The 12 Most Expensive Snowboards Ever Sold

Snowboards that you will never own

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Most riders experience sticker shock when shopping for the perfect new snowboard. It’s easy to pick out a board that’s exactly what you’re seeking, but paying for that board is usually pretty hard. These ten boards are the most expensive ever to hit the market, and they’ll probably make you feel better about purchasing that $400 board at the shop.

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12. Kessler Alpine

Price: $1,390

Just when you thought $500 was too much for a brand new board, the Kessler Alpine makes you feel like a complainer. Kessler’s top-quality boards have become established on the boardercross and snowboard racing scenes. The Alpine’s steady edge grip and Kessler Shape Technology means you get the best handling when you need it most.  The Alpine practically flies down the hill, and that’s why it has won more alpine titles than any other board.

11. Boheme Swallow

Price: $1,400

Boheme, a French ski and snowboard company, has been hand-crafting boards since 1998. The $1,400 Swallow is their top-end freeride board, that’s crafted for the highest level of powder riding. The solid wood core and top sheet constructed from 15 different kinds of wood let’s you know you’re at least getting some style for shelling out that amount of cash. And if you ever get a chance to test out the Boheme Swallow, you’ll find that it slashes through powder like a dream.

10. Burton Mystery

Price: $1,499.95

Many top-end boards add length and expensive woods to justify their high price point, but Burton took a different approach with the Mystery. It’s Burton’s lightest weight board, but the low weight also means high-tech features. Burton’s description of the board is a bit ambiguous, but terms like “Methlon Base” and “Mystery Glass” are part of what attracts their big-spending audience.

We do know that this board has a standard camber and true twin tips, so it can be ridden anywhere on the mountain.

9. Pogo Wingergun 205

Price: $1,600

The term “gun” has been used to describe fast-flying surfboards for years, and when Pogo named one of their most expensive board the Wingergun, they knew it would take riders to new speeds. The Wingergun is handcrafted from premium woods, and it glides on top of powder like a surfboard on water. The high-tech features, like Carbon Kevlar, a three-layer rubber frame, Titanal reinforcement, a poplar-ash core, and custom high-strength fiberglass, let you know you’re getting one of the most innovative freeride boards in the industry.

8. Endeavor Archetype

Price: $1,700

The Endeavor Archetype looks like a typical twin tip board at first glance, but this high-tech board is far from typical. Endeavor spends time experimenting in top-end snowboard design in their Archetype Lab, and this top-of-the-line and top-secret board is the result. Endeavor keeps the ingredients in this responsive, light, and floaty board a mystery, but its unique split tail design is said to shred through powder.

7. Pogo Maverick Powdergun

Price: $1,765

Pogo is no stranger to extremely high-priced snowboards, and the Maverick Powdergun will definitely burn a hole in your wallet.

This top-of-the-line powder freeride board measures in at a whopping 230 centimeters, which means you float higher and fly faster than ever before. The Maverick’s swallowtail helps you maneuver where you want to go, and the rocker on the nose and tail keep you from diving head-first into the fluffy stuff. A walnut veneer, maple stringers, and mother of pearl inlays make the Maverick look more like a piece of fine art than a snowboard.

6. Palmer Platinum LE

Price: $1900

Shelling out the price of a used car on a snowboard may make you cringe at first, but Palmer argues that riding the Palmer Platinum feels like flying. The company kicked fiberglass to the curb in the design of this board and opted for carbon laminates to make it ultra durable and lightweight. Palmer combined their carbon technology with Kessler’s racing tech to create a board that was so fast and light, riders would feel like they had wings.

Unfortunately, online reviews about the board’s faulty construction caused this top-end Palmer model to be discontinued.

5. Cheetah Ultra Sports The Whip

Price: $2,000

Cheetah Ultra Sports was going out on a limb with their The Whip design. This board is jam-packed with odd features like raised inserts, suspension, and something Cheetah Ultra Sports calls a “go faster stripe” carved out of the core of the board. FastCompany.com called The Whip the “Lamborghini of snowboards,” which seems to fit well because it is impractical, ridiculously flashy, and kind of ugly.

4. Miura Tekila

Price: $3,400

The Miura Tekila is a somewhat mythical snowboard with a value that has only been quoted. The Tekila, crafted by legendary snowboard designer Olivier Miura, never made it beyond the prototype stage, which is why the estimated price is roughly $3,000 if you can find one.

3. Burton BB1 Londonderry

Price: $11,211

The Burton BB1 Londonderry, sold on eBay on March 25, 2012, was still in perfect condition from the day it was built between 1978 and 1979. It was hand crafted in Londonderry, Vt., and had never even touched the snow. Thirteen bidders made 29 bids, and the board sold for $11,211.

2. Burton Black Widow

Price: $11,732

The vintage Burton Black Widow board may have sold on eBay for roughly $20,000 less than the Experimental Prototype, but it still brought in a pretty penny. This 1983 board was ridden and signed by Burton rider Bob Novak. The Black Widow was one of seven produced for the Burton team, and the seller claims it was ridden by Novak when he took home first place in a downhill competition at Pando Ski Area in 1984. There are rumors in the vintage snowboard community that this may have been a forgery. 

1. Burton Experimental Prototype

Price: $31,313.13

You may not buy your new boards on eBay, but the most expensive snowboard ever sold was found there. This 1977 Burton Experimental Prototype was sold on eBay on July 1, 2014 for the unbelievable price of $31,313.13. The board was sold by Vintage Winter, a ski and snowboard company that focuses on selling antique and vintage equipment.

Most other Burton Experimental Prototypes had been overly used, abused, and thrown in the trash can, which is what made the existence of this board so valuable. Vintage Winter representative Jeff Hume stated the company had never sold a board for that much before.