2014 Venture Storm Review
Hailing from Silverton, Colorado the Venture Storm Snowboard is a big mountain board that demands respect. While mounting my bindings on this Freeride machine I was slightly intimidated by its size, shape, and overall weight. The model I rode was 161cm in length and as a smaller framed rider it was bigger than I’m usually comfortable with. Combine that with its heavy feel and large nose and I doubted my abilities to make a turn on this beast. We’ve had a few big storms hit Jackson this season but it’s been pretty variable so I was able to test the Storm in a variety of snow conditions including hard pack, groomers, ice, chunder, bumps, and deep powder. My setup included a pair of Burton CO2 bindings with a size 6.5 Salomon Malamute.
The first week I rode the Storm it was primarily on groomers, hard pack and bumps at the resort due to low tide and lack of open terrain. I was immediately surprised by how well this board railed turns and held an edge through the arc of a turn. A flat camber profile on this board makes it easy to get on edge and a stiff flex between the feet gives it stability while riding the wind buffed upper mountain to the fresh groomed lower mountain. the flat camber also gives you a surfy, catch free ride while making it through the VW size moguls that inevitably form between storm cycles. We all love to ride pow but sometimes you have to make it through the shit to get the goods.
After handling well in less than optimal conditions, I was ready for some deep pow and steep terrain. A three day storm cycle brought fresh snow that replenished the resort and stacked up deep in the backcountry. The combination of a large rockered nose, flat camber, and short tail made it effortless while riding pillow lines and open bowls.
A stiffer flex in the tail gives it stability in tight chutes and variable snow while the nose plows through any debris in the run out. If you’re worried about stomping landings the nose and tail give you maximum stability weather landing in the backseat, squared, or weight forward. In this respect the Storm is very forgiving and will build your confidence when sending airs and dropping cliffs. The durability of a Venture board is unmistakable as I crushed plenty of rocks with minimal base damage. Cheers to the crew in Silverton for standing by their product with a 2 year warranty which is double the industry standard.
Bottom line with the Venture Storm is that it thrives in the big mountain arena so leave your tall-t at home. I would recommend this board to anyone looking for a quality built board that will allow them to progress their riding in natural terrain. I’d say “take my word for it” but that’s bullshit so pick one up and ride it yourself.