As you look around at the different brands of snowskates, you notice that there are actually quite a few different design types. Snowskates, also sometimes referred to as snowdecks, come roughly in 4 different types of design.
Basically this is just a skateboard deck that you put on the snow. Most of the time it has some sort of channels on the bottom of the board, which give some direction and support while rail riding. This board is most suitable if you’re into urban snowskating of technical tricks like flips. The nose and tail normally have a bigger angle to overcome the fact that you’re so low to the ground and still need some pop for tricks. Flat area? Think single deck configuration.
If you are more a slope person, then the bideck might be for you. It’s a skateboard deck with a small snowboard attached to the bottom, which makes contact with the snow. So you’re are standing at the same height as if you were skateboarding. Because you’re more on the slopes with this type of board, a lanyard to attach it to your ankle is mostly included, which limits you with the freedom to do tricks. Of course you can use it without a lanyard, but it’s not recommended. If you fall it becomes a deadly weapon with the speed it can go downhill. So think about that.
A brand with the bideck design is Ralston. I’ve got a few discontinued Burton Junkyard snowdecks laying around here for demo purposes. If anybody in the Netherlands or Belgium want to test them, let me know.
As an alternative for the bideck, one manufacturer started making bidecks which has a double ski on the bottom. This resembling the front and back truck of skateboard so it’s easier to ollie and jump. Couldn’t find any reviews about this one. The brand of this kind of snowskate is Sno22.
These are the version you can use in the powder snow. Much bigger ski/snowboard attached at the bottom. It gives you more like a surf-style experience in the snow.
The big deep pow surf boards. This is essentially surfing on snow. You use something that looks like a modified surfboard and have loads of fun.
The boards are big and require a totally other way of riding then the other boards. These boards can only be used in deep snow. Groomed and prepared slopes don’t offer enough depth to control the board.
I’ve found only one manufacturer for this type of snowskate. It’s a deck which has for small ski’s replacing the normal wheel setup of a skateboard. Looks interesting and would really want to try one. Reviews say, this one gives the best skateboard experience, but at the same time it’s quite a big bulkier then the other one, so harder to do tricks.
The only brand I could find that makes these kind of snowskates is Fuse.