Skiing and sledding are fun. But snowboarding? It’s a whole different dimension. And odds are, if you have snow-loving kids in your life, snowboarding holds some intrigue for them. Of course, some kids and their families are headed for groomed slopes with chairlifts and all. These kiddos might get snowboarding lessons on the bunny slopes or already know how to shred, and if they’re going to use their own boards, they’ll need to be legitimate snowboards, not toys.
If that’s not the kind of investment you’re looking to make, or you’d rather rent your kids’ or grandkids’ snowboards once you get where you’re going but do want them to have something to play with on the sledding hills closer to home, there are also snowboard-esque options that fit the bill.
Here, we consider the best kids’ snowboard options, from expertly crafted boards to fun and innovative snowboard-like toys that the kids in your life can enjoy all winter long. We also share a brief kids’ snowboard buying guide that will help you make an informed purchase.
The Best Kids’ Snowboards
This beginner snowboard from Lucky Bums combines features of our top and also consider picks, plus slightly more secure bindings, and is available at a great price in multiple colors (blue, green, pink, and red) and sizes (95 and 120 centimeters).
Nearly 70 percent of reviewers give the board 4- and 5-star ratings, calling it “a good buy” and “a great success.” There are numerous reviewer-posted pictures of kiddos playing and striking adorable poses on their boards, too.
The Lucky Bums bindings are simple and compatible with any snow boots, utilizing ratchet straps to provide a more secure fit than the Freeride board’s bindings.
Unfortunately, a few reviewers say the bindings weren’t the right size and show pictures of cracks in the plastic, both on the board itself and on the bindings. Like the majority of the products on our list, this board doesn’t have a metal edge, so learning steering and turning may need to come later on another board.
- Well suited to little kids
- Doesn’t require dedicated snowboarding boots
- Bindings may not be the right size
- No metal edge
- Not the highest quality kids’ snowboard available
- Light plastic construction
- Bindings with ratchet straps
- Available in 2 sizes and 4 colors
- Brand: Lucky Bums
- Board Length: 95 or 120 centimeters
- Weight Limit: 100 pounds
Kids’ Snowboards Buying Guide
If you’ve decided to purchase a snowboard for a child in your life, you’ve got some decisions ahead of you. Obviously, it’s important to know whether the board you’re going to buy should be thought of as a sledding alternative for use on snow-covered hills near home, or if it’s going to be used on ski slopes and snowboarding runs, or in snowboarding classes.
Here are a few things to consider as you decide between our best kids’ snowboard recommendations, or continue the hunt for the right board on your own.
Snowboards Vs. Snowboard-Inspired Toys
Our honorable mention pick, STAUBER’s Summit snowboard and binding package, includes what’s obviously a real snowboard. It comes in numerous sizes and has a steel edge and a real wood core. The package includes snowboard boot bindings. In fact, it’s not even made specifically for kids. You’ll just order based on the child’s height and, more importantly, their weight.
Some other children’s snowboard products, including the Emsco Group ESP Freeride snowboard, Burton Riglet board, and Lucky Bums’ beginner plastic snowboard inhabit the territory between snowboard and snowboard-inspired toy. They come in smaller sizes or a single size, are plastic rather than wood, and don’t have steel edges, which makes steering and turning difficult if not impossible. It doesn’t mean these are bad products, just that the real, athletic snowboarding will come later, after a child has enjoyed their first kiddy snowboard and graduates to the next level.
Finally, there are snowboard-inspired toys, like the Geospace Original LED Ski Skooter. No one’s arguing that this is a snowboard. In fact, it’s best thought of as a sled alternative that allows kiddos to get up on their feet and practicing balance while they enjoy some snow day or winter vacation fun.
Board Length, Weight Limit, And Style
The board your child needs will be determined by their weight and height. Length isn’t a big issue if you’re considering a snowboard-inspired toy. But if you want a snowboard that’s going to be suited to ski runs or snowboarding classes, be sure to consult the sizing guides provided by the manufacturer. It’s also important to note that some kids’ snowboards, like Burton’s Riglet, have low weight limits and will be grown out of quickly.
Finally, real boards (and some in-between kids’ snowboards) can be twin directional (meaning they can be ridden switch) and will have a specific profile. Flat profile boards like the Burton Riglet are very stable, whereas snowboards like the STAUBER Summit have cambers and rockers, or upward and downward curves that affect how they move over the snow. If the child you’re buying for is ready for a real board and interested in specific profiles, be sure to read up before ordering.