If you plan on taking your family to the slopes this year you may be interested in one of the best snowboards for kids.
In order for your child to have a good time you need to get the right product. There’s a couple things to think about before making your purchase and I’ll show you what’s most important. After, you’ll see my top picks for boys and girls.
I’m positive you’ll find a board on this list that your kid will love.
How To Choose A Youth Snowboard
When picking out a new snowboard, make sure to consider the following:
- The skill level of your child and where they’ll be riding
- Getting the right length and width
- Smaller features (flex, profile, core materials, etc.)
The first thing you need to do is access your little one’s ability and think about where they’ll be riding. There’s a big difference between a beginner snowboard and snowboard for someone more advanced. There’s a difference in shape, materials and stiffness too.
Also, a board made for the park isn’t the same as a board made for on trail or back country. If your boy or girl likes to be in the park exclusively you’ll want a product that’s true twin. This means your kid will be able to ride forwards and backwards, which is helpful when coming off a rail or jump.
A snowboarder that only stays on trail will want a directional board. This means it must be ridden forwards.
Most people like to ride in various conditions and if that’s the case with your boy or girl, you’ll want directional twins – these are also known as all mountain snowboards. These products can be used on trail, in the backcoutnry on the fresh powder and in the park. They’re the perfect middle ground.
After, you’ve determined that you’ll want to shift your attention to length and width. Figuring out the length is a mixture of your child’s height, weight, skill level and where they’ll be riding.
Here’s a video that goes a little more in depth:
Not that hard. A good rule of thumb is to get a board between your chin and nose – anyone that wants more speed should go a little longer and anyone that spends the majority of their time in the park will want to go a little shorter.
Here’s a graph that’ll help you size the snowboard correctly:
Selecting the right width is a straight forward process too. Here’s a video that makes this decision easy:
As you can see it basically comes down to boot size.
Lastly, look at all the smaller features that make up a snowboard and a lot this comes down to the type of snowboarder your child is. This is true for flex/stiffness of a board.
If you want a park board you’ll want a product that has a soft flex (less stiff). If speed is the number one thing you desire on the slopes you’ll want a stiffer board. Anyone that wants an all mountain snowboard (one that excels on all parts of the mountain) should go somewhere in the middle.
Other small features like core, snowboard profile and materials have a lot to do with where you snowboard and quality of the product. I go more in depth about the smaller features of each snowboard below.
Now that you know exactly what to consider, let’s take a look at my top picks now.
Best Snowboards For Boys:
Burton Chopper Boys Snowboard
Burton is a well known snowboard brand and you’ll see their gear and equipment all over the slopes this year. They know what they’re doing when it comes to making a snowboard and this shows with the Burton Chopper.
This is a product that your boy can take all over the mountain. If they want to explore the park the Chopper works there because it flaunts a true twin shape – this means they can ride switch (backwards or forwards) and this helps when coming off a rail or landing a trick.
It also sports a Flat Top Rocker and this is good for trail riding. It’ll help keep the board stable at faster speeds and it edges hard packed snow well.
Some other awesome features include:
- FSC Certified Fly Core combines two different woods to make a lively, strong and lightweight product
- Extruded base doesn’t require a lot of up keep
- 3 year warranty which is very good for snowboards
The flex is very soft too and this makes the Chopper forgivable and easy to handle. Because of this it’s good for a wide variety of riders. You can be anywhere from a beginner to pretty advanced and have fun with this board.
It’s also priced very fair. This is a good value for all that you’re getting and the warranty as well.
Flow Micron Verve
I really like how the Flow Micron Verve looks and if you decide on this snowboard I know your son will too. The colors really pop and it has a good design.
But how it looks isn’t as important as how it performance, right? You’ll be happy to know the Micron Verve is a high quality board and will have your boy ripping it up out there. This is another product that excels on all parts of the mountain and is good for versatile riders.
Your child will also like that it comes with:
- EZ Rock profile makes this piece of equipment stable and maneuverability
- An extremely soft flex is good for lighter children and is easy to control
- Tru Flex Core allows this board to work in all snow conditions and reduces some weight
- True twin shape means your kid can hit up the park when they want to get some air
- Optix 2000 base is easy to maintain and is strong
This probably isn’t the best board for an absolute beginner and is best suited for someone with a little ability. You don’t need to be an expert but at least a solid intermediate.
Also, the price is pretty good. You know what makes this price really good? It comes with a 4 year warranty. This board is meant to last and won’t crack or break anytime soon.
Capita Children Of The Gnar
The Capita Children Of The Gnar is another quality snowboard that’s going to perform. This product works well on trail but it shines in the park. If your boy likes to get air and hit some rails, they’re going to love the Children Of The Gnar.
It’s a good freestyle board because it has a Hybrid Camber Profile which provides a bunch of pop and makes this product responsive. This also helps when you’re making carves and turns.
You’ll also like that it has:
- RFC Substantial Select Core gives this snowboard a playful feel and is made from environmentally friendly and sustainable resources/materials
- Fiberglass laminates add a bit of durability and prevents chipping
- A low maintenance base is good for kids
- Soft flex gives more control to your child and makes falling/catching an edge less likely
This is another snowboard that’s tailor made for intermediates and up. If your son is still learning this sport, you’ll probably want a product that’s a little easier to handle.
The Children Of The Gnar can be considered a pricey piece of equipment but it’s not too bad. I personally think it’s worth it and I’m sure your boy will too if you decide on this snowboard.
Is your child just starting out and needs a good board to learn with? This isn’t the board for you. The Burton Protest is made for high performing shredders and those looking for top performance.
Honestly, your little guy should be pretty accomplished to ride with the Protest. He should be able to handle basically everything on the mountain and be considered pretty advanced for his age.
That’s because of all the features it includes, like:
- Camber snowboard profile makes this product responsive and adds a bit of pop
- Medium flex means this piece of equipment works well in all parts of the mountain and can reach some fast speeds
- Twin shape is good for coming off rails and jumps
- Fiberglass laminates ensure this product will last and gives you a smooth ride
- Sintered base is wear and tear resistant
Usually when you get top of the line equipment you have to pay a high price. That’s not actually the case here.
The best part is this board comes with a 3 year warranty and this is pretty amazing. Burton knows this product is going to be rode hard and they still think it’s going to last 3 years, minimum.
So if your son can handle what this snowboard offers you should definitely think about purchasing it.
If your child is absolutely new to snowboarding, the Nitro Ripper is a product you should think about. The Ripper is designed specifically to make the learning process easy and won’t give your boy too much performance.
The entire time they’re strapped to this board they’ll feel in control and safe. It’s made to go slow and take wide carves which is perfect for novices.
Some other aspects you’ll like include:
- Zero camber which makes this piece of equipment very maneuverable
- True Twin tip means it’s suitable for the park if your boy decides to venture in there
- Radial Sidecut reduces chatter and will keep things smooth when going fast
- Hi-Def Base will last through the years and is resistant to cracks and scratches
- Bi Light Laminates add a bit of strength to the Ripper
Because this is a beginner board it’s not really made to do anything crazy or tackle any tough terrain – it could struggle in deep powder and in conditions like that. I’d keep this snowboard on groomed trails.
Also, you can purchase it for a low price. It’s a great value for what you’re getting and you get a 2 year warranty with that. My guess is it’ll last much longer than that and you’ll be able to hand it down from kid to kid.
Salomon Villain Grom
This Salomon product, The Villain Grom, is a beginner board just like the one you just saw. This one, though, is a little more high quality. I’m not saying the Ripper is low quality but the Villain is just a superior snowboard.
This is a piece of equipment that your son would be very lucky to learn snowboarding with – I wish I had something this nice in the beginning! It’s so easy to control and gives an extremely comfortable and smooth ride. Some other features that are cool include:
- Rock Out Camber provides a good amount of stability and will keep your boy on his feet
- A soft flex makes this snowboard easy to handle and won’t make carves/turns too sharp
- EQ Rad Sidecut means you’ll able to move freely and won’t feel bogged down
- True twin shape enables your kid to ride backwards or forwards
- Aspen core is very durable and provides a good amount of playfulness
- ABS Sidewalls dampen vibrations and this makes it easy to ride through crud
- Extruded base makes life easy and won’t take a ton of work to maintain
The price is excellent too and your little boy can be ripping it up out there with this product for an affordable price. If you want the best board for a novice this might just be the one.
Burton Custom Smalls
Last on the list for boys comes from a brand you’ve already seen a few times, Burton. Their Custom Smalls is a versatile product and one that excels on all parts of the mountain.
If your son likes to take strolls through the park for some air and to hit some rails they’ll like the Custom Smalls. If they like to get a little speed on trail, they’ll get what they’re looking for here too. This board even works well off trail and can surf some soft powder.
Anything the mountain can throw at your kid, this piece of equipment can handle. It also comes with:
- Flying V Rocker gives a good amount of performance and really lets you grip the snow
- A forgiving flex and this prevents catching edges and falling face first into the snow
- Twin shape really helps out in the park and adds a bit of maneuverability
- A lightweight core that doesn’t skimp on performance
- Extruded base is good for people that don’t want to invest a lot of energy in maintenance
Because this product can do so much it’s best suited for people that already have some talent and are pretty competent. Your son doesn’t have to be a pro in the making but at least a strong intermediate.
The price isn’t horrible either and you can purchase this snowboard for pretty cheap. This is pretty good, especially when you factor in the 3 year warranty. The Custom Smalls is meant to last.
Best Snowboards For Girls
K2 Lil’ Kandi
The K2 Lil’ Kandi is a snowboard that your daughter is going to love. First off, it has a design they’ll want to show off and one they’ll be happy to rock. How it looks isn’t the most important, though, and you’ll be happy to know this board performs quite well.
The Lil’ Kandi is excellent for learning and a great product for anyone just being introduced to snowboarding. If you really want you daughter to love the slopes when starting out, this is a snowboard you should consider.
That’s because it comes with:
- Catch Free Baseline Rocker that limits the board catching on the snow and this mean less time face planting
- True twin shape means you can ride switch
- Hybritech Noodle core is lightweight and won’t feel heavy to your little girl
- Hybritech Sidewalls adds a bit of durability
- 2000 Extruded base won’t take a lot of effort to maintain and holds on to its performance
The flex is ultra soft too and this means more forgiveness. It also means you won’t be flying down the mountain or taking too sharp of carves.
How much will this cost you? Not much actually. The price is very, very reasonable. You only get a 1 year warranty but you’ll probably get a few seasons out of the Lil Kandi’s.
You saw a lot of Burton snowboards for boys already and now it’s the girl’s turn. The Chicklet is a quality board and is another one that’s perfect for anyone learning this sport.
Everything about this board is tailor made for a beginner. It has a soft flex that’s easy to maneuver and it won’t be overly fast. The entire time your daughter is riding on this snowboard they’ll feel in control.
Some features you’ll like include:
- Flat Top Rocker prevents the board from catching an edge and this keeps your daughter on her feet
- Twin flex makes the Chicklet balanced and makes for enjoyable snowboarding
- Certified Fly Core cuts down on weight and ensures more fun when out on the slopes
My favorite aspect of this snowboard is the fact it comes with a 3 year warranty. You know a company believes in their product when they’re willing to put up this kind of guarantee.
The best part? This board won’t cost you too much. At a minimum you’ll get a few seasons out of the Chicklet too. That makes this product an excellent value, that’s for sure.
Just remember it’s not for accomplished snowboarders or anyone that craves high performance.
Salomon Gypsy Grom
The Salomon Gypsy is for the adventurous girl that likes to divide her time on trail and in the park. It gives the speed and performance for her to have fun when carving the mountain and the twin shape ensures good landings off rails and jumps.
This is also a very stable product and ones that’s really going to make your daughter feel safe and in control – this is because of the Rock Out Camber. It adds a good amount of responsiveness too.
Also, it has:
- A soft flex that’s very forgivable and this means you won’t have too fast of carves or turns
- EQ Sidecut makes this product durable
- Aspen core soaks up vibration and leads to a smooth ride
- BA LD laminates keeps this snowboard light
- Extruded base is easy to keep up with and won’t take too much effort to ensure tip top shape
- 2 year warranty is nice and will probably last longer than that
The Gypsy works for a wide variety of snowboarders and a variety of skill levels. If your little girl is exceptional you may want a different product but everyone else will enjoy it.
You’re in luck too, in terms of price. The Gypsy is a good mixture of low cost, performance and style.
The Nitro Arial is very stylish and is a product that works as well in the park as it does on trail. It’s designed to handle basically all snow conditions and this is good for any little shredder.
One thing I really like is the Cam-out Camber which allows for a responsive ride and tight turns. It also is forgiving which means it’ll take a pretty big edge or bad landing for your daughter to fall. Nobody likes face planting and this board will help prevent that.
Some additional cool features include:
- Twin shape is good for when your girl decides to tear through the park
- Powercore does an excellent job blending strength and a lightweight design
- Bi-Lite Laminates adds durability
- Premium Extruded base ensures your daughter can go fast when she wants to
- 2 year warranty lets you know this product is made to last
The Arial has a medium flex which is a litter stiffer than most of the snowboards on this list – a stiffer flex will give you a little extra performance and speed. This makes this piece of equipment perfect for intermediate riders.
The price is right where you’d expect it to be. Maybe you don’t want to pay this much if your kid is just starting out but it’s well worth it if your child already loves snowboarding and will get use out of it.
Burton Feel Good
There’s plenty of choices on this list if your daughter is just beginning to snowboard. The Burton Feel Good, however, is not for this skill level. This board is tailor made for girls that are pretty confident in their ability and already can shred. The Feel Good is for intermediates and up.
This board is made for performers for a lot of reason. First of, it has a medium flex and this means your child will be able to go pretty fast and make sharper turns. It also comes with a Flying V Rocker and this ensures good gripping and provides extra “pop.”
It also has:
- Twin shape is handy when your daughter decides to hit some jumps and rails
- Lightweight wooden core makes sure this board will last season after season
- 3 year warranty adds peace of mind that you’re buying a quality product
- Extruded base helps out in the speed department and is resistant to cracking
When you’re purchasing top of the line equipment, you’ll always have to expect to pay more and that’s the case here. The price isn’t crazy high either but it’s a little higher than most snowboards on this list. If you have a little extra to spend this year and decide on the Feel Good, you daughter will be thanking you, though.
Never Summer Starlet
Company: Never Summer
The Never Summer Starlet is good for all kinds of little girls. It has enough performance that skilled riders will have fun with it but it’s forgiving enough for absolute beginners too.
I personally believe you should have a little skill in terms of trail boarding to purchase the Never Summer but it’s ok if you don’t have any experience in the park. This snowboard is an excellent learning tool when it comes time to face jumps and rails.
That’s because it features:
- Original Rocker Camber adds versatility to this product and ensures your daughter can hit up any part of the mountain with ease
- Soft flex makes this board forgiving and won’t be too much to handle
- Press Flex Core makes getting air easier and creates soft landings
- FDS Laminates lessen vibrations and gives a smooth ride, even when your child is going through crud
- Sintered Sidewalls stand the test of time and are extremely durable
There’s a ton of different sizes to choose from too; no matter your kid’s height and weight you’ll be able to find a good match.
The price is more than fair too and your little girl can rock this product for an affordable price. The only downside to this snowboard is it only has a 1 year warranty. I’m sure you’ll get more than that out of it but it’s something to keep in mind.
The Arbor Helix is the last snowboard on this list and is one that works best for beginners. If your child already took the leap to intermediate or higher you should probably look for a different board.
This truly is an all mountain board and can be rode everywhere. This is because it comes with a System Rocker and this creates easy turning when trail riding and helps with spins and rails in the park.
Some other aspects your girl will enjoy include:
- Soft flex means your daughter will be in control and won’t feel overwhelmed
- Twin shape allows for switch riding
- Single Malt Core is very durable and ensures you won’t have to replace this product for at least a few seasons
- Extruded Base is easy to maintain which is good for anyone just learning how to snowboard
- Biax Laminates are another reason this board is good in all terrains
How much will the Helix cost? Not too much. This is the perfect price for a novice. If they love snowboarding you’ll get a quality board that’s going to last a few winters. If they end up hating snowboarding and never want to do it again, the price it takes to buy this board won’t set you back too much.
Don’t Let Your Kids Ride With A Low Quality Board!
Snowboarding and getting out to the slopes is awesome – when you have quality equipment. When your gear is low grade it can be frustrating and can make for a miserable experience.
At the end of the day it’s about having a good time and if you choose one of the snowboards on this list, your boy or girl will have a good time this season. No matter your budget or your child’s skill level you’ll find one that suits them perfectly on this list.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the snowboard section up top for tips and gear reviews.
Are you excited to purchase a new board for your kid?