If you’re looking for a quality product made by other snowboarders that genuinely care about you tearing up the mountain on the board theses snowboard manufacturing companies make some of our favorite snowboards in North America.
While the continued globalization of snowboarding and economical overseas manufacturing has caused many brands to build boards outside of North America, a number of great brands are still churning out a quality product on American soil. These American made snowboards and Canadian Snowboard brands have stayed true to their image while giving back to the mountain communities that support them. As a result, some of the most innovative snowboard technology and design characteristics have come from these companies.
Best American Made Snowboards
Busting at the seams with Colorado pride, this brand is known for its durability and hybrid approach to park and freeride terrain. A constantly changing lineup of snowboards and longboards has kept fans happy since 1983, making Never Summer one of the longest-lasting brands in the USA. Their approach of quality over marketing has kept their image consistent while carving out a healthy Colorado niche from the Denver, Co factory.
If you are looking for a snowboard from Colorado, NS has you covered. This is one of the best Colorado snowboard brands. And one of the few independent snowboard companies still around.
This Northwest powerhouse has been innovating and continuously turning out high tech quality goods since 1977. Including LibTech, GNU, and now Roxy, the Mervin influence is widespread throughout snowboarding. From the introduction of Banana tech and Magne-traction to the basalt surfboards built for the fickle NW surf, Mervin always has something in the works up in the forests of Washington.
The technology doesn’t stop at board performance; Mervin has been environmentally focused since day one, with the world’s most environMENTAL snowboard factory constantly innovating and turning out some of the planet’s most eco-conscious boards.
A snowboard company in Michigan? You better believe it and the boards absolutely rip. But the snowboard industry really hasn’t “publicly” paid much attention to what Nick Gilson the founder and his team have been doing. Perhaps the first snowboard company to offer a contoured base (Jones seems to love promoting that) when infact it was Nick at the SIA tradeshow 10+ years ago that first showed that technology.
Turns out riding a board with a contoured base is rad, and they have an entire line of boards to checkout some more traditional shapes like you might be used to. Checkout the podcast we did with Gilson founder Nick Gilson.
In the early days of splitboarding, Abe and Lee of TahoeLab came together with a plan to make boards that were built to handle the abuse of harsh backcountry treatment while still being able to RIP. Completely handmade from start to finish with hand profiled bamboo cores and full carbon fiber, the attention to detail and final tuning of these boards provide quality and durability from day one.
Keeping focused on a few solid designs that function excellently whether split or solid has led to a very well refined shape with amazing all-around characteristics.
Winterstick Snowboards are being hand made in Sugarloaf Maine, and have a roster of some heavy hitters from the legacy days of snowboarding inclduing Tom Burt, Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill. I had the chance to test out the ARK Snowboard a few years back during an incredibly deep powder cycle here in Jackson Hole, WY. And boy did that board perform well from top to bottom, the sort of I hate to say it “quiver killer” snowboard that can do just about anything and everything.
And apparently they’re making splitboards now too. Hopefully more to follow if Mountain Weekly News can get access to boards to review.
Founded back in 1999 by husband and wife Venture Snowboards have been the go to boards for big mountain riders for decades. These are the sort of bullet proof snowboards that are required for riding in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado or anywhere where its super rocky, think Big Sky Resort. What’s super rad about the brand is the owners Klem and Lisa Branner are people that are snowboarders first and foremost and business owners secondly.
The brand tried to close down for a few seasons but people in Colorado cringed, so if you’re looking for a durable, like really durable snowboard that’s focused on big mountain riding, going fall line and sending it, Venture Snowboards and even their splitboards are a solid pick.
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