Formally known as the JH PowWow the Jackson Hole Shaper Summit founded by Rob Kingwill is an annual snowboard test that focuses on riding powderboards and freeride snowboard shapes. The valuable and honest feedback the testers known as Mountain Warriors give is in turn shared with the boards designers and brands.
What happens when you combine 6 feet of snow in 5 days at a place as legendary as Jackson Hole, with a bunch of ripping snowboarders and a tent full of snowboards to try? The Jackson Hole Shaper Summit is just that sort of event.
Winterstick Rob Kingwill ARK – ($1,099)
Rob’s Winterstick Pro Model Snowboard was my personal favorite riding the mountain top to bottom
Telos Back Slash Snowboard – ($595.95)
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.
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.
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