of snowboards work together. The big nose of the board is what makes it very directional. This means they don’t work very well riding switch for sure. You will most likely fall, due to the little tail. Because this board is so directional, it will make it easier to get up in higher speed.


The big nose on the boards also makes them optimal for powder surfing. The big nose will push huge layers of powder snow underneath, and keep you from sinking into it. With this type of snowboard you will be able to ride super fast and have an amazing experience in the powder!

The all mountain snowboard

  • Perfect in all terrain
  • Very solid construction
  • Deeper side-cuts
  • Twin shaped
  • Rocker shape

This type of snowboard is the ideal beginner board because it fits perfectly in any terrain. What makes them so great for any terrain is the solid construction. Almost all all mountain snowboards have very solid base construction with sharp edges. These sharp edges will slice trough icy terrain, and keep the board stable at all times.


The deep side-cuts and the rocker shape is what completes this board. They provide optimal board control and stability. Keep in mind though that most snowboarders use the all mountain snowboards. It is really the best way to go if you want a snowboard that you can use for everything!

Now that you know how you find the perfect snowboard type for your style, you might be interested in knowing how you size a snowboard. If you are interested, then click here to find out.

Hopefully you got some knowledge out of this post. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them on this, or another post!




  1. Heather Grace

    I am what you would consider a beginner in snowboarding and maybe that shows in the fact that I had no idea there were several type of boards to choose from. Within the All Mountain boards, is there a specific brand that is best for a beginner to start with?

    1. admin

      Yes, the K2 snowboards are the best for beginners. I started using K2 boards as a beginner myselfand I would highly recommend them!

  2. Aidan Perreault

    Hi there!
    This was a really straightforward post, and it made a lot of sense. I have very little experience with snowboarding, and truthfully I am not very good at it. Luckily I’ve done a fair bit of skateboarding and the way you analyzed snowboard body types let me relate it well to that! These sports seem similar, just curious were you ever a skateboarder?
    Thanks for the post!

    1. admin

      I have never been a skateboarder, no. I have tried it but damn, i sucked at it. I found snowboarding to be much more fun. You should definitly try it some time!

  3. Alessandro

    I think the mountainsnowboard is the one that fits best for me. I just tried it yesterday (borrowed it) and it’s perfect for my style! Thanks for making this post, it actually helped me find my snowboard 🙂

    I have a question though… the board you recommemded me on your other post was 2cm too small for my size, does this play a big factor? you know, if I buy one that is a little bigger than you recommemded, or should I buy the one you recommend?

    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      You’ll be perfectly fine with a 2cm too small board! The board recommenation is really just a base lineand something to stick to. It is not exact either.
      Have great snowboarding experience my friend! 😀

  4. Gregory

    I knew there were different types of snowboards, but I didn’t know they were that much different from each others! This information will help me A lot. I love riding off-piste but my current snowboard is a freestyle board. When I buy A new one (from your site ofcourse) i’ll be sure to check the detail of it and make sure it is a fremside one! Thanks for the post!

  5. Lars

    Wow, your knowledge about this nieche is impressive. This post is very informative and gave me all the information I needed. I round out that my current board is a fremside board and this is what i prefer too! Keep on posting content as Great as this!

    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      thank you!

  6. Michel

    So as a beginner I would need to start on the all mountain snowboard. I have never been out of South Africa, and it never snows here but I have always wanted to try either snowboarding or skiing, Definitely on my bucket list.

    Do you know which one is more dangerous. Maybe as a Novice, it would be better to start with skiing.

  7. Darren

    I’ve only tried snowboarding a few times along with skiing. It’s harder than it looks, but fun once you start to get the hang of it and can stay off your butt and on your feet. I must say I prefer it to skiing. I’m really wanting to get back to the snow someday soon.

    As I’m still a novice snowboarder, what type of snowboard do you think would best suit a beginner?

  8. Hannah

    I knew there were different types of snowboards but that’s about as far as my knowledge went.

    I would probably want to get the freestyle snowboard. I’m assuming that one is for more general sort of riding.

    Great article. Very easy to read and understand. It’s pretty cool to known the different types of snowboards

  9. JonBro

    I’ve only ever ridden an all-mountain board. I love them! They are so fun through the powder and turn nicely on the groomers.

    I’ve often seen guys popping wheelies on their boards. I always thought it was merely skill level. Never had much success on my stiff board. Now I realize it’s board flex (duh!) and certain boards are just flexy.

    May you find deep powder out there!


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