My main interest over the years in snowboarding has been alpine riding. Back in the day finding a carving board and hard boots [similar to ski boots] along with plate bindings to attach you very firmly to the board wasn’t a big deal. Burton used to offer 5-6 models to choose from. After my layoff from snowboarding I had a look a round at what was being offered and was surprised that nobody was selling alpine boards. Carving was gone from the radar and it was just freestyle and powder. I’m not a jumper [too frail!], but I do like powder! The Burton Supermodel board I’m riding now is a great powder board that’s still good in less than epic conditions. Last trip to Castle Mountain we spent quite a bit of time ripping up the freshly groomed runs laying down deep carves…fun fun fun! That reminded me how much I loved carving. Problem with the Supermodel is that it’s quite wide and my soft boots do not give a lot of precision to the inputs from my feet. The result is slow and sloppy carving – by comparison. Sort of like the difference between a a mountain bike with slicks and a road race bike.
The next time I was online I did some Googling and was shocked to find that Prior Snowboards out of Whistler BC still made dedicated carving boards like I used to ride. Sweet! I’m going to track down my hard boots and plate bindings to make sure everything still works/fits. I’ll be keeping my eye on this board, the Prior 4WD, and maybe pick one up over the summer for next season.