Board: 2017 K2 Party Platter
Type: All-Mountain/Powder - Directional
Camber Option: Flat between feet, rocker in nose and tail
Rider Weight: 150 LBS
Resort: Mt. Bachelor Resort, Oregon
Conditions: Warm temps, deep and heavy leftover powder, fast groomers
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -12° binding angles
Highlights: The K2 Party Platter is a lively snowboard that is best suited for powder, carving, and generally just having a good time whatever the snow conditions may be. Its directional shape and short tail make the board very maneuverable and provide a fun, surfy feel on groomers. The two biggest highlights for me on this snowboard is how well it is able to carve and hold an edge, and how quickly you are able transition from edge to edge and change directions (even in deep heavy snow).
Carving & Edge Hold: I’m always pleasantly surprised at how well snowboards with a very short tail are able to carve. The short tail gives you more leverage allowing you to really set a strong edge in your carve, this board has above average edge hold. The Party Platter also has a really fun side cut for carving; it’s not the most aggressive but with good form can still send you into a nice and tight aggressive carve. It is also a fairly wide snowboard, which helps avoid toe/heel drag when you really lean into carves. I think the rep described the carving experience best “this thing lays trenches in the snow”.
Flex: I found this board to have a directional flex that is stiffer in the tail and more playful in the nose. I would say it feels like a sturdy 6/10 in the tail transitioning to about a 4/10 in the nose.
Stability: This style of snowboard tends to lack stability due to the stubby tail. Carving groomers and charging powder, even at high speeds, is a non-issue, but when you start to ride through uneven terrain things change. With the short tail I found myself falling backwards on occasion because I couldn’t keep the board on the snow by dipping my tail when going through really choppy terrain.
Butters: The softer flexing and wide nose provides a nice platform for butter tricks. It’s easy to initiate the butter and I found the board to have a catch free feel when swiveling on the snow, too. You can have a lot of fun throwing some butter tricks in your run on the Party Platter, but I would say you’re really only able to butter with the nose of the snowboard.
Pop/Snap: The ollie pop is different with these stubby tailed directional snowboards; it is able to hold tension fairly well but you can’t get the same leverage as you can with a twin. You can ollie this thing and pop off of natural features fine, but generally speaking this board isn’t designed to be poppy and jump over things off of flat groomed snow.
Switch: On groomed snow you can cruise switch without any issues, although carving does have a slightly different feel to it. In powder this board doesn’t do well switch, the switch nose (tail) gets buried very easily sending you into a tomahawk.
Recommendations: This is a great snowboard for the rider who wants a board that floats effortlessly in powder and can surf the groomers when snow isn’t falling. I think the Party Platter a solid weapon of choice for pow days and sunny groomer days, as well as those slushy late season spring laps. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.
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