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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Snowboarding | Some Tips For Beginners

The season is changing and powder season is right around the corner! I know some of you water-sport lovers are disappointed since winter means no more glassy sessions, but fulfill your board sport need by picking up SNOWBOARDING! Don’t know how? Try some of these tips for beginner snowboarders.

What you’ll need:
Snowboarding boots
Snowboarding pants
Snowboarding jacket
Goggles (because everyone loves a sick goggle                 tan)

Wear protective gear! Learning to snowboard is no easy task and falling is a HUGE part of the learning process. I recommend wearing butt pads (you’ll thank me later), wrist guards and a helmet. Don’t worry about looking cool or goofy; you’ll fit right in.

Sign up for lessons. This is probably the most efficient way to learn the basic techniques of snowboarding. The instructors are seasoned riders and will take the time to teach students how to fall properly (because it will happen), stand, move, heel and toe turns, carve—everything a snowboarder needs to know to have a successful run. Lessons are also given at different stages. So if you’re not a beginner but feeling a little rusty try an intermediate level to get back in the swing of things.

“Skat Around” Before taking on the slopes, start with only one foot being buckled into the snowboard and the other out free. This is a great way to test your balance and get the feeling of snowboarding by practicing on flat areas without being locked in to the board.

Start at the bunny hill. TRUST ME. When I first learned to snowboard way back when, my now brother-in-law was gracious enough to teach me the basics of snowboarding. Little did we know that the bunny hill was located on the other side of the mountain and the only way to get there was by snowboarding down a beginner trail. With a few pointers as to how to try to stay balanced, he took off down the trail and I tried to follow. Needless to say, I had a rough go of it and ended up walking half of it; therefore the bunny hill is your best option.

The best way to learn is by doing; the more you ride the slopes and keep getting up after you fall the more you will learn. Snowboarding isn’t easy and it can be frustrating if you don’t naturally pick it up, but the rewards and rush you have riding down the mountain is one of the best feelings. So if you feel like you’re struggling, just keep trying because it will be worth it in the end.

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Ride On,