Are you planning to do your first snowboarding adventure? These tips will help you get into the mountains and have a wonderful experience as a snowboarding beginner.
You may feel it is a difficult task at the beginning of snowboarding. But if you are following these easy tips, you can feel the difference.
Remember that no one can ride like an expert for the first time. Practice making them experts in snowboarding. So be confident in yourself and practice snowboarding as much as you can. These tips will help you to practice snowboarding more efficiently.
Snowboarding tips for snowboarding beginners.
1. Choose the proper gear and board.
Right clothes and equipment have a good role in snowboarding. You have to wear quality gears that will keep you warm and dry. The right gear will make you enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you may feel cold, become wet, and may feel weighted (if you are wearing heavy clothes).
Here is the gear for snowboarding:-
- Waterproof jacket / Snowboarding Hoodies
- Pair of waterproof pants
- Long undergarments
- Snowboard socks or thick socks
- Gloves or mittens
- Neck gaiter or balaclava
If you want to buy a proper snowboarding hoodie, check out Treevy’s Snowboarding Hoodies collection.
If you visit any snowboard shop, you may wonder about seeing various types of snowboards. You may be confused about choosing the snowboard.
A snowboard with a rocker camber is suitable for you as a beginner. You may see different types of boards such as freestyle board, all-mountain board, freeride board, free carve board, powder board, split board, etc. All-mountain board is suitable for riding the entire mountain and is a good choice for you as a beginner. For riding in parks, freestyle boards are good, and freeride boards are suitable for hanging at the top of the mountain.
2. Know the way you ride
For successful snowboarding, it is essential to know how you have to ride. It just means finding out your leading foot - which foot you feel most comfortable in the forward position.
Do you hear about the terms “regular-footed” and “goofy-footed”? For regular, the left foot is placed forward on the snowboard, whereas, for the goofy, the right foot has to be placed forward.
Are you feeling difficulties in finding your forward foot? Just think about the games you play, such as soccer ball or boxing, and which foot you place forward. Or think about if someone pushes you from behind, which foot you will put forward for balance. Like that, think about different situations in your real life. Then it will be easier to find out your forward foot.
3. Know how to use snowboarding gear
Are you familiar with working on these snowboarding gears? Before stepping onto the snow, it is essential to know how to use snowboarding gear.
First, choose board, bindings, and boots with a size based on your height, weight, and shoe size. Then, learn the things like how to buckle and release bindings, tighten or adjust boots, etc.
4. Maintain balance on the board
Balancing on the board is an essential factor for snowboarding. If you can maintain balance on the board, it will be good for you to get base support.
By learning to balance on the board, you will become more comfortable and confident while riding.
5. Learn skating and take a snowboarding lesson
If you learn how to skate, then snowboarding becomes easier. We mean that, use snowboard as a skateboard with only front foot buckled into the bindings whereas back foot remains unbuckled. You can either use the foot in front of you or behind you to push the board and then place it on the board.
Choose a flat, snowy area for learning skating. Learning in slope areas is dangerous for beginners, and it may feel challenging to stop it.
Taking lessons before learning snowboarding is a good choice as the instructor will teach you the techniques of snowboarding in a logical order which will give you confidence and reduce mistakes.
Resorts offer group lessons and private lessons, which private lessons are more expensive than group lessons but get individual attention.
6. Bend your knees
Bending knees will help you to get control over the board and reduce the chances of falling. Bending knees means slight bending with relaxed knees—no need to turn at a 90-degree angle. Adjust your knee to get a simple and free bending which will help you make a good ride.
7. Look forward and watch where you want to go.
While riding down the mountain, look forward and watch where you want to go as your body and board follow where you are looking.
Focusing somewhere else, like looking at your foot or a nearby tree, will make you fall or run towards the tree.
I hope these tips help you to make a good beginning for snowboarding. Practicing on bunny slopes will give you more freedom to learn as, on the other slopes, there may be people, snowboarders, skiers, etc., which will reduce your concentration.
It is good to keep patience, feel fun and take your own time to learn snowboarding. We wish you an excellent beginning to snowboarding!