How to Find a Used Snowboard

How to Find a Used Snowboard
Snowboarding has become a popular winter sport since the 1980s, but it's not the most accessible winter activity. That's because the boards used can cost hundreds of dollars, particularly when they are new. These high costs deter many people from trying out a sport they might otherwise enjoy. One solution to the high cost of snowboarding is to purchase a used snowboard to try out the sport. It's less expensive than a new board, and, if you decide to sell it, you can usually get most or all of your money back.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Use an online auction website like eBay. Many people purchase all sorts of items from these websites, but their advantage is that you can occasionally purchase a snowboard for much cheaper than is typical because of the decreased demand. Other popular locations are at moving and garage sales and classified ads, where people are usually trying to unload junk.
Step 2
Visit a snowboard pro shop and ask if they sell used snowboards. If the sales manager doesn't sell them, he will usually know where to direct people in that region to find used snowboards.
Step 3
Call any ski resorts or mountain recreational parks in your area and ask if they have snowboards for sale or are aware of any good places to find a used board. These places frequently have snowboards available for sale periodically, and some feature annual fairs where you can purchase quality used snowboards and other equipment. The employees of these locations also tend to be active members of the ski community and can direct you to little-known shops and listings where you can find a quality used snowboard.

Tips & Warnings

Check the laminate of the board's underside. If it is torn or cracked, the board won't run properly in the snow, and this can be expensive to replace, making it a poor snowboard to select.
Make sure there are no cracks in the topsheet, particularly near the bindings. If you have a cracked topsheet, you run the risk of your bindings breaking off mid-run.
Flex the board to make sure it is still pliable. Older boards will have their flexibility zapped and will be much stiffer and harder to use than newer boards.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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