Words: Tyler Macleod // Photos: Chris Wellhausen
Located just up Little Cottonwood Canyon, a short drive from the snowboard cultural hub of Salt Lake City, is a seminal resort that's best described as anything but little. Spanning 2,500 acres of unyielding terrain with an adrenaline-inducing vertical drop that exceeds 3,000 feet—all accessible by a mellow eight-minute ride up the resort's iconic tram—there are few other places in the world that could objectively measure a snowboard's worth like Snowbird.
This is why TransWorld SNOWboarding and its diverse crew of all-mountain testers returned to the proclaimed land of the Greatest Snow on Earth for a consecutive year. Just a few short steps off the tram, we had access to some of North America's steepest and most sustained runs, offering everything from sketchy cat track gaps and sidehits to perfectly groomed corduroy. Then it dumped. In other words, it was the prime testing scenario for our extensive stack of all-mountain submissions.
With days that started before the sun peaked over the Wasatch Range and ended well past operating hours of the hotel's hot tubs, we wrapped our week at Snowbird with legs and boards equally worn. As we drove down the canyon, we had the necessary info confirm that within this collection of boards is one that will exceed your all-mountain needs.
Full Good Wood 2019 results will be dropping October 1st, 2018, here on TWSNOW.com.
Good Wood 2019 presented by evo.com.
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board’s performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.