To get the most out of your snowboarding experience, it's best to arrive prepared. Here are a few tips to help make your snowboarding experience successful and enjoyable.
Check the weather forecast before you head to the mountain so you can layer appropriate for a warm or cold day.
Warm up and cool down properly before and after you ride.
Proper layering starts with good thermals that keep you warm, and wick away moistrue. Avoid cotton as it retains moisture close to your body, which can make you cold.
Comfortable feet are key. Only one pair of socks is necessary and avoiding cotton is a must.
Goggles will help protect your eyes from sun, wind, and help you see on a snowy day.
Most helmets are just as warm as a hat, and keep your head dry, not to mention protected.
Wearing a jacket and pants that are both wind and water resistant will keep you warm and comfortable so you can focus on linking turns.
Some fluids and a little something to eat will keep energy levels up.
Learning how to snowboard is fun, and easy! Watch as Chris Rogers of AASI and Halley O’Brien breakdown snowboarding into three simple videos. Of course, once you get to the mountain it is always a good idea to link up with your local Learn to Ride Center to take a lesson, or if you're snowboarding with a little one 3-6 years old, have them try out a Riglet Park!
Video 1: Learn About Snowboard Gear
See how a snowboard works, learn what socks to wear, watch how to put on your boots and snowboard, and see how to carry a snowboard.
Video 2: Basic Movements on Snow
Watch how to get around on your snowboard on the snow, learn how to get up from a sitting position, and see how to move uphill.
Video 3: Getting Around on a Snowboard
Watch how to stop on a snowboard, how to turn, and how to get on and off a chairlift.