The following boards target the 1% descenders who worry more about their sticker job than sticker shock when it comes to getting the best ride that money can buy, as well as those tech-types who know that having a high-end, high performance model under one’s feet will help them get their money’s worth from those overpriced season passes and lift tickets. Composite materials, exotic woods and exclusivity are the selling points with these select sticks, so start saving up so you can throw down for one of these decks. — Pat Bridges

P: Mike Yoshida

We know what you’re thinking: How can a board like the Arbor Coda Camber Premium that comes with a poplar and paulownia core, carbon upright dampening, grip-tech edge control, triax and biax glass, 360 rails and a power ply topsheet with three different veneers sell for less than $600.00? There has to be a catch! Actually, the upright fenders at the tip and tail contact points facilitate a fluid turn initiation so truth be told, there is no catch! AVAILABLE LENGTHS: 153cm, 156cm, 159cm, 160(MW)cm, 162cm MSRP: $599.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Bataleon Flight E.S.

Just as they did with their Triple Base Technology, Bataleon has once again turned to baseball to find another inspiring way to help riders send it outside of the park, hence the inclusion of cork in the topsheet and edge ingredients of the Flight E.S. Known for its buoyancy, cork is also both lightweight and elastic creating an ideal additive to help alleviate chatter and improve swing weight making the Bataleon Flight E.S. an all star in any on deck situation. AVAILABLE LENGTHS: 153cm, 156cm, 159cm, 158Wcm, 160Wcm MSRP: $699.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. Such is the case with CAPiTA’s flagship Black Snowboard Of Death model where NANO-Carbon forks and a NANO-Carbon Base insure a stable and speedy stick for every all-mountain endeavor. These space-age accouterments combine with a Paulownia based Hover Core and WAH-POW Flat Kicks to make the Black Snowboard Of Death a deck to die for. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:156cm, 159cm, 162cm, 165cm MSRP: $619.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Jones Project X

Jeremy Jones and famed board design innovator Xavier Nidecker created the Project X as the board of tomorrow, albeit one you can buy today. Using only the finest ingredients the Project X is all about achieving superior performance via lightweight materials and cutting-edge manufacturing at any cost. Hence the price tag. Yet once fiberglass and foam composites and TeXtreme Carbon are added to the mix, an aggressive performer emerges. Mellow Magne-Traction, Spoon 2.0 tip contours and Power Camber help riders keep the Project X under control in any conditions. AVAILABLE LENGTHS: 158 MSRP: $1,499.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Lib Tech T. Rice Climax

Travis Rice’s new film, called The Fourth Phase, was by far the most anticipated movie in the history of snowboard cinema. If you haven’t seen it, then you certainly haven’t seen this snowboard, the Lib Technologies T. Rice Climax, in which he utilized in TFP to annihilate every fall line that lay in his path of destruction. With a pointed nose and a tapered tail reminiscent of surfboard design, the Climax navigates powder with ease, regardless of if you’re straight-lining or shussing through sluff and with Lib Tech’s patented XC2 banana rocker intermingled with camber and MagneTraction technology, this stick is stable in any condition, from icy groomers to soft spring slush. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:155cm, 159cm, 163cm MSRP: $999.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Never Summer Twenty-Five

To celebrate their Silver Anniversary Never Summer has produced another stunner with their aptly titled Twenty-Five. A freeride iteration of their celebrated Proto Type Two, the Twenty-Five has all the same high-end bells and whistles as its twin shaped kin, features like Ripsaw Rocker Camber, Hextech Topsheet and RDS 1+dampening but in a directional package. With seemingly a length and width for every full-sized freerider’s taste, the Twenty-Five is sure to be a sought after alpine performer for years to come. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:151cm, 155cm, 158cm, 160cm, 162cm, 165cm, 159Xcm, 163Xcm, 166Xcm MSRP: $599.95

P: Mike Yoshida

If you are looking for a board that evokes a sense of immortality then look no further than the Nitro Highlander. Able to slice up any slope with dexterity and ease, the Highlander relies upon miniature balsa tubes in its KOROYD CORE and carbon-based Diamond Laminates to achieve a damp and stable personality resulting in a freeriding weapon unlike any other. Unfortunately, shorter all-terrain enthusiasts are out of luck because there can only be one-fifty-nine and one-sixty-three Highlanders. AVAILABLE LENGTHS: 159cm, 163cm MSRP: $899.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Ride Timeless

While it’s pronounced aluminum inlaid topsheet is the Timeless’ most striking aspect, it’s overall approach to shape and sizing may be its most innovative feature. Rather than sticking to congruent waist widths regardless of length, the new and improved Timeless gradually gets girthier as its running length increases. This means that the float and buoyancy expected of a board with more mass is truly achieved without having to do a special “wide” version that distorts the designers intentions. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:153cm, 158cm, 162cm, 167cm MSRP: $699.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Rome Blur

Everyone has heard the saying, “You get what you pay for” but nowhere has that ethos been applied in a more far reaching application than with Rome’s “% For Snowboarding” program. Sure the sidecut skirting Carbon Dual Arc Turbo Rods that infuse the Blur with a responsive and damp demeanor and the liberal use of space-age Zylon carbon takes the strength-to-weight ration off the charts, but it is the idea that riders can buy online while still supporting local that make the Blur an even more forward thinking investment than any other directional option. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:156cm, 159cm, 162cm MSRP: $579.99

P: Mike Yoshida

Salomon Ultimate Ride

What can we say about the Ultimate Ride that isn’t already broadcast every time the board’s inspiration, Bode Merrill, straps in? Well there actually is a lot we can say, if we choose to say it in German. For example ,“Der Quadralizer Sidecut kombiniert radiale und elliptische…” You get the idea. As much as Bode points it, he is still well-rounded when it comes to turning, which is why he worked closely with Salomon engineers to develop the Quadralizer Sidecut. Quadralizer adds a few more flat edge elements to Salomons proven Equalizer Sidecut formula proving that even Bode can find straight edges good for some things. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:150cm, 153cm, 155cm, 158cm, 161cm MSRP: $599.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Slash Aurora

Introduced a few years ago, the Slash Aurora continues to gain notoriety as a platform for Gigi Rüf’s innovative RPM Sidecut. RPM works like traction control in a car where as the boards dynamic properties adapt to different stimuli. For instance, when a rider points it, the camber and construction are engineered to enhance stability by creating a front foot bias, yet at slower speeds a more nimble ride is the result of a rear focus. AVAILABLE LENGTHS:155cm, 158cm, 162cm MSRP: $649.95

P: Mike Yoshida

We don’t know why this Burton Custom is called the “Mystery” because if you are trying to figure out what makes this board so insane all the clues are there. Why is this board so fast? Easy; the Methlon sintered Teflon base. How does it hold such a solid line even on ice? Obviously, this is due to the use of Frostbite edges. What did Burton do to make it so light? Well, they started with a precision milled Ultrafly Core and then combined that with a proprietary carbon-fiber matrix. So while we have demystified all the elements that make this an insane board, we are still left with one mystery, why haven’t you headed to your local Burton dealer to get one of your own yet? AVAILABLE LENGTHS:154cm, 158cm, 163cm MSRP: $1,699.95