PHOTOS: Nick Hamilton
LOCATION: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Revelstoke, BC
Rome – Mountain Division
Sizes: 155, 159, 163
The Mountain Division is more a do-it-all deck than a niche collector's board. Its minimal directional shape, positive camber, firm flex, and bold build make it capable of charging in all conditions and terrain. We found this board competent in powder, yet its stiffer flex and cambered profile lent confidence in chunder.Rome's Free-The-Ride camber design puts positive camber from the tail to the front binding, then blends to a flat, then rockered profile in the nose. This gives riders control and power at the back foot, with the buoyancy needed in powder at the front. Two carbon fiber tubes, embedded in the core from the bindings toward the tail, along with Zylon material in the tail, amplify response, pop, and stability--even when the nose is wheelie'ing above fresh snow. At the center of the board is Rome's AirPop Core--their lightest design yet, composed of a multiwood construction with air pockets for a flyweight feel underfoot. For hard-charging riders who want a board to do it all, the Mountain Division is the answer.
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.