The Best Snowboard Tips For Beginners

First you have to find the perfect stance on your snowboard that you feel comfortable with. Most professional snowboarders would recommend having your bindings set as wide as possible at a 15 degree angle. Having a wider stance gives you more control of the board and allows you to execute your tricks much easier.

Taking baby steps is the most important part of snowboarding because if you are trying anything new that is way out of your league you are risking some serious injuries. Always start off on the bunny slopes and move your way up to the next biggest thing once you feel completely comfortable with what you are doing.

Learning to carve and stop on your snowboard isn’t rocket science but it does take time to perfect. In order to get the perfect carve down you have to practice going back and forth from your heels to your toes and vice versa until you get the feel for it.

Always remember to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense at all times on the mountain. It is common sense that will make you or break you as a snowboarder. The biggest problem when people try to snowboard is that they over think the situation and make it harder than it really is.

The most basic things you learn in snowboarding are the most important things because everything you do in snowboarding is completely based off of the basics. The most basic and important move that you will need to learn on your snowboard is learning to pop up on your board or “ollie” as most riders would call it. Learning this basic move will allow you jump onto jibs and jump off of jumps with ease. In order to learn this I would recommend finding a nice area of grass and strapping into your snowboard. Once you can get a foot off of the ground a couple of times you will be ready to try it on the snow.

When you are learning how to jump onto rails and boxes you need to remember that balance is key. If you let your snowboard lean too much toward your heels or your toes you will slip off and fall. The key to hitting jibs is keeping the bottom of your board flat on whatever surface you are on and balancing it out. It takes a lot of practice to get it down so don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get it right away.

Tips on Freestyle Snowboarding

Snowboarding is quite a popular sport done mainly for recreation though it is also done professionally. It is estimated that about 3.4 million people in the United States snowboard. There are three basic snowboarding styles:

Free ride snowboarding

This is the best style to start with if you are a beginner in snowboarding. Basically, it involves standing on the board and riding down the mountain or hill. The snow boards used here are longer and narrower.

Alpine snowboarding

This is snowboarding done with the focus being making clean, curved turns.

Freestyle snowboarding

It is the most popular snowboard style where the snowboarder performs jumps, spins and other acrobatics. It is mainly used in competitive snowboarding.

How to dress for Snowboarding

It is vital to dress appropriately before you begin snowboarding as this helps to avoid injuries. Warm clothing is essential to protect yourself from the cold weather. Ensure you have a snow coat, snow pants and thermal layers. The clothing should be insulated, lightweight and waterproof. The snow coat should be long enough to cover your midriff and the snow pants should fit loosely so that you are able to move your legs easily. Snow gloves are also needed. Some snowboarders may prefer mittens instead of gloves but whatever your preference, it should have insulated liners to absorb moisture and perspiration and should be waterproof. Wrist guards may be worn especially by the beginners under the gloves so that in case they fall, they are protected from injury. Snow goggles are essential to protect the eyes from direct sunlight, ultraviolet radiation, wind and particulate matter. It is also mandatory to wear a crash helmet whether you are a beginner or an expert in order to protect your head. Most snowboarding helmets have inbuilt insulation to keep your head warm. Ensure that your helmet fits properly.

Freestyle Snowboarding equipment

The actual snowboarding equipment consists of the boots, the bindings and the snowboard. There are specially designed snowboarding boots with either step in or strap in bindings used to attach the boots to the snowboards. One should ensure to wear the boots properly. Boots can either be hard or soft.

For this style, soft boots are preferred as they provide the rider with comfort, great support and more ankle flexibility. The freestyle snowboards are shorter, wider, flexible and more stable allowing the snowboarder to jump, spin or try any other trick he wishes.

How to approach and practice freestyle snowboarding

Before you can snowboard using the free style, it is important that you train yourself mentally and physically. Before you can try out a trick, visualize it. When training, train with a specific trick in mind. Physical training will ensure that you are in a good shape that that your muscles are flexible. You could go to the gym, run walk, bike, do squats, push ups or stretch your entire body to build your body’s strength and make it more flexible in order to execute your tricks.

Snowboarding Is A Sport For All

The sport of snowboarding has really taken off since the late 1990s, due to new athletes coming into the sport, and what they were able to do on the snowboard. This helped the sport gain notice, and it began appealing to younger audiences as well, who would try to mimic the moves of their favorite athletes.

Additionally, the athletes which were being promoted on TV, were average everyday guys; therefore, this appealed even more to the viewers and enthusiasts of snowboarding, because they felt it was a sport they could tackle and do well in.

Snowboarding is great for all age groups, genders, body types, and fitness levels. Unlike in other sports where you have to weigh a certain amount, or be a certain height to play and perform well in, this is not the case in snowboarding.

Although a little coordination and training never hurt anyone, there really is no desired “typical” body type which individuals who want to participate in snowboarding have to fall under.

This is one of the main draws to the sport, anyone, no matter how they look, or how tall/short they are, is able to get on the board and perform.

Snowboarding has also struck interest in individuals who want to participate in the sport because of the moves they see their favorite athletes doing on TV. It is pretty impressive what can be done on a board in the ice. Although everyone can snowboard, not everyone can snowboard like a pro unless they are willing to put in the training and work that the pros put in. Yes, it is possible to learn a couple tricks just fooling around with friends, but many tricks shown on TV take plenty of time to master, and the boarders practice and train on a daily level to reach those skill levels. This isn’t to say that you would not be able to do any of the moves seen on TV, it is possible, but you will have to train and properly learn the mastery of snowboarding to do the moves.

Whether you are just looking for an alternative to skiing and are looking for a new sport; or, whether you are just attracted to the sport because it really is something that anyone can learn with a little training and effort, snowboarding is a great sport for all individuals.

Snowboard Tips For Safety

The first and most important safety tip when it comes to snowboarding is to always be aware of your surroundings. This means looking around as much as possible to see what riders are around you and what kind of terrain is in front of you. You would think that because you are on a mountain the chances of you running into someone is very unlikely but the truth is that collisions between snowboarders happen everyday in the mountains. The reason people collide so often is because they aren’t using they’re common sense and looking around in all directions to verify what is around them at that moment in time.

Dressing warm every time you go snowboarding is absolutely essential because you never know how the weather might treat you that day until you get up there. Many times you will find yourself on the mountain when it is bright and sunny and then a few hours later you will be stuck in a blizzard. No one wants to be stuck in a blizzard with a t-shirt on so always be prepared with warm clothes and a pair of snowboard goggles.

Avalanches are common on most mountains after a snow storm. Most mountains will have ski patrol throw dynamite in avalanche zones to prevent anyone starting it while they are riding. This does not mean that it is impossible to find yourself a loose patch of snow that can create a avalanche. If by any chance you ever find the snow beneath your feet sucking you down the mountain you should immediately do your absolute best to traverse horizontally out of the avalanche zone and wait for the snow to settle. If you can not get out of the avalanche zone in time you should try swimming with the snow as it takes you down so you do not get buried. When snow moves that fast on top of itself it turns into a solid within seconds meaning you can not move if you are stuck under it.

If you are new to park style riding in snowboarding you should always start small and work your way up to bigger and better things when you feel comfortable. The most common way people injure themselves in the park is trying something that is completely out of they’re league. Just because you see other people doing it doesn’t mean that you are ready to try it!

Snowboarding revolves around two things and that is having common sense and experience. I hope that with these snowboard tips you will find yourself avoiding any type of injuries or accidents on the mountain. Remember to be safe and enjoy yourself while riding your snowboard.

How to Move to a Mountain and Snowboard Everyday

So, you’ve decided you really like snowboarding. You’ve been riding at your local resort/hill every chance you get and you want to take it to the next level. You may have just finished school or be in between jobs, whatever the case, you have the winter off and you want to snowboard everyday. Here’s how you do it.

Where to go?

One of the major decisions you’re going to have to make right off the bat is, if you don’t already live in the mountains, where you will move to. This article is assuming you are moving to a ski hill as there are several other options for snowboarding everyday but that is a topic for another for another time.

First off you are going to have to decide if you will be travelling to another country. If you are in a place like Australia, which happens to be host to a lot of travelling snowboarders, you will likely be travelling. That’s not to say there are not ski resorts in Australia. Here’s a list of a few popular countries for snowboarding and what they have to offer.

Canada

Arguably, the best snowboarding in the world. Canada’s cold temperatures and typically wet climate make it a winter wonderland. The peaks of western Canada boast some of the deepest powder on earth and you have lots of great resorts to choose from, all which receive annual snowfall over twelve meters!. The mountain communities of Canada are used to travellers from abroad coming to work and play at their homes so you will find it easy to make friends and meet fellow snowboarders. If you are into going where the action is you might choose to live and work at a resort like Whistler, or Big White. However, if you like things a bit more quiet where the powder stays fresh a little longer you may want to try Whitewater, or Kicking Horse. If you want to go riding in Canada make sure you bundle up because it can get chilly at first but once you are used to the cold you start to crave it, it means better snow conditions!

United States

The US has many great resorts similar to Canada as they exist in what could be called the same mountain ranges (some mountain ranges run through both countries). Being a bit further south, the climate is warmer, although, can be comparable at elevation. There are some big mountains in the western United States that receive annual snowfall also in the 12 meter range. Some of the resorts here see a lot of action due to tourists and a large local population. Jackson Hole is a great place to ride with huge annual snowfall and lots of night life. The resort usually sees over half a million skiers per year! Alta ski resort in Wyoming is a high elevation resort that receives big snowfall and is one of the oldest resorts in the US! There are many great resorts to pick from in the United States if that’s where you choose to ride.

There’s lots of other countries you can move to if you want to snowboard all winter but we won’t get into them in this article, just do a quick Google search of an area that interests you.

Okay so you’ve picked the resort you want to live at now lets talk about some of the other choices you are going to have to make.

How much money will you need?

Ski resorts are expensive places to live, they’re resorts so they have to charge a premium on everything in order to extract as much money as possible from all the tourists and families that visit every year. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be a smart snowboard bum and live on a budget that enables you to ride more fresh powder than most people can dream of. The lifestyle that you choose will ultimately determine how much riding you do. Let’s look at some of the essentials.

Lift Pass

This is the whole reason you are going. If you want to ride lots, you’re going to need a season pass, you have a couple of options. You can buy one for between $750 – $2200, depending on the resort you choose and ride until your heart’s content. You’re other option is to work for the resort. Most places will give you a seasons pass and take payment for it from your paycheque gradually over the course of the season. This is sort of like a payment plan for people who can’t put up the cash and are planning on working while there. The only problem with this option is that if it snows 30 cm and you call in sick to go slash pow, they will suspend your pass for the day and you will be stuck at home while your friends have the time of their lives.

Season Pass = $1000 (common smaller resort pass price)

Housing

You will likely be renting a room in a large chalet or mountain house with a bunch of other travelling snowboarders. This is the only way most people can afford to live full time at a resort as renting your own place can cost several thousand per month. Typical rent for a room in one of these shared houses is around $500 US per month. Some places you will be paying another $50 in utilities so let’s call it $550. Assuming you will staying an entire season you will probably be showing up Mid November and staying until Mid April.

5 months x $550 per month = $2750

Food

Another annoying thing essential to human survival. Food on the mountain is overpriced just like everything else. There are usually small grocery stores but they will set you back about double what you would pay for the same product in the city. If you find a ride down to the city that is close to your mountain you can buy food cheaper there but typically you will be paying resort prices for groceries and if you are eating out much you can say good bye to your funds rather quickly. If you live off cases of instant noodles you can save a lot of money but let’s assume you want to eat a balanced diet while you are breaking down your body, snowboarding everyday. Groceries for a single person will typically run you about $75 per week.

20 weeks x $75 per week = $1500

Going out

Although it doesn’t seem like it, this is likely going to be your biggest expense. You’re living at a resort, people are there to party, not to mention, everyone is transient so people are more willing to step outside their comfort zones. You will be living in a house full of new friends and there will always be something going on. You will have to choose your nights out wisely because this one factor can be the deciding one in how much you have to work to get by instead of slashing fresh pow. A typical night out will cost you about $100 if you do some pre drinking at home and don’t get too fired up. Some weeks you might have two of these nights some weeks, one. Let’s average it out and say 1.5 nights out per week.

30 nights out x $100 per night = $3000

These are just essentials, there are always unexpected costs but this will give you a good idea of what it takes to live at a mountain resort and snowboard everyday.

Total for 5 month season = $8250

Now that we know the numbers we should talk about your two most obvious lifestyle choices since they will be the biggest factor effecting your season. Although not available to everyone, the thing to do that will afford you the most fun and freedom is to save up $10000 to cover all of your expenses and have all the free time to do what you want. That means riding when you want, going out whenever you feel like it and most of all never missing a pow day! When you live at a mountain, it’s all about the powder days. Things can get tracked out quick and it really sucks when it snows and you have to go to work. Watching friends and all the other random people have the time of their lives, while you can’t participate, will give you a burning feeling like no other.

That brings us to your other option, the one most people in your shoes take. Get a temporary job at the resort your moving to. This has it’s perks as well such as meeting people, earning money and perhaps getting to learn a new skill. Not all businesses on the resort land will be part of the resort itself. Although, if you go to work for the resort you won’t have to worry about buying a pass as the resort will provide you with one. Typically this will be on a payment plan that they will automatically take off of your paycheck. Just remember, if you are getting a “free” pass through your job, they will be in complete control. Any powder days that you decide to call in sick will see your pass suspended for the day rendering you unable to ride anyways.

Many of you can’t save up that much money and will be forced to take a job if you want to do something like this. In that case, the job you choose will also play a major roll in how much you get to ride. Night jobs are great because you can ride during the day, if you can get up. You could take a cheap course and become a ski/snowboard instructor; then you would get paid to be on the snow. Only, you wouldn’t be doing what you want to do and hitting the spots you want to hit, you would be teaching mostly beginners the basics all day. Just make sure you choose wisely, some of the best jobs are the least sought after.

Why Not Try Snowboarding For The First Time?

With cold mountain air stinging my nostrils and a snowboard strapped to my feet I swung towards the top of the ski run on a lift. The scenery was gorgeous, and the view was only getting more expansive as my friend Nick and I neared the end of the lift ride.

The whole time I wondered to myself “How did I get myself into this?”

I’ve never been afraid of heights, not really, but I do get a bit nervous when I’m close to steep drops. What if there is a loose rock? Or a huge gust of wind?

Thoughts like this just stay in the back of my head when I’m close to high edges. Silly or not I’ve never been able to get rid of that unease, and so it was with a sort of disbelief that I found myself getting ready to slide down a mountain.

When we reached the crest the slopes below us played out for what seemed like miles. Figures in bright ski suits sliced their way through fresh powder, carving across the slopes gracefully. For a brief moment I felt like my heart was going to stop.

This was exactly the sort of place that I hate to stand. “Let’s go!” Nick said before shuffling his weight forward on his board until it teetered over the edge. With a deep breath and quickly muttered prayer I followed. I arrived at the bottom of the slope fully intact and giggling excitedly and for the rest of the day I was in wonderland.

If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding before then it is difficult to describe the exhilaration of it. The wind rushing by you as you speed downhill or the crunch of snow beneath the board are visceral attractions that can’t be quantified easily with simple words.

After my first run down a mountain, I knew that I was addicted.

I don’t think I will ever be a great snowboarder; in fact I’m pretty confident of it. The great thing for me about snowboarding is that I don’t need to be. Even as an uncoordinated relative amateur I can still enjoy a great day on the slopes, or even take on some jumps. Snowboarding is an amazingly fun and thrilling activity that has been on the rise since the 1970’s. It has grown so popular that it has been accepted as an Olympic event. The control, speed and balance of a single board are a unique thrill completely separate from skiing, and I couldn’t be happier that I got started. So, why haven’t you gone snowboarding?

Why Is Snowboarding So Addictive?

The sport of snowboarding has seen massive growth over the past few decades. Twenty years ago there were few snowboards on the slopes. It was seen as a rebel fringe sport.

Snowboarders were seen by skiers as little more than an annoyance who routinely got in their way on the mountain. Now, there are just as many snowboarders if not more on the mountain as there are skiers. Why has snowboarding become so popular? Why is snowboarding so addictive?

Speed, speed and more speed. If speed is what you want then skiing is for you. In a downhill race skis will beat snowboards every time, but is speed simple how fast you can get to the bottom or is it something more. Snowboards are plenty fast and the feel that a snowboarder gets through their board and body often leads to the perception that they are going faster than they actually are. Snowboarding is more exciting because of the level of control that a boarder feels over their board. Speed plus fine control leads to a more exciting run than simply speed.

The versatility of a board is another factor in its growing popularity. A board can go anywhere as long as it’s downhill.

Its broader base means that boarding through powder that would bog most skiers down is no problem. It is also easier to carve and cut with a board than it is with skis, meaning that moving through an obstacle strewn path is easier on a board. Boarders can venture where skiers do not dare to go.

The tricks are what suck most snowboarders in. There are a lot more ways to look cool on a mountain with a snowboard than with a pair of skis. Never underestimate the appeal of looking cool. Every snowboard can be used in a bowl or half pipe, where specialty skis are often required to pull off the more impressive tricks.

The final addictive factor of snowboarding is one that is shared with skiing. The silence. That crisp silence that is only found when you are barreling down a mountain. That feeling of speed and isolation that is accompanied only by the hiss of your board on snow.

It’s an amazing feeling that is hard to duplicate. It is certainly addictive. Why else would people constantly drag their bruised and sore bodies up a mountain time after time? They love the rush. They are addicted.

Top Snowboarding Safety Tips

Snowboarding safety factors are of vital importance. As with most winter sports, snowboarding includes a variety of risks plus a high injury rate thus taking proper precautions is surely an absolute must. Snowboarding features a higher per person injury rate than skiing. With around five people being injured every day for every thousand people hitting the slopes. Curiously, most injuries are with beginners despite the professional level snowboarders tackling several truly dangerous pistes and runs. The most common injuries are to the wrists and arms with fractures being the most common injuries. With this in mind we decided to give a list of good safety tips for beginners and experts likewise.

First and most importantly, buy some proper snowboarding coaching. Whilst you can have a little proceed without instruction it is not advised even if you are experienced in other skiing. Poor or lack of coaching is responsible for over 15% of all snow boarding injuries. Even one day of tuition will dramatically reduce your chances of injury so it’s really worth investing in. With a single day’s educational costs you can learn to ride and also fall correctly which will tremendously help you when you ride by yourself.

You need to make sure you training properly and don’t overestimate your skills. It is better to master some simple and easy, intermediate slopes rather than switching between slopes constantly. This can give you time to practice handle and the constant repetition will build up your skills quickly. Don’t make the blunder of overestimating your skills and trying to tackle runs beyond your level. This will result in you rapidly finding yourself out of your degree and attempting manoeuvres beyond your ability is a quick way to harm yourself.

Get in good physical shape and warm up thoroughly just before tackling the slopes. Being in good physical condition will make you much less likely to come to harm around the slopes. Cardio and muscle development exercises will help you be in greater condition and less likely to harm yourself should you fall.

Wearing the correct protective clothing is an absolute must. When you might not be the coolest person hitting the slopes if you fall you really won’t regret it. Wearing hand supports, knee pads and a helmet will protect you from basically the most severe fall so that you should buy or rent tis equipment before travelling.

Pay attention to the run type, the stipulations and stay on piste. Off pisting is extremely dangerous even if you are an expert so is not recommended. Sticking to the conditions and also run types that suit your level is an absolute must. Whatever you do don’t hit the slopes if you are ill or even if you have been drinking.

Keep your products in good working order and make sure you have equipment that’s suitable to your level of skill. Having a good board that is shined up correctly and is suited for the speed and manoeuvring you are capable of is totally vital to keep you risk-free. Most winter sports stores should be able to fit you properly depending on your skills as well as ensuring your own boots match your board exactly.

Finally although these tips will help you say safe accidents can and will happen. For this reason we would firmly advice some kind of winter sports insurance so that should you have an accident you’ll receive the quickest and best medical treatment possible.

Protection While Snowboarding

Snowboarding is one the most popular winter sports. Just like any other adventure sports, the risks of injuries are associated with snowboarding as well. Getting seriously injured and not being able to ride again is the worst thing that can happen to a passionate rider. Thankfully, there are several snowboard protection equipments that can take care of your safety while you enjoy a risk-free snowboarding experience.

A beginner is naturally prone to falling again and again as compared to an experienced rider. However, the seriousness of injuries is usually low for beginners. They usually lose balance while snowboarding and fall with a lot of pressure on their butt and wrists. Therefore, snowboard wrist guards are the most important protection equipment for beginners. The rider can choose to buy an independent snowboard wrist guard or one attached to the gloves. Wearing a well-padded and durable wrist guard minimizes the risk of sprains and injuries in wrist to a significant level. Butt-pads are also recommended for beginners. Nowadays, a lot of comfortable and lightweight butt pads are available that fits in the body like a boxer shorts. These are very helpful in keeping your coccyx, a lot safer.

Experienced and advanced snowboard riders that usually drive with high speeds and try different kind of stunts are prone to more serious injuries. They need advanced snowboard protection for the entire body. Just snowboarding wrist guards are not enough for them; they need full body pads for complete protection. Full body pads can give safety and confidence to these riders. Many big names in the industry of protective gears have now launched full body pads that are extremely flexible and comfortable. Snowboarders can continue riding within the same comfort zone but with advanced protection.

Regardless of the level of riders, one thing that is an essential part of snowboard protection is a helmet. You can consider all other pads optional, but wearing a helmet is simply mandatory. Head being the most delicate part of human body needs extra care and cannot be put to risk. Therefore, it is crucial that you own a right snowboarding helmet before embarking on the fun ride.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, it is better to always ride within your own limits. Don’t take your experience as a license to drive crazily. Drive safely and with proper protection. You may not like to wear snowboard wrist guards and all other protective accessories, but it is nice to own some so that you can at least wear them in case of dangerous rides. Also, prefer riding in groups so that in case of injuries, there is somebody near you to help you. Ride safely and have fun, Good Luck!

Snowboard Tricks – Impress Your Friends!

Snowboard tricks are basically maneuvers done on snowboards during competitions or for fun. Most of these tricks are performed on handrails, ledges, jumps or other obstacles. Some tricks can even be executed on the surface of the snow. There are many tricks when snowboarding that you might want to learn and know about.

Grabs. There are a number of grab tricks that originated from other board sports. Three of the most common grabs include the chicken salad, where the leading hand passes through the legs from the front and holds the back edge of the board between the feet; the crail, where the rear hand holds the board’s nose; and the one-two, where the rider’s front hand holds the edge behind his back foot. In addition to these, there are many other types of grabs.

Tweaks. There is a wide variety of tweak tricks which are sophisticated tricks requiring considerable technical ability. There are one-footed tweaks, which refer to tricks performed with the rear foot removed from the board; shifty, where the snowboarder twists his body to rotate the board 90 degrees then returns it to the original position before landing; and tuck knee, where the rider touches the top of the board with the left or right knee.

Straight airs. Straight airs snowboard tricks are defined by how the tail and nose of the board are moved. Some examples are the Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the tail of the snowboard; the fakie Ollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air while riding the board backward; the Nollie, where the snowboarder jumps into the air from the nose of the board; and the flail, where the snowboarder wildly swings his/her hands while still in the air.

Inverted hand plants. The invert refers to doing handstands on the edge of a halfpipe; the handplant, where the rear hand is positioned on the lip of the wall through a 180 degrees frontside rotation; the layback trick, which is actually a non-inverted handplant with the front hand positioned during a slide while the rider is laying back; and the eggplant trick, where the front hand holds on to the wall through a 180 degree invert and makes a backside rotation. This is just a few of many handstand tricks, most named after events and board sports.

These tricks can make your snowboarding more fun and exciting. It’s important, though, to observe safety guidelines whenever you perform snowboard tricks. Asking for tips on snowboarding from instructors could be helpful to you as could watching videos of experienced boarders performing tricks.