PHOTOS: Nick Hamilton
LOCATION: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Revelstoke, BC
Salomon – Super 8
Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 160, 163
Predictable, powerful, and unlimited are a few words we heard used to describe the Super 8. This multi-purpose powder board designed by celebrated Salomon team riders Wolle Nyvelt and Josh Dirksen was devised to not only hack up fresh powder, but rally the resort equally well. While we were far from a resort at Eagle Pass, we pushed this board through variable conditions with ease.The setback stance and camber profile lets us auger our back feet into the snow without washing or looping out, while the flat section from the front foot forward allowed for a nice, planed float. Two sets of basalt stringers running from tip to tail amplify response and pop while still maintaining the board's medium overall flex. We found this especially apparent in the tail when loading up ollies and riding in the backseat. Salomon's Popster core milling thins out the core in specific areas to promote pop and create fluent torsional flex. A touch of added width gives this board a slight advantage in the float and stability department but also minimizes toe and heel drag for riders with large feet. For those seeking surf-style powder riding, freestyle features, and mean carves after the storm, the Super 8 is the solution.
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.