Snowboarding is something that takes practice and skill and if you’ve reached adulthood without ever learning then you’ll need to take note of a few tips. Don’t be put off by the effort that might be involved in learning to snowboard because the effort is totally worth it, but do follow the advice contained in this post for a successful and enjoyable first snowboarding experience.
Check conditions in advance of boarding
This is one tip that many people underestimate the importance of and by conditions we don’t simply mean that there is snow on the ground. First of it’s important to pick the right resort for you. Some resorts will be better for snowboarders and some resorts will have more runs for beginners. Once you’ve picked which resort then the conditions of the snow need to be right. At either end of the spectrum of snow conditions is ice and powder, the former being the absolute worst conditions you could ever hope to learn in with painful wrists and a bruised backside guaranteed and the latter being a snowboarders dream. Freshly fallen, untouched snow, otherwise known as powder provides for effortless boarding conditions giving the impression of floating over the surface and providing a much softer landing.
Have the right gear
When going snowboarding for the first time, many people don’t want to invest in the gear because they aren’t yet sure if they will enjoy it. Instead in order to save a few bucks, they borrow ski gear from their friends. This can be a mistake. First of all not all ski gear is suitable for snowboarding and secondly ill fitting gear can be the difference between a positive experience on the slopes and a negative one. If you don’t fancy splashing out on a whole new wardrobe for what might be a one-time thing then rent your gear. That way you spend less but you can ensure that the gear you get is in good working order and most importantly that it fits! Certain extras that are important for boarding are helmets, wrist guards and knee caps. Don’t underestimate how much time you’ll spend falling over when you first start to learn how to snowboard and if it’s painful it won’t be fun!
“All the gear and no idea” Don’t let this be said about you and don’t let pride stop you from taking lessons. Many people reach an age when they feel stupid taking lessons for things like snowboarding and will instead opt to be shown the ropes by an already ‘experienced’ snowboarder. Don’t fall foul of this one. If you are serious about learning how to snowboard then swallow your pride and invest in some lessons. Learning from a friend undoubtedly leads to picking up bad habits and the glossing over of important safety information. You don’t need to spend your whole holiday taking lessons but commit to at least one or two days of learning from a professional instructor before you go it alone on the slopes. You’ll never regret taking lessons but you might regret skipping them.