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K2 Party Platter

Our Snowboard Buyer, Jenna, recently took the day off to go play around on the new K2 Party Platter. It’ll be out next season and everyone needs to own one. 

Mother Nature was kind to us this past weekend. At the end of a winter that brought record highs and an enormous amount of rain, she still had one last trick in her book and dumped 20 inches of fresh snow on our northern Michigan resorts. That being said, it was a no brainer for myself and about 7 other coworkers to take the day off and head out for a powder day. Fresh snow and 36 degrees made this blue bird day one of the best all year, but it was my brand new K2 Party Platter that topped the cake.

My favorite board all season, the Party Platter takes an old school surf inspired shape and updates it with new school versatility. This is actually a common trend for the upcoming 16/17 season as many boards like this are coming out, but some of these shapes accomplish this better than others. Here’s why the Party Platter will be my go to for next season.

HikeThe Length: To start, it only comes in a 143 and a 150, and yes it is a men’s board, however lots of girls (including myself) demoed it this year and loved it. Because of the volume shift, you actually downsize it about 7 to 10 cm from what you’d normally ride.  The surface area needed for float and to support your weight is still there, but the lack of length makes it super maneuverable.

How it rides in powder: Looking at this board with its big ole wide nose and its tiny little tail, the first thing you’d assume is that it crushes it in the powder. You’d be correct. It has what K2 calls Tweekend, which gives you a flat dependable area in the middle of the board with tons of rocker in the nose and just a little in the tail. The rocker extends all the way to the ends of the board, so it gives you these stable platforms which allow the board to float effortlessly. I noticed that even when it started to get choppy, the width in the nose allows you to plow through just about anything, while the tail only requires little adjustments for direction change. As someone who doesn’t get a ton of powder days under their belt, letting this board do all the work when things get deep is key.


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Riding 1How it rides in the trees: I love riding in the trees, but I’m terrible at it. I don’t think quickly enough and sometimes I have trouble focusing on my path rather than what I don’t want to hit. The Party Platter however makes me much better at it than I should be. Again, the ability to make little adjustments with little effort makes a world of difference when things get tight. Just being on an overall shorter deck makes things easier too. My tail wasn’t getting hooked up like it tends to because I wasn’t turning quick enough and when I made a decision too late it really wasn’t an issue. Honestly, I felt like I was riding quicker and more aggressively through the trees because I was more confident.

How it rides on Groomers: This is where the board really surprised me. Initially when these shapes first started coming out I just assumed they were strictly powder boards. However, I was shocked to find that many of them fair pretty well on hard packed too. The Party Platter does more than fair well though, it rips. You would think with the lack of length and with the rocker it would be tough to hold an edge, but the long flat section in the middle keeps things stable even at higher speeds. The Party Platter has an Ollie bar in it too, so not only is it quick but it’s poppy and responsive as well. In fact, the day after our epic powder day a lot of the terrain had been groomed out and I contemplated jumping on my other board. I’m glad I didn’t though as it held its own on the hard packed well still giving me the versatility to jump into the trees for those hidden stashes.

Riding 3So why add a board like this to your quiver? To me it introduces a whole new style of riding. I’ve been riding for almost 15 years and grew up on ice and hard packed Midwest snow. I tend to have a pretty ridged style. Jumping on these directionally shaped surf inspired boards with a little tail has forced me to sit back and loosen up a bit. It’s relaxed my riding and given me more of that surfy feel that I had always wanted. It’s cool to see snowboarding going in a direction that is accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be a park rider or some hard charger to take advantage of what’s new and exciting in snowboard. It’s definitely worth giving the K2 Party Platter or something like it a shot.

8 Comments on The K2 Party Platter: A Must Have

  1. Kay
    July 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm (10 months ago)

    Thanks for the writeup! I have a few questions if you dont mind. Which size did you go with, 143 or 150? Did the board being wide not bother you with carving?

    Im just wondering because I wear womens size 7 boots and thinking maybe the board may be too wide for me to handle..

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    • admin
      July 28, 2016 at 10:58 am (10 months ago)

      Hi,
      I’m actually a women’s size 7 too! I have the 143cm. While carving the width
      did not bother me at all, in fact, it was very quick edge to edge, and super
      stable at high speeds. The only time I noticed the width was at the end of
      the day when my legs were tired and we were traversing at slow speeds.
      Nothing major, I’d just catch myself being lazy and needing to pay a bit
      more attention.

      I don’t know how much you weigh, but I’m about 130 lbs so I’m usually on
      anything from 147-151cm. They say to size down 7-10cm, so you figure if you
      shifted the volume of the board out I’d be riding a 150-153cm.

      Reply
      • Kay
        July 29, 2016 at 10:37 pm (10 months ago)

        Thank you so much for responding! I usually ride 152 cm, so I think 143 would be right for me too.

        Were there other powder boards on 2017 lineup that you liked?
        I was looking at K2 Wildheart and Salomon Derby/Pillow Talk, which seem to have similar profile as the party platter…

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        • admin
          July 30, 2016 at 12:19 pm (10 months ago)

          Ok, I think you might be my doppelgänger. I also have a 15/16 Wildheart! As you’ve probably seen, the shape for next year is totally different though and definitely more along the lines of lines of the Pillow Talk or boards similar. Personally, my favorites were the Wildheart, Burton High Spirits, and Burton Day Trader. I think I preferred the camber on the High Spirit to the Flat on the Day Trader for that extra response, but I remember both being very versatile. I felt super comfortable on the Wildheart in varying conditions too. Honestly, all three of those are probably a little more versatile than the Party Platter for you or I, it’s just a really fun and unique board to have in your quiver.

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          • Kay
            July 30, 2016 at 6:23 pm (10 months ago)

            Well, it seems like this will be a hard decision.. One last question if you don’t mind!

            Have you tried any jumps with the party platter? I’m not going for huge jumps, just rocks and side hits in the powder. I’m guessing other boards you mentioned are better, but am curious as to how the short stubby boards do in landing.

            Thanks!

          • admin
            August 1, 2016 at 11:47 am (10 months ago)

            Feel free to ask as many as you like! Honestly, my big jump days are pretty
            much over, but I do like hitting little small stuff. It was fine for that,
            although the couple days I had it out happened to be killer powder days so
            my priorities were elsewhere. I’d say you’re correct in that the others
            probably feel a bit more normal and stable, but I will say I was surprised
            by the pop and stability the Party Platter has.

            What other boards do you have/plan on continuing to ride? I ask because if
            you’re looking to replace your overall board I’d probably go Wildheart, High
            Spirits or something in that direction. That’s the great part about them is
            that they’re amazing in powder but still hold their own everywhere else. If
            you’ve got some others in your collection already then I’d go for something
            unique. The Party Platter definitely isn’t my everyday board, but something
            I get really excited to bring out on the right day.

  2. Kay
    August 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm (10 months ago)

    I have a 152 cm Yes Hel Yes from 2015, which has been pretty amazing with everything so far and I won’t be replacing it anytime soon. I also got a 154 cm Charlie Slasher last year. I’ve realized that even though Hel Yes is a powder oriented all-mountain board, dedicated powder board still makes a big difference in deep days.

    Unfortunately the charlie slasher is oversized for me both in width and length, and I find it too much board for quick transitions, especially in the glades. I’ve had great fun with it charging down bowls and chopped up powder, but I want to replace it this year with something more maneuverable. Based on your recommendations, I think 143 party platter is the right way to go. Thanks so much!

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    • admin
      August 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm (10 months ago)

      Ok, based on that I think you’d really like the Party Platter. The
      maneuverability in the trees is what got me hooked. I kind of suck at riding
      trees and on that board I actually find myself getting over confident and
      riding them a little faster than I should. It’s just so easy when you hardly
      have a tail! It actually gets me excited just typing about it. Anyways, have
      an amazing season (it’s not THAT far away) and I really hope you like it as
      much as I do.

      Reply

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