PHOTOS: Nick Hamilton
LOCATION: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Revelstoke, BC
CAPiTA – Charlie Slasher
Sizes: 154, 158, 161, 164
The Charlie Slasher is a long-reigning ruler in the powder kingdom. We found it easy to ride with ample float and enough stability to bust through the choppy and sloppy conditions late in a storm cycle. Its tapered shape keeps the nose up and allows for laid-back turns. The larger nose is steadied by two carbon fiber slabs running from the front binding forward, which helped keep the board from chattering when hauling ass. The flat camber profile from the tail to the front binding blends into a large rockered section toward the nose. This gave the board effortless float and a forgiving ride.We found the medium flex capable of loading up ollies and reactive mid-turn, in rough terrain. Hidden inside the core, down the centerline, lies an ABS stringer for those who wish to slice it into a splitboard without damaging the core. This year's Slasher features a faster, tougher base material than the last version and more eco-friendly resin, too. For a predictable, directional deck that will keep you hovering over soft snow, Charlie is your man.
For the second annual Powder Board Review we packed our bags and headed north of the border to British Columbia. Basing out of Eagle Pass Heli in Revelstoke provided an incredible opportunity to try each board in its element—untouched powder way out in the Monashee Mountains. Picking Eagle Pass was a no-brainer with its snowboard-specific guiding, dreamy terrain, and small group dynamic. It’s a premier choice for heli-assisted backcountry riding and arguably the best operation in the business for snowboarders. The diversity of terrain–spine lines, low-angle pow fields, trees, pillows, and more–proved the ideal venue to find standout powder boards.