How To Get Started with Snowboarding

Snowboarding is an exciting and expensive hobby. In 1994, it became an official Olympic sport. If you are interested in learning about the sport and are contemplating actually boarding on a snowboard, here are some things that you should know before you get started.

  1. Get acquainted with the gears. Know about the snowboard itself, the boots, the bindings, jackets, pants and goggles. Try it out and see how it feels on you. As these gears are quite expensive, it is advisable to borrow from friends or rent the equipment while you are still learning.

  2. Basic stance (how you position yourself on the snowboard). Now it's time to learn the first step in snowboarding-knowing your stance. There are two kinds of stance, the regular and the goofy stance. The first stance refers to a position when you put your left foot in front while your right foot is at the back of the snowboard. On the other hand, the later stance refers to a position when the right foot is in front and the left foot serves as the back foot. You will know your preferred stance early on if you have tried skateboarding or surfing as the stance is very similar. Regardless, it is always good to try it on the snowboard itself.

  3. Practice your stance. Try it out on the snowboard even without the snow yet. Just position (regular or goofy) yourself on the snowboard, bend your knees and raise both arms making a T form of your upper body and acquire your balance.

  4. Familiarize yourself with these terms.

    • Fall line is an imaginary line that directly goes toward the mountain or hill slope. When you point your snowboard directly toward the fall line, you will go down the slope faster. On the other hand if your snowboard is perpendicular you will have a slower pace and eventually come to a full stop.
    • Bunny hill or nursery slope, a slope of 10-15 degrees with wide and long run, specifically designed for beginners.
  5. Gliding down the fall line. Now that you have established your stance and familiarized yourself with the fall line, it's time to get into action. Position yourself on the snowboard, establish your stance while maintaining your balance and bend your knee to the course that you wanted to take. As you glide along, the direction that you want to take will be dictated by your upper body movement. Practice gliding by putting your weight to the left side of the snowboard, then to the right, making a zigzag pattern, then shift your weight to your back foot to slow down and make a stop.

  6. Safety precautions. Do not ever snowboard alone. Besides that it's no fun, it is also very dangerous. Mountains are very treacherous and weather conditions can be unstable. Also there are rules and regulations that need to be followed. So study them before starting to cruise down the slopes.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab those gears and have fun with your family and friends.


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