Burton Social ($349)
For 2011, the Social is built with a softer flex and a few upgrades. It has a forgiving frame that’s easy to manipulate thanks to the V-Rocker shape and catch-free tune. But it’s not a sleeper; it pops off with new “Jumper Cable” carbon stringers in the tips. This deck also comes with a free lesson and lift-ticket package. Check burton.com/gosnowboarding for more.
Sizes: 138, 142, 147, 151
“The perfect snowboard! Fun and jibby with epic amounts of pop. Made snowboarding so easy.”