Opening day of ski and board season will be here before you know it. With these snowboarding for beginners tips, you can hit the slopes with all your ducks in a row and experience your best winter yet.
Whether you’re new to the sport or this is your umpteenth season, follow these snowboarding tips before the first flakes hit the ground.
INVENTORY YOUR GEAR
Head to your storage closet, drag out all of last year’s snow apparel and equipment and give it a thorough inspection. What do you have that simply needs a detailed cleaning? What needs minor repair? What needs outright replacing? Don’t forget to think in layers and avoid cotton like the plague.
- Do you have an insulated snow/ski jacket and snow pants? If you need to buy something new pay attention to pockets and venting, it’s great to be able to carry accessories as well as vent when you start to warm up.
- A helmet is a must. If you don’t have one these can be rented with along with boards and boots.
- Goggles, gloves or mittens, and socks. Regarding socks—wool blends are both warm and breathable.
- Check your boots and bindings. Are they in good shape? Do they still fit correctly? Check the bindings thoroughly and inspect the actual board or skis for any damage, dings, or cracks.
IMPACT PROTECTION = CONFIDENCE
Feeling well-protected can inspire the confidence you need to push your limits on the slopes. Consider adding protective base layers that not only wick moisture, but also guard against the inevitable bruises and abrasions that accompany learning a new sport. Padded snowboard pants and a padded compression shirt can do double duty keeping you dry and comfortable while protecting you from impact. Many seasoned ski bums are also opting for snowboard shin guards and MTB elbow pads to keep them healthy for the long haul.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
- Tune your board. Damage happens. You might not recall that rock you skipped over last spring, but your board does. A reputable ski and board shop will do tune-ups, so take it in soon as everyone is going to get busier as it gets colder.
If you’re the hands-on type who doesn’t want other paws touching your prized board, these videos offer a step-by-step tutorial.
- Buy before you drive. Discount lift tickets and deals are out there. Buying online ahead of time will save you both time and cash. Be sure to sign up for email from your local mountain. Liftopia and Ski.com are also worth exploring.
- Be Prepared. Watch the weather. Conditions at higher elevations can vary drastically from your front porch. They can also change—well, like the weather. Here’s a couple of tried-and-true weather apps.
WHAT TO DO THAT DAY
- Stretch it out. Sure, you’ve got your gym routine or the bike or running, but being limber is crucial when you take those first few tumbles through the powder. Stretching keeps your body loose for when it all goes wrong.
This simple 5-minute routine can save you from injury.
- Be well-rested. Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated. Snow and cold temperatures don’t negate the fact that you’re perspiring, so remember to drink plenty of fluids.
- Pack tasty, energy snacks. They are easy to carry and provide a quick boost to keep you going until your next sit-down meal.
- Take a lesson. (Or another one.) Refresher courses and skills clinics are good for anyone. But if this is your first go at the snow, taking a lesson with a professional is highly recommended.
- Don’t listen to your buddy who says he’ll show you the ropes. Yes, we’re referring to our previous tip – take a lesson! Save your friendship for what’s best and that’s meeting in the lodge at the end of the day for celebratory beverages. Snowboard and ski instructors are well-versed in the fine art of teaching. Finding the sweet spot with a new sport can take time, so let them help you discover everything a snow-covered mountain has to offer.
NOT EVERY PARADISE IS A TROPICAL DESTINATION
We can’t wait for that first rip through powder. Our Shangri-la just might be under the bright blue sky of a snow-capped mountain—sitting on the chairlift in the early morning crisp, cold air.
We at G-Form believe that people should not have to sacrifice performance for safety. This is why our scientists, designers, and engineers are continually innovating—using the most advanced methods and materials to create products that revolutionize body protection.
We believe that the safer you are, the more confident you will feel, and the better you will perform. Contact our Customer Service or Live Chat us to discuss your sport and your individual needs.