Last winter, our crew took to the mountains and tested 20 of the latest snowboards in a full range of conditions, including ice, man-made, groomed trails, and powder. We whittled down the entrants to the following four best boards for conquering the park, pipe, and powder.
Venture Odin Snowboard
BEST FOR BACKCOUNTRY
Named for a Norse god, this board was honed in Silverton, Colorado, home to some of the continent's gnarliest terrain. Ride it and you can tell why: The handmade board's rockered shape and offset stance keep riders on their rear legs to better devour backcountry. Underfoot, you can sense the maker's care in every step. [$595; venturesnowboards.com]