Burton's new all-mountain shape tore up the corduroy and had our testers drooling to try it in powder, and a few lucky ones did the day after the test when it dumped a foot at Aspen and the Skeleton Key could be seen slashing and bombing through powder-filled aspen groves. "This fish shape thrashes turns like a trout escaping the hands of a fisherman," one tester declared. Others applauded its supreme edge hold, turning capabilities, and flex claiming, "This is a proper, fined-tuned board that rules. It has a great flex all around. It's powerful, has snappy turns, and can hold an edge in tight and wide turns." The mechanics of the Skeleton Key are simple: a setback camber profile, milled wood core, and lively fiberglass. As a mid-wide directional board, it has the stability to rail and rally in a shorter running length, which also makes it easy to maneuver. Take it from our testers who further describe the ride as, "It plowed through chunder and held an edge like a boss," and "It's an amazing carving and freeride directional board that's super fun for getting surfy." Be it a powder day or not, the Skeleton Key has all-mountain riding on lock.
Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)
154 – 7.4 – 25.6
158 – 7.7 – 25.8
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board's flex.)
(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)