Snowskates
Bi-decks raise the level of winter skating.

Snowboarding’s stepchild is on the creep, sneakin’ up on Big Brother and staking claims of its own—snowskate parks and all.

Snow brands are climbing onto the ghetto craze like refugees on a rowboat, all relieved about a fresh sliding toy and eager to get a piece while it’s hot. New skates from Gnu and Salomon have surfaced since last year’s Guide, and OGs like Premier and Burton have been busy in the backshop, refining their business.

 

The bi-deck style is taking it away but also jacking the price of play. (Isn’t one rich kid’s sport enough?) But the performance of more-evolved designs is pushing levels and opening resort doors where once they were locked. Go with an elevated ride for turning, ollieing, and a closer-to-real skate feel.

Simple, one-dimension sleds are still on shelves—and worthy backyard tools; you’ll get to the handrail on a budget model, but not much farther. If your trust fund hasn’t kicked in yet and a bi-deck is out of range, just claim you’re keepin’ it real—someone has to, right? Now clear the drive and get after it, punk.—K.H.

Burton
Link
$200
burton.com

Fuse
Quadra
$200
fusesnow.com

Lamar
Jimmy Halopoff
$90
lamarsnow.com

Gnu
Michigan
$179
mervinmfg.com

Premier
Todd Richards-Pro Signature Series
$90
premiersnowsk8.com

Salomon
Eye
$180
salomonsnowboard.com

World Industries
Conflict
$120
worldindustries.com

Santa Cruz
Winterskate
$75
scskate.com