Snowboarding Tips: Part 2

  • Take some time to laugh at yourself and enjoy being a beginner. Be a good student and ask questions. Keep it fun and help others avoid frustration through humor.
  • The most important piece of equipment in your closet is your boots. Buy from a reputable manufacturer and avoid the bargain basement.
  • A stance width that is too narrow affects the ability of the rider to maintain and regain balance. A narrow stance makes the body top heavy. Create a solid platform for carving by building a stance width that is slightly shorter than the distance from your fingertips to your elbow.
  • All bindings are attached to the board by screws from the base plate of the binding, to the threaded inserts built into the boards. Today’s industry standard has been nick named the 4×4, in reference to the four inserts positioned in the shape of a square.
  • The group lesson is always the most economical as you share the expense of the instructor with others. The benefits of the group lesson include sharing the learning curve with others. You will pick up valuable hints from the other riders of what not to do and what is working.
  • Your snowboard needs regular waxing! You should wax your board at least every second or third day you hit the hills. Not only will your board run faster, but waxing will actually protect the base from the abrasion caused by snow.
  • Purchase quality snowboarding gear that is built to last. You will want to stick to strong brand history with features like venting, taped seams and quality fabrics.
  • The key to a great day is preparation of the body and the mind. Plan on keeping it fun with a good attitude, but train your muscles ahead of time to really enjoy yourself. Start training now! Please be sure to check with your doctor before starting any training program. Remember – focus on progress not perfection.
  • Never go into the trees or off piste alone. When you were mad at your mum, you might of thought of running away and maybe you did, but that is irrelevant. Getting lost or injured outdoors in the wintertime is no laughing matter. Stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole instead.
  • Never sit where you cannot be seen from above. I like to take rest breaks too, but just be sure to look up-hill, ride over to the edge of the trail and plop your butt down in a wide-open area that everyone can see. Keep your eyes uphill just in case you see some army guys.
  • Keep your speed down on the cat tracks. Cat tracks are the worst spot on the mountain because they are crowded, icy and narrow. If you fall here, you will be shishkabobbed like some scallop after a hunger strike.

Snowboarding Tips: Part 3