Snowboarding Tips: Part 4

  • Over 50yrs? Lucky you! There are shops in the US that offer free rentals for anyone over the age of fifty. If you qualify with the driver’s license, take advantage of the shops generous offer to get you involved in the world’s fastest growing winter sport.
  • Your stomach and lower back are important to get in shape. It is your mid-section that connects the upper and lower body together, maintaining balance and creating or storing, the rotational energy required to make your first few turns. Sit-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and laughing hard are all good for the stomach muscles.
  • I recommend you hire a professional instructor for your all-important first day. A professional instructor has seen it all before and is typically a master of ‘detection and correction’, the skill needed to get you away from mistakes and keep you on track. With training and patience, the pro instructor is being paid to get you to love the sport. In essence, they work for you.
  • You will get hot on your first day as you walk up the hill and you will be working hard to get your first few successful turns. Plan ahead and bring some extra clothes in case the weather turns sour and remember to bring some dry clothes to change into at the end of your lesson.
  • Dress in loose fitting, warm and waterproof clothing. You need room to move, maybe not quite as much as when you are on the dance floor, but you should be able to touch your toes without a struggle. Make sure your outerwear is waterproof. No tight stone washed denim!
  • Your day on the slopes can be quite organized with the right bag. Use one bag to carry your boots and for all the miscellaneous items. I keep energy bars, tuning tools, extra lenses, extra socks, sunscreen and more in one bag so I am always ready.
  • Snow blindness is serious business, which involves the burning of the retina. You must wear goggles or glasses at all times while enjoying the mountains in winter. The harsh, high altitude sunlight is strengthened by the reflection off of the millions of tiny snow crystals. It does not have to be bright sunlight to get snow blindness. Be careful.
  • If you go with glasses, try to get good coverage from reflective light coming from the snow and direct light coming in over the top of the lenses. Glasses come with interchangeable lenses these days so you will always have the best vision and superior protection.
  • Your board should come up to your chin area. For your first time, your board should be easy to turn and stable. A board of chin height is perfect for you to manage on and off the slopes.
  • The killer of many good days is a cold finger. If the weather is mild then the gloves will work fine. If the weather is nasty, pull on the mittens and keep the fingers warm through shared heat.
  • Keep it fun and don’t get frustrated. If you really wear clothes like that than you know how to party. You are here to learn something fun and your attitude will make or break the whole day. Have a Blast!

Snowboarding Tips