Snowboarding is a fun and fast-paced sport for people of all ages. However, if you’re just starting out, you should not expect to rip through the powder immediately. The process takes a lot of time and patience to learn. It begins with proper training, an open mind, and a willingness to learn. Avoid these rookie mistakes to both protect yourself and avoid disillusionment.
- Not being in shape. Though it may not appear to be physically strenuous, snowboarding is a physically demanding sport. For inexperienced people, it may simply look like you’re gliding down a slope without effort. In reality, you end up using almost every muscle group to shift your weight, turn, stop, balance, and gain speed. You should have a level of strength and endurance before beginning your snowboarding journey.
- Not taking your time. You should never rush into snowboarding. It takes time and patience to perfect, and you need to give it the time and attention it needs. Keep in mind that once you hit a breakthrough point, your skills will improve very quickly.
- Worrying about looking like a beginner. Don’t try to fake it—everyone remembers their first few times on a snowboard. Don’t worry about looking dumb and focus on what you’re trying to learn.
- Wearing the wrong clothing. With winter sports, it is crucial that you wear the correct clothing. Start with a base layer to keep you dry, add a mid-layer to keep you warm, and include an outer layer to break the wind and prevent moisture from entering. Always be prepared for cold, severe weather.
- Getting too frustrated. Snowboarding isn’t too difficult, but it also isn’t easy. It takes a lot of perseverance to carry on through the first few days of learning to ride. You’re going to fall a lot, and you’re going to look pretty dumb at points. Try not to get frustrated; everyone on the mountain has been exactly where you are.