There are so many snowboards available these days. It helps to know the different types of snowboards and how their shapes and construction affect the way they ride. The staff at Viking will help you find the perfect board based on your height, weight, and riding style.

Viking Ski & Snowboard Shop carries over 80 different models of snowboards. A few of the top name brands we sell are Burton, Lib Tech, GNU, Ride, as well as others. When you purchase snowboards from Viking, it always comes with a Price Match Guarantee.

Top-Rated Snowboard Brands

  • Arbor
  • Burton
  • Capita
  • Gnu
  • Jones
  • K2
  • Lib Tech
  • Never Summer
  • Ride
  • Rossignol
  • Roxy
  • Salomon
  • Yes

Burton Snowboards

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Lib Tech boards

Endeavor snowboards

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Types of Snowboards for Men and Women

There are three main types of snowboards -- All Mountain, Freestyle, and Alpine. Snowboards have their own unique construction, material, shape, flex pattern, and size. The type of snowboard you purchase will depend on your height, weight, preference, and riding style.

All-Mountain Boards are the most popular snowboard. They are designed to perform well anywhere on the slopes. Most snowboarders use the all-mountain boards because of their versatility. These versatile decks can handle a variety of terrains.

Freestyle Boards are made to do tricks and jumps. They are light, short, and flexible.  The tip and tail of twin tip boards are symmetrical in shape with a centered stance, making it easier for beginners to ride forward and backward.

Alpine Boards are narrower compared to all-mountain and freestyle snowboards. They are best for riding and carving downhill, but not suitable for performing tricks. The boards have a long, narrow and stiff design for higher speed and cleaner carved turns. Alpine boards are ideal for quick edge turns and suitable for speed.

Viking has been Chicagoland’s go-to winter sports shop since 1966. We focus on training and product testing, so you can count on us to serve your snowboard needs. When you are ready to purchase a new snowboard, let our experienced staff assist you. We will help you find a snowboard that fits your weight, length, ability level, and riding style.


Viking Ski Shop in Chicago and Barrington sell snowboards, boots, bindings, and snowboarding clothes for men, women, and kids. We also have snowboard rentals, tuning, waxing, binding installation, and repairs. 

Our customers are throughout Illinois including Chicago, Barrington, Plainfield, Deerfield, Mokena, Wilmette, Skokie, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Bensenville, Hoffman Estates, as well as regions of Wisconsin and Indiana.