Shaper Summit 2023 Recap

Shaper Summit 2023 Recap

The Shaper Summit is at the top of the list of our favorite events in the snowboarding industry. It is put on by one of Jackson Hole's long time legends Rob Kingwill, aka "Kinger'' and is centered around the pure joy and stoke of snowboarding. Kinger opens the door to all brands no matter how big or small, from industry giants to custom shapers to come together and share in each other's work and ideas that drives the progression of snowboarding. It is the only event where you are invited to ride, rate, and share your thoughts on the boards of brands other than the one you work or ride for and anywhere else would be considered a competitor.

The Shaper Summit is held in Teton Village at Jackson Hole and this is the perfect resort for an event like this. JH offers over 4,000’ of vertical and 2,500 skiable acres with everything from steep alpine terrain, exciting trees, Stash Parks, and wide open groomers, and that is just inbounds. There are also 3,000 acres of some of the best backcountry you could ever hope to find right outside of the resort gates where you are able to ride back to the lifts and go get it again. With all this variable terrain you are really able to put all these boards to the test, finding different strengths and weaknesses and figure out what the shaper was going for with the design.

 The best part about the SS is when Kinger rallies everyone together for the annual “Mob The Mountain”. Everyone that is involved with the event grabs one of their favorite decks and heads up the Bridger Gondola to charge down together in a show of stoke and support of each other, our love for snowboarding, and in memory of those we have lost, but through snowboarding have forever left an impression on our lives. Jake Burton is always recognized, but there was a little extra charge at this year's MTM for our crew as we Mobbed for our team rider and good friend Herman Neal who we lost in October. Imagine the energy of roughly 100 rippin snowboarders all charged up, yelling, jumping, laughing, slashing, and spraying everything and everyone in the path of the Mob as we all rip down the slopes and through Dick’s Ditch of Jackson Hole! It is absolutely amazing! There aren’t a lot of events that bring together so many snowboarders with different riding interests and styles together, and truly capture the culture of snowboarding like Shaper Summit.



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Snowboards and gear.

Are you planning to buy a new snowboard? It’s important to know that all snowboards aren’t the same. You should look to purchase a board that is comfortable to ride and will improve your skills overtime. Snowboard length, width, shape, and other features like radius, sidecut, and board flex can greatly impact the riding experience.

Here are different types of snowboards that you should know before you get one for yourself:


All-mountain snowboards are suitable for different conditions and terrains. These snowboards are designed to perform on any mountain surface. They are a good choice for people who are new to snowboarding as they are still learning about different terrains and need something that would work for different surfaces.


Freeride snowboards are ideal for adventurous riders who trek into the backcountry. These snowboards provide good stability on hardpacked trails. They are typically longer in size and have a directional shape. Moreover, they are stiffer to withstand high-speed riding, which makes them harder to handle for beginners.

A snowboarder freestyling in the snow.


Freestyle boards are for ones looking for an energetic ride in the snow. These snowboards weigh lighter compared to the regular ones. The compact design and twin tips make it an excellent choice for snowboarders who want to freestyle in terrain parks and show off some moves. However, they’re not the best choice when it comes to riding fast on hard snow.

Split board

Split board evens the field between snowboarders and skiers. As the name suggests, it can be split apart into two pieces to be worn as skis. It allows snowboarders to climb up a mountain or high surfaces without carrying a snowboard on their back. The halves can be reconnected later, making them a very versatile type of snowboard for avid riders.


Powder snowboards are designed to keep seasonable snowboarders in mind. More importantly, they are crafted keeping deep snow into consideration. Riding a powder snowboard makes it easier to navigate sharp turns, control speed, and maintain an edge. The larger surface area means better float.

What’s more?

Choosing the correct width is very important to maintain balance. Your boots should extend slightly over the board. You should look at the size charts and recommended rider weights to ensure you pick the right snowboard. If you’re a beginner, opt for soft flex boards; otherwise, stiff flex boards are a better choice as they offer a better grip at high speed.

Now that you know the different types of snowboards and can pick the right one according to your profile, get a high-quality one for yourself.

Telos Snowboards is one of the top manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality snowboard equipment, providing an exclusive collection of snowboards. Whether you’re looking for an all-mountain snowboard or a freestyle snowboard, or backcountry board you can count on us. We help you get your desired snowboard without any hassle. Shop today!

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