JH Shaper Summit Powder Board Test

Shaper Summit Jackson Hole Snowboard Test

The Jackson Hole Shaper Summit founded by Rob Kingwill is a snowboard test that focuses on riding powder boards and freeride snowboard shapes.  The valuable and honest feedback the testers known as Mountain Warriors give is in turn shared with the board’s designers and brands.

Gary Hansen Shaper Summit Jackson Hole

Gary Hansen Exiting the Whiteroom on a Never Summer Swift at the Jackson Hole Shaper Summit

This year Jackson Hole Shaper Summit went off with 6 feet of snow in 5 days at the legendary as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

These boards were fun to try for a day, however 1-2 laps a board doesn’t give the full story. For the top powder boards of the year check out this piece we put together – Best Powder Boards of 2020

Shaper Summit Powder Boards Favorites

2020 Rossignol Sashimi

Rossignol Sashimi LG Light – ($599.95)

2020 Winterstick

Winterstick Rob Kingwill ARK – ($1,099)

Rob’s Winterstick Pro Model Snowboard was my personal favorite riding the mountain top to bottom

2020 Telus Snowboards

Telos Back Slash Snowboard – ($595.95)

Cardiff Snowcraft Swell Snowboard

 

Snowboard Topsheet

Cardiff Snowcraft Swell

The only hiccup with testing boards in a format like this is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a burly mountain.  When the snow’s super deep and untracked you can get away with riding a board with a huge tail or some funky surf-inspired shape.

2020 Never Summer Dipstick Snowboard

Never Summer Dipstick – ($539.99)

2020 Notice Snowboards

Notice Smash Ghost Snowboard – ($850)

Why did I ride these boards? When the snow starts to gets tracked it’s much easier and safer to pick a snowboard that will offer a more familiar feel.  In my case, that’s more of a twin tip, directional board to be able to handle riding Jackson Hole Mountain Resort from the top to bottom across a variety of terrain and snow conditions.

2020 Notice Bat Tail Snowboard

Notice Custom Snowboard Shape

Wondering what powder boards made the Mountain Weekly News best-of list this year?  Check out this piece we did on the best 2020 powder boards.

Shaper Summit Jackson Hole Photos


 

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

7 Comments on "JH Shaper Summit Powder Board Test"

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  2. Great write up as always! How was the Telos in the deep conditions? Did you have opportunity to ride Cardiff’s Powgoda as well? Great event!

    • Mike Hardaker | March 1, 2019 at 8:33 AM | Reply

      Justin, Looks like we have a Cardiff Powgoda Splitboard heading our way for testing. Super pumped. The solid version was hands down one of the most popular snowboards at the event. These boards have a really unique look, design and feel I ended up on their Swell instead. The Telos boards were fun, a little wide underfoot on the size I took but blasted through powder with ease. And they got some darn fine looking splits as well. I will post a link up to the review when they go live on the shaper site. Thanks for the comment.

      • Hey Mike,
        The Powgoda solid was popular last year too!
        Thanks for the feedback!
        Look forward to hearing thoughts on the split

        • Hi Mike,
          Is that Telos Back Slash marketed as a pow board? Does it float better than some of the bigger pow shapes you tested? Looking for a board for Japan

          • Mike Hardaker | March 18, 2019 at 9:54 AM |

            Justin,

            The Telos indeed is for smashing powder. Would work great in JP. 148 and 153 sizes seem small, but the board rides big.

          • Justin Vicary | March 18, 2019 at 3:57 PM |

            Thanks for the feedback. On initial appearance it looks like it would ride pow well but not superbly. Obviously it’s design in the specs makes it a Powder warrior

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