Most experts agree that children as young as 5 can hit the slopes safely. Kids’ snowboards are lightweight, durable and have softer flex. They might have fun graphics but don’t worry, the boards are constructed with the same high quality standards as the ones made for adults.
Generally, a child’s board should reach chest-height to give them lots of riding control. A properly fitting helmet is a necessity, and wrist and knee pads can help prevent injuries during the learning curve.
Youth Snowboard Sizing Tips
Width – Be sure to choose a board with the correct waist width relative to the size of your child’s feet. The goal is to get their toes flush with the edge of the board, so that they have maximum control while turning. Make sure they test out the board while wearing their boots.
Flex – Flex describes how and where the board bends. Longitudinal flex occurs from tip to tail, and torsional flex from edge to edge. Lots of testing has been done to create kids’ boards with maximum flex.
Here are some additional things to consider when buying a youth snowboard:
- Select a board on the shorter end of the size range if your kid is riding primarily in parks.
- Try a snowboard on the longer end of the size range if your child riding is mostly all mountain or freeriding.
- If your child is a beginner, look for a shorter board.