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About Snowboarding

Snowboarding in Australia is nothing short of spectacular, from blue-bird days on Mt Buller to watching the sunset while drinking a beverage on Perisher, there an endless amount of fun to be had. At Auski, we have thousands of snowboards, snowboard bindings, snowboard boots, snowboard jackets, snowboard pants, goggles, helmets, and accessoriesfor you to keep riding in the best snow gear all season.

Snowboard Brands

Discover the most extensive range of snowboardsin Australia at Auski, offering you a diverse range of your favourite brands year-round – Jones, Burton, Sims Collective, Lib Tech, Ride, Gnu, Capita, Bataleon, Nitro, Salomon, and more! The main difference between men'sand women'ssnowboards is the graphics; however, diving further into the board's features, there are three key differences. Men’s snowboards are generally wider than women’s snowboards, typically making room for a bigger boot size. Further, men's snowboards are usually stiffer than women's, and finally, the length, men's boards will be longer. However, snowboards are based on the weight and height of the individual, thus can differ from person to person.

Capita snowboards are an incredible brand available at Auski. They are passionate about snowboarding and built a brand that celebrates that. Capita makes excellent graphics, streamlined board models, and most of all, amazing experiences! Capita creates products that cater to various uses, from mountain to freestyle, there's a board for every occasion. Whether you're a total pro or just starting, Capita snowboards are the place to look.

Jones is another famous snowboard brand, and whether you're a boarding pro, an amateur, or a complete starter, Jones snowboards are sure to serve you well. Check out the top 10 snowboards of the 2022 snow season with insane new graphics and technology that takes the designs to the next level.

Choosing the right snowboard specifically for you can be overwhelming. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing a snowboard, your weight, height, ability level, and what terrain and riding style are you using the board for. Come into Auski, or chat to us online, and speak to one of our experienced crew members about choosing the correct board that will fit your budget.

Burton Snowboards

Burton Snowboards are Australia's favourite board choice. Their products are constructed to withstand the harshest conditions while looking great - allowing you to make the most out of every adventure. As an added plus, everyone at Burton cares. They care about boarding. They care about people. They care about our environment. Everything from Burton is a conscious and positive step towards a more sustainable future for us all to enjoy! Burtonoffers a range of gear and hardware for both males and females; Burton snowboard jackets, Burton snowboard pants, Burton beanies and accessories, Burton streetwear, Burton Snowboard boots and Burton bindings, Burton snowboards, and Burton luggage. This brand is what brought snowboarding to life, and at Auski, we have the latest and greatest range of Burton gear for you to get your hands on.

Snowboarding Boots

Snowboard boots are by far an essential part of your equipment. It can mean the difference between the best day you've ever had on the slopes or the worst. Boots are selected to fit our customers, ensuring that the right boot is available for you. We cater for wide and narrow fitting boots, soft and firm, plus different heel holds to ensure your snowboarding day is perfect. You need to check multiple features before purchasing the right snowboard boot. For top-level advice from industry professionals, check out our blog on how to buy the ultimate snowboard boot specifically for you. We've got incredibly experienced snowboard boot fitters with top-end expertise and knowledge in technical adjustments. Whether you bought your boots from us or not, if you're having trouble fitting them or you're unsure if they're the ones for you, bring them in, and we'll take a look.

Snowboard Bindings

Snowboard bindings vary for a reason, and they are made for different riding styles, a multitude of snowboards, and of course, have to be made to handle the size and weight of the rider. Burton snowboard bindings are the most popular, but Union, Bent Metal, and Salomon snowboard bindings offer different features and designs. Burton step-on bindings are a crowd favourite, offering a whole new level of convenience, comfort, and performance. It's Step On and Go with the most intuitive boot-binding system for riders of all levels, learn more about our Burton's step ons here. Men's and women's snowboard bindings are one of the most critical pieces of your snow gear, so if you are confused on which one to buy online, give us a call or come in-store and talk to the industry professionals about which ones are right for you.

Snowboard Jackets

Auski has many magnificent snowboard jackets available to keep you warm and dry on the slopes. Burton, L1, DC, Roxy, Oakley, Quicksilver, and Volcom are our most popular brands. Most of our snowboarding jackets are at least 10,000 mm waterproofing with 10k breathability, while some go up to 20-30k. Gore-Tex is one of the best fabrics to be used on jackets as it has a very high waterproof rating and is highly breathable. It will never lose its ratings as it is not coated in anything to make it waterproof. Take a look at the top 10 snowboard jackets for 2021/2022 for your next purchase. If you are unsure about the ratings on snowboard jackets and which is best for you, we have gathered everything you need to know about snow clothing insulation.

Snowboard Pants

We offer a range of snowboard pants consisting of different colours, prices, and styles. Similar to snowboard jackets, snowboard pants also incorporate waterproof and breathability ratings. We recommend a minimum waterproof rating of 5K if you ride primarily in cold and clear conditions. However, if you are an avid snowboarder, you will need more protection out on the mountain in unpredictable weather. We suggest looking at ratings of 10K-20K, with 20K being the best on the market. Other features to look out for in men's snowboarding pants are good venting, adjustable waist, pockets where you need them, and zippers at the bottom, so they go easily over your boots.

Do You Have to Wear a Helmet While Snowboarding?

The Australian Ski Areas Association (ASAA) recommends wearing helmets by Australian snowboarders and for individuals to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage before heading to the slopes. Our helmetsat Auski are designed to protect your head, provide ultimate comfort, and look stylish on the mountain. Anon, POC, Smith, Salomon, Giro, and Sweet Protection are all popular brands of helmets that we stock, in various sizes, styles and colours. We recommended ensuring your goggles fit with your helmet – this is why some people buy them at the same time or bring your helmet alone when choosing the goggle, and our team members will ensure they fit together seamlessly.

Snowboard Goggles

Snowboard goggles are a vital part of your snowboard gear. If you can't see where you are going, then you are in trouble! With hundreds of goggles online and in-store, Auski can help you find snow goggles that suits all your requirements and budget. The popular snow goggles brands include Smith, Anon, Giro, Oakley, Dragon, and Spy. There are a great variety of lens shapes, lens colours, and frame types within these popular brands.

Anon goggles are a crowd favourite at Auski when it comes to their new design, and the Anon Perceive lens range is an absolute game-changer for the constantly changing conditions on the mountains. State-of-the-art lens technology for any day at the snow, rain, hail, or shine, the new lenses have got you covered. The 2021 Perceive Lens allows for sharp visual definition, true colour contrast, and heightened on-snow perception.

Snowboard Clearance

At Auski, we have thousands of snowboards, snowboard bindings, snowboard boots, jackets, pants, goggles, helmets, and accessories to keep you riding in the best snow gear all season. Check our clearance page for great deals on snowboard gear all year round, along with the latest snowboarding items for sale now. Men’sand Women's snowboard gear can be costly. That's why at Auski, we always try to have a snowboard sale online so you can pick up some great deals all year round. Even big brands like Burton, Lib Tech, Roxy, DC, and GNU are on sale most of the time; shop now and get prepared for your next winter adventure.

Luggage Bags for Snowboards

We all know baggage handlers can be rough with your snowboard bag; the last thing you want is to get to your snow destination to find out your new board has been torn apart along with the crappy bag it was in. Protect your snowboards with high-quality snowboard travel bags from Burton, Dakine, or Roxy. Padded wheelie bags can protect your board when traveling overseas, and Burton bags even come with a lifetime warranty. The Burton Wheelie Gig Snowboard Bag 2021 is lightweight and can hold a board with bindings, boots, and all your clothing. If you want a high-volume bag, look at the Burton Wheelie Locker Snowboard Bag 2021 or the Dakine High Roller Snowboard Bag 2021. Each of these board bags can hold more than your baggage allowance will allow and are built to handle this extra weight on your travels.

Snowboard Gloves

Snowboard gloves and mitts are essential pieces of snow gear you will own. Gore-Tex and PrimaLoft leather gloves and mitts can allow you to snowboard all day long in extreme conditions. Auski’s online store has a vast selection of board gloves and mitts available all year round. If you get particularly cold hands in the snow, we suggest trying mitts rather than gloves, as when your fingers are next to each other in the mitt they keep each other warm and can trap the heat in. If your still unsure whether mitts of gloves are better for you, our blog gloves vs. mitts will help you decide.

Can You Snowboard in Australia?

Australia has nine snow resorts ready for you to strap on a snowboard and ride down between June and October. New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania are the only locations in Australia where you can snowboard, offering beautiful snowfields, cosy accommodation, and the best restaurants/après you'll find.

Ski Resorts & Snowboarding Near Melbourne

Three incredible snow resorts are located near Melbourne to snowboard, including Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, and Mt Buller. All are offering a diverse range of terrain for any ability.

Falls Creek Ski Resort

Falls Creek terrain is diverse, with multiple runs and parks for every ability. A great starting point for beginners is the Drovers area and Wombat's Ramble - Australia's longest green run at 2.2km. What makes this area even better is that there is no need to worry about unloading from the chairlift for first-timers on a snowboard. Halleys Comet and the Eagle Express are both detachable lifts which means you can ride them without a snowboard strapped on for a simple step-off at the top. 60% of Falls Creek trails are intermediate, the perfect snow resort for improving your snowboarding skills. There are also two intermediate terrain parks perfect for boarder’s keen to learn and develop their park riding skills. For advanced snowboarders that love a challenge, there are plenty of steep black runs. Castle Terrain Park and the Expert Line aren't parks for the faint-hearted, with massive jumps, narrow rails, and big gaps; this park is a lot of fun for the advanced snowboarder.

Mt Hotham Ski Resort

Mt Hotham is a popular ski resort 5 hours out of the heart of Melbourne. They are known for being an "upside-down" resort, with their village being at the top of the mountain. Mt Hotham is the perfect place to start as a beginner snowboarder with the Summit Run, and in the Southern end of the village, Easy Street and the QC slope located next to the Big D Express are also fantastic runs for beginners. Intermediate riders are spoiled with choice at Mt Hotham, the Orchard chairlift takes you to Big Slope, the Bushwacker, Watershed, and Twirlgig 1 and 2. Rambo Revenge is also a popular favourite for intermediate snowboarders. Advanced riders have the selection from black runs at the extreme zone, including Gotcha Ridge, the Coles Bowl, Mary's slide, and the Chute.

Mt Buller Ski Resort

Mt Buller is an easy 3-hour drive out of Melbourne, being the closest ski resort to the CBD. Snowboarding at Mt Buller is incredible, offering different downhill slopes tailored to any ability. Bourke Street is the famous beginner run overlooking the village, while Baldy and Burnt Hut Spur are perfect blue runs for those wanting to perfect their turns. Intermediate riders can travel up Bourke Street Express to get to Shakey Knees, a fun green run that will help you enhance your skills. Little Buller Spur is another favourite, along with Standard, Family Run, Summit, and Dam Run. Mt Buller excites snowboarders for their advanced terrain on the south side of the ski area, including Wood Run, the Bull Run, Wombats Bowls, Howqua Extension, McLaughlin's Shoulder, and Cow Camp.

Ski Resorts Near Sydney

New South Wales has some of the best ski resorts in Australia and most of them are only a few hours drive from Sydney.

Perisher Ski Resort

Perisher Resort is located roughly five and a half hours out of Sydney, with a collection of four mountains combined as one in the Snowy Mountains - Perisher Valley, Mount Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes, and Guthega. It's the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, with a great range of terrain from beginner runs at Happy Valley to advanced terrain like Olympic and Mt Perisher. Perisher is well known for its award-winning terrain parks. With five different parks catering for first timers through to advanced adrenaline junkies, they have got you covered.

Thredbo Ski Resort

Located in the heart of the NSW Snowy Mountains, Thredbo ski resort is easily accessible from Sydney or Melbourne. Thredbo's beautifully groomed runs include beginner slopes, such as the Friday Flat, and the runs from Crusier chairlift, an excellent place to master your snowboarding technique. Then once you've gained more confidence, head over to High Noon with more fun blue runs at the top of The Basin and in Central Spur. Suppose you're looking for a challenge, check out some of the best-advanced terrain in the country at Thredbo. The black graded terrain consists of relatively short runs, but Cannonball and Bushwhacker are popular. Thredbo offers a leisure centre comprised of a swimming pool with inflatables for the kids, a waterslide, recreational facilities, and a range of sports and fitness classes for days you want to have off from snowboarding.