This years Venture Storm powderboard is a beast that will only be satiated in deep snow. Waiting in the lift line before riding it, I got the feeling that I was strapped to a missile.
Find out how this Venture Snowboard performed in Crested Butte during a massive snow cycle :
Venture Storm Review
The venture Storm was tad awkward at first because to be honest due to the size, its very much a surfboard with snowboard edges. In the deep it can make ones most unfathomable fantasies come true. Without effort, it stays on top of the snow and connects turns smoother than anything Ive ridden.
The board is heavy and wide and is meant to be operated at higher speeds in the deep. Its edges hold well because of the weight but wouldn’t be ideal in the park to learn new tricks. Its edginess and bulk make for stable, controlling pops and slow, comfortable spins. Its great for riders already sufficient at spinning but wanting to go bigger and slow it down to make smoother and more committed rotations.
Its not optimal for jibbing or park jumps but it could be used if so desired.
Venture Stubby Storm Video
The Storm comes with a soft nose to absorb any bumps in powder fields and a stiff, strong tail to stay on top of the snow. Its a tight flex but has a very interesting pop control.
Maneuvering the Storm is an initial challenge compared to most boards but worth the effort. More exertion is required to do skid slides or skid stops but with carving, the rider can make long, arcing turns, almost like steering a longboard or doing surf turns on a wave.
Control can be awkward at first but if the rider takes some time to really feel out a low, centered stance and really focus on the dynamics of body movement to effect board control, a perfect harmony can be reached and snowboarding style progressed. It takes some getting used to if not accustomed to a powder board but once so the rider will feel very comfortable and in control.
It came as a surprise how much control I felt when popping on this board. It makes it feel as simple as pumping a lever to send the board flying. When in the air it stays underfoot as if you were a commanding a skateboard ollie like a pro.
Riding switch can be a challenge. The rider really needs to crank back on that soft, long nose, but it can be ridden switch and its quite an exciting experience.
This board is what a pirate would select as his sea vessel, it will slice through any vast, tormented and stormy seas with precision and power and will sail smooth seas of powder as a legend. It is heavy, bold and serious and has a firm, controlling pop. Riding switch feels very comfortable and I would love to ride this style deck as my own some day. This is the board for big lines, open faces and any powder-draped feature.
The Venture Storm is as close to surfing as you can come while living in the mountains. I had so much fun riding this board during a massive snow storm that slammed into the Crested Butte Ski Resort leaving over 5 feet of deep powder. Hands down this board will make you the fastest rider on the hill. Not recommended for beginners, however Powder Junkies will want to have this in their quiver.
2014 Venture Storm Review by Brent Fullerton
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 Venture 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.