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.

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.

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.