Photos: Chris Wellhausen
“I want to live in this week forever,” Rel Friedman, a four-year veteran Good Wood tester mused on the last day of the All Mountain portion of our annual TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood Board Test. Though days were long and legs were tired, Rel's statement reflected the relentless stoke among testers at Good Wood.
This year, the All Mountain division of the test was held at Snowbird in Utah, which provided an all-time venue for the 19th annual iteration of Good Wood, the most comprehensive board test on the planet.
Throughout the weeklong event, testers rifled through boards from over 30 leading brands, riding and rating them on their performance in Snowbird's expansive terrain.
Days started early with special access to Snowbird's first tram, which provided insane views of the sunrise, fresh corduroy, and a wide-open mountain primed for pillaging.
Our esteemed tester pool was a culmination of riders from all over and included knowledgable locals including; Aaron Biittner, Jacob Levine, Tyler Blackburn, Amanda Hankison, Tyler Macleod, Tim Rechetniak, Brandon Parrish, Kit Hendrickson, Jenna Shlachter, Ben Berberich, and Kyle Biehl among others. Benny Pellegrino, also a local and the co-owner of Milosport, was a tester this year and came with his wealth of board knowledge and showed our crew all the secret stashes.
Karen Fisher, another four-year veteran tester, flew in for the event from Alaska, and was blown away at the access and run options for testing at Snowbird.
Snowbird has had a hell of a season with over 454" inches falling this winter, and the weather during test week was like spring break. This created a variety of snow consistencies perfect for truly testing the all-mountain capabilities of a snowboard. From hard-pack cord in the morning, to soft and slushy sidehits in the afternoon, testers were able to run each board through a spectrum of conditions.
Mornings were focused on fast laps, while afternoons were dedicated to heavy crew sessions in the Peruvian Gully, where hand-shaped hits allowed testers to go full send.
Evenings were spent luxing it up at the Cliff Lodge, located just at the base of the Bird. Despite being a bunch of board bums, the Cliff was welcoming to TransWorld staff and testers and provided comfortable accommodations for our motley crew. A couple memorable hot tubs parties may have even gone off in their posh rooftop spa.
Keep an eye out this fall to see which decks made the cut and will be awarded official 2017-2018 Good Wood gold badges.
We'll be dropping all the winners and info in our annual Gear Guide, so make sure to subscribe here to get the mag. We'll also have extended board reviews and videos online, so stay tuned to TWSNOW.com
A HUGE thanks to Snowbird for hosting an incredible week and to all our testers for being badass.