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In an unfortunate turn of events here in Whistler I lost my snowboard in transit, but fortunately the wonderful people at Whistler Blackcomb and Showcase Snowboards hooked me up with some new goods right away. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love after hearing about the The Burton Nug– an entirely new kind of snowboard meant to be downsized 8-10cm from your normal snowboard size for extra agility and fun. It’s a lot wider, and because of something called ‘flex profiling’, all the edges are very effective in every kind of condition.

I can easily say I’ve never had as much fun on any snowboard over the past 10 years. It’s just so all around well made. Surprisingly stable at high speeds, poppy, and even solid ripping in deeper steep powder. Maybe short and wide will make a comeback. I for one am totally sold. You can listen to John Gerndt (Burton’s board testing development guru) talk about making the Nug here.