Ski slopes can be scary places for the inexperienced, and learning to snowboard on your own require a lot of individual research. Our mission is to provide a free, online snowboarding education, but we understand that online tools lack the personal touch of in-person lessons and discussions. To help you on your snowboarding journey, we’ve answered a few common, non-technical questions about learning to ride.
Will it hurt?
To be honest—it might. Common beginner injuries include bruised tailbones and sprained or broken risks. However, these are fairly uncommon, and serious injuries are rare because you’ll be going pretty slow. You can expect to be sore after the first day, and your butt and knees might hurt from falling.
What’s the hardest thing to learn?
Standing up on the slop with both feet strapped in will be one of the hardest things you experience. The board will continue to slide away from you unless you have the strength to hold it still. It gets easier once you get the technique down, but it can be very difficult at first. Learning to balance on your board, not leaning back, and understanding how to slow and stop can also be pretty difficult for beginners.
Do I really need a helmet?
Yes. Don’t even think about not wearing one.
Why are my gloves always wet?
Learning to snowboard means having a lot of hand-to-snow contact when you’re getting up or falling down. Your gloves might not be waterproof. If you’re going to invest in anything as a beginner snowboarder, go with good-quality, waterproof gloves. On your first day, bring backup gloves.
What happens if I get hurt?
If you’re just starting out, you’ll likely be on a beginner trail or on the kiddie slope. This means that there will be people all around. If you are in serious trouble, flag someone down and ask them to contact ski patrol. If for some reason there are no other people on the trail, use a walkie talkie to radio into the resort’s base. If you’re out on your own, be sure to let a friend or family member know where you’ll be.