After having the whole summer and fall off from snowboarding, you’re probably chomping at the bit to get back out there. Or perhaps this is going to be your first season on the snow. Either way, there are a few things to keep in mind to make those first days a little better
If you have your own gear
- Check all of your gear before you leave…do you have everything that you need, and is it all in proper working order? If not, you are probably better off getting that squared away before you head to the resort than to lose precious time on the mountain shopping for gear.
- Make sure your board is waxed and tuned
- If you have multiple boards, start off the season with one that you don’t care so much about…conditions at the beginning of the season tend to be very variable, and coverage can definitely be sketchy. You don’t want to beat the crap out of your brand new, expensive board if you can avoid it.
If you are a seasoned snowboarder, this is all old hat for you, but if you are fairly new to the sport, these tips could be helpful.
If you are new to snowboarding (or just need a refresher) don’t hesitate to take a lesson, or lessons. This is the quickest way to pinpoint the areas that you need to work on. Rather than trying to figure it all out for yourself, there are people who have spent years learning lots of tricks to make the process easier for you. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel…draw on their knowledge, and you will be having more fun faster. Especially if you only make it out a few times per year, make the learning curve as small as possible.
photo from Whitelines.com
The better you get, the more muscle memory you will develop and the better off you will be in the future. Once you get the basics of snowboarding down, you will not have to go through that learning curve again. If you don’t get the basics down, you will likely feel like you are in the movie “Groundhog Day” every year. If this is your year, make the commitment….get out there, learn to ride, and practice as much as you possibly can.
If money prohibits you from getting out more, early and late season, midweek, and non-holiday times will get you the best pricing on lift tickets and lodging. Follow your favorite resorts on their e-mail lists and social media, and you will be privy to the best deals they offer at any given time. Bus trips offer excellent value for the money. And sources like Liftopia can get you discounted tickets, especially if you are willing to commit to dates well in advance.
Even if you have been riding for awhle, expect to be rusty and start small. Give yourself a chance to get your legs under you before you go after anything crazy. Your legs (and the rest of you) will need to warm up. Snowboarding is probably pretty different than whatever summer activities you have been doing, and your body will need to be reminded about the unique demands that snowboarding puts on it. Easing into it will lessen the chance of getting injured early on.
If your first trip is still a little ways off, there are definitely some exercises you can do to get your body ready. This site has some great snowboard specific workouts to help you strengthen and stretch for the specific movements you will perform over and over again while riding.
Working on your balance in general is a great idea too…whether you are bopping around on a jib box, putting in time on an Indo or Vew Do balance board, skateboarding, surfing, paddleboarding, doing yoga, or engaging in other balance building activities, improving your balance will help your riding tremendously.
Most importantly get excited to have fun! Push the boundaries of your comfort zone at least a little each time you go out. Don’t take any of it too seriously. And have a great time!
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