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Where are Snowboards Made? [36 Top Manufacturers]

by Fraser

Winter is nearly here and there’s one thing on my mind: snowboarding.

So much so that I decided to dig out my beloved gear from the garage. As I stared wistfully at my beautifully crafted quiver, I couldn’t help but wonder; where are snowboards made?

A simple question… Or so I thought!

As it turns out, there’s a lot of mystery around snowboard manufacture. But after several painstaking hours of research, and several alcoholic beverages, here are my results…

The Short Answer

Let’s be real, our attention spans are shorter than… wait, what was I saying?

Anyway… Where are snowboards made?

Snowboards are primarily made in manufacturing facilities located in Asia, the U.S., and Europe. The bigger brands often manufacture in Asia due to cost efficiencies and advanced facilities, while boutique brands often manufacture in their home countries.

I made an infographic which provides a pretty good roundup of where the most popular snowboards are manufactured. 

where are snowboards made? (infographic - diagram)

1. The Big Brands and Their Hubs

The first thing to note is that many of the most well-known snowboard brands have their headquarters in the US. Burton, one of the biggest names in the industry, is based in Vermont.

Yet, being headquartered in one place doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where the snowboards are produced.

In fact, a large portion of snowboards, even those from renowned brands, are manufactured in Asia, especially in countries like China and Taiwan.

Why? It’s cheaper! (plus they admittedly do have some pretty advanced manufacturing facilities). 

2. The Boutique Brands

In my quest, I was thrilled to discover numerous smaller boutique snowboard brands dotted around the world.

This was particularly the case in snow-rich countries like Canada, the US, Austria, and Switzerland.

These brands often handcraft their boards, ensuring each one gets a touch of personal attention.

A prime example is the world-famous CAPiTA Mothership.

Inside The Mothership

The Mothership, nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is more than just a snowboard manufacturing facility.

It’s a testament to cutting-edge design, eco-conscious practices, and pure snowboarding passion.

Praised as one of the most advanced board-building facilities in the world, The Mothership marries traditional craftsmanship with innovative technology, ensuring every snowboard is a work of art. 

This is just one of the reasons CAPiTA is a great snowboard brand

3. Sustainability in Snowboard Manufacturing

As an eco-conscious rider, I was keen on understanding the environmental implications of snowboard manufacturing.

The good news is, many brands, big and small, are making strides in this arena.

Some, like Niche Snowboards from Salt Lake City, focus on eco-friendly production processes and materials, from recycled sidewalls to bio-based resins.

4. The Artistry of Crafting Boards

One fascinating revelation from my journey was how much tech and artistry goes into building a snowboard.

The process begins with a core, usually made of wood like poplar or bamboo, followed by layering with fiberglass or carbon for stiffness. Each element, from the base material to the type of edges, is chosen for specific ride qualities. Not an easy task!

Where Are Snowboards Made? (Specific Brands)

Arbor Snowboards are predominantly manufactured in Dubai, UAE, at the SWS (Sideways Sports) factory. 

Arbor have a strong commitment to sustainable materials and emphasize their roots and operations in Venice, California, USA.

Bataleon snowboards are now manufactured in Austria.

They previously used the Elan Factory (Austria) but shifted temporarily to Asia when that closed down. They now use the CAPiTA Mothership.

Burton primarily manufactures its snowboards in China, but it also has production facilities in Austria and Vermont, USA.

*Burton run a small number of prototypes out of Vermont, but the vast majority of production is based in China and Austria.

Gnu produces its snowboards in the USA, specifically in Washington state.

Mervin Manufacturing owns and produces Lib Tech, GNU, Roxy and Bent Metal snowboard gear.

Jones snowboards are primarily produced at the SWS factory in Dubai, UAE.

K2 snowboards are primarily manufactured in the Guangzhou Province, China.

K2 and Ride snowboards are owned and manufactured by the same company (K2 Sports LLC).

Korua shapes its distinct snowboards in Taiwan, but the brand has deep ties and origins in Switzerland.

Lib Tech snowboards are produced in the USA, specifically at the Mervin Manufacturing facility in Washington state.

Mervin Manufacturing owns and produces Lib Tech, GNU, Roxy and Bent Metal snowboard gear.

Never Summer handmakes their snowboards in Denver, Colorado, USA.

This is also the location of the head office and HQ. An impressive feat in this day and age!

Nitro produces its snowboards in Taiwan.

Rome manufactures their snowboards in the GST Factory in Austria.

*This one was tricky and may be inaccurate. They have previously used factories in Taiwan and Canada. 

Ride make their snowboards in a factory located in the Guangzhou Province, China.

K2 and Ride snowboards are owned and manufactured by the same company (K2 Sports LLC).

 

For the most part, Salomon snowboards are manufactured in China.

YES. snowboards are produced at the SWS factory in Dubai, UAE.

Final Thoughts

From bustling factories in Asia to cozy workshops nestled in the mountains, every snowboard has a story to tell.

So next time you hit the slopes, take a moment to appreciate the journey your board has been on – it’s quite the adventure! 

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