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Snowboarding 101

You've made up your mind - this winter you're going to learn to snowboard. Just so you know, your bum and the snow are going to become BFF. Don't stress - in the beginning, snowboarding is all about falling and laughing.

Here are some tips for new riders...

  • Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting snow clothing. Don't forget gloves, goggles and a hat. Wrists are very vulnerable, especially for beginners - consider wearing a pair of wrist guards and a helmet.
  • Get into your bindings on level ground - you don't want your board to go sliding down the hill without you. Start with just your right foot.
  • Take some baby steps up the incline about 10 feet (this is exhausting). Now plant your butt down in the snow and put your left foot into the binding.
  • Make sure your board is perpendicular to the slope before you stand up - that way you won't start sliding down. Keep your weight back on your heels.
  • To start sliding down the hill, lean into your toes. To stop, lean back on your heels. Repeat this until you get the hang of starting and stopping (very important skill).

Fit's Tip: At this point you'll want a snowboarding friend or instructor to give you a lesson on getting on and off the chairlift. Get ready for more laughing.

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amesbunny03 amesbunny03 8 years
I've snowboarded only twice in my life, which happened to have been about 6 years ago. Let's just say that I was AWFUL and didn't have much fun. Well, I really want to try it again and I may be going in a month or so. Unfortunately, I don't have any gear (proper clothes, goggles, etc.) Obviously I'll rent the boards and boots, but do any of you have some good advice on the brands/stores I should get my clothing and accessories from? Thanks alot for the tips! :)
Tari007 Tari007 8 years
I agree with Mugs. The first time I tried it I fell really hard at the end of the day and broke my wrist. But the following year I made a personal challenge to conquer the mountain (the easy trails first of course) and I did. I bought my own board+bindings+boots at the end of the season and now my tail wags as soon as I spot a snowflake. It's soooo much fun, it's an amazing work-out, and when surrounded by fun friends and proper attire (to stay warm) it really is one of the best times of my life. It's snowing today in Boston and I simply can't wait to glide down the mountain this weekend! YEEEEEEEEEEEY! :smile:
Mugs Mugs 9 years
Don't give up! I was TERRIBLE at boarding at first, now I LOVE IT! Once you find your balance it is easy to progress. Oh and helmets are not a consideration, they are totally needed. You'll have way more condfidence if you wear one too.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
i hated it too! I was sore in places i never knew existed. Oh and don't' get me started on getting on and off the chair lift..... not my idea of fun.
skiacresluv skiacresluv 9 years
I think the best way to learn is to go out with a few girlfriends that are learning too. I've worked at ski resorts for 8 or 9 years and I can say for sure that boyfriends/husbands are not the best teachers. You feel dumb and they get annoyed and want to go fast,etc. Learning with friends is so fun, I don't think I have ever laughed that hard since!
esk4 esk4 9 years
mm yes I have rules about snow... I don't touch it haha, guess it comes from spending most of your life in the deep south. I'd also be too afraid of acl dammage.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
Tried it and it was the worst day of my adult life. Thank god I took a lesson and didn't try to learn from my then boyfriend, now husband. I will stick with cross country skiing!
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