If you’ve been riding a few seasons, there’s a good chance you have an old snowboard lying about, gathering dust and feeling generally unloved. Rather than cart it around season to season, or keep it in the back of your parents garage, there are ways it can be put to good use.
Keep it and lend it to your mates who don’t have boards, save on rental costs.
There are definitely upsides to this, but in reality, are your mates who don’t have boards really going to appreciate a 2007 freeride board that has lost all its spring? They’d be better off getting a rental board designed for beginners, (assuming your mates who don’t have snowboards ARE beginners) on which they’ll have a much better day’s riding on. However, it is a useful thing to have when you’re really in a pinch – someone’s board has broken and they need something to tide them over for the rest of the week, for example.
Sell it on a popular auction website.
This seems like a good idea right? You’re getting money back on that three hundred quid you dropped two seasons ago; when you walked into a shop in the alps, a little tipsy from the night before. So in order to get a good price, you’ll need to take a few pictures and…wait – is that a coreshot? Well, you’ll need to get that repaired before you can sell it – that’s twenty quid, more if you give it a full service. And you’ll need to write a description, do you put on a reserve? Start the bid from zero or £50? Auction or Buy it Now? Or both? And how are you going to send it to the buyer – do you have a snowboard box? Oh, and the winning bidder is in Nigeria. Was it all worth it for the £83.24 you received?
Use it as a rock board
If you’ve ever ridden in Scotland or anywhere very early or late season, you’ll understand the importance of having a rock board in your quiver. Something that you can ride without worrying about the horrific scraping sound coming from underneath you. It depends on what kind of rider you are though. If you’re the once-a-season, week in Val d’Isère type then a rock board is probably not worth it. For the hundred-day-plus-a-season rider who’ll willingly do literally anything just to live in a resort town, having a snowboard you’ll quite happily trash is a must.
Trade it in!
Up until now, there has been nowhere that you could trade in an old snowboard. Here at ReRide, we wanted to change this, and we now allow you to trade in a snowboard to get a new board on the cheap. We’re not bothered by brand, you can trade in what you like – from the big names like Burton, Rome and K2 all the way down to the lesser known brands like Jones Snowboards, Yes, and Dinosaurs Will Die.
It’s easy to do, we’ll even provide the packaging to send us your old board in, pre-addressed. There’s no taking pictures, no writing descriptions, no servicing it beforehand. All we ask is that you read our page on what’s acceptable, then if you’re happy, fill in our trade-in form and we’ll send you out a discount code to buy your new snowboard. As soon as we get your old board, we’ll send you the new snowboard. Simples.
Cut it up
If you’ve ever hiked in snowshoes and attempted to keep up with skiers (especially if you consider beer to be a diet) on touring skis, then this one is for you. Take one circular saw (or similar) and one $300 kit from Voile and you can make yourself a splitboard. Essentially, you’ll have a pair of touring skis that you can turn into a snowboard to ride down. Sure it’s a little daunting taking a massive spinning blade to your once pride and joy, but if powder is the only thing that gets you up in the morning, then it’s a great project.