How to Snowboard?
Winters are actually an excellent time to enjoy the outdoors and to take part in winter sports. One of the best winter sport that most people enjoy is snowboarding. Though it is an official Olympic sport, it is not tough rocket science and anyone can learn to play the game. Learning the basics of the game appropriately helps to enjoy the slopes with utmost fun, especially for beginners. But the lessons are not easy and one needs to learn the nitty-gritty of the sport to enjoy it to the fullest. Let us discuss some of the useful tips in exploring the game with fun and safety.
The first important step for beginners to snowboard is to take up a snowboarding lesson from an expert. The following lessons are thought to be covered in these start-up classes
How To Walk in The Snow With The Snowboard?
Most of the instructors start their session by introducing the equipment. In the sitting position on flat snow, the beginner has to first strap in only the front boot. To do so, place the ladder strap into the ratchet and tighten the same. Before learning to slide it is important to learn to walk with only the front foot on the board. Though it seems awkward, it is the best way to load and unload lifts and to move across flat surfaces.
In order to walk forward, the beginner has to slide their leading foot that is strapped on the board across the snow and shift the free foot forward on the toe side of the snowboard. This technique changes while walking up the hill. The beginner has to put the snowboard across the slope with their front toes facing uphill.
Body Stance While Practicing Snowboarding
In order to perform the sport effectively, it is important to have a balanced and relaxed body stance. The foot should be kept slightly wide apart than the shoulders and there should be a soft flex at the knees. Snowboarders can exert pressure on the front, back, heel and toe side of the board. The shoulders, knees, hips, and ankles should, however, be soft and not lock into a straight and stiff position. The entire process mimics a squat exercise.
The majority of the riders let their arms to hang at the sides in a relaxed fashion. Instructors sometimes have students to hold out to their arms parallel to the snow surface and the board to help with their balance. As an alternative, some riders also put their hands on the front bent knee. Without turning the hips and the shoulders, face the head on the direction to go, focus the eyes forward on the destination rather than to look at the snow or the snowboard at the front.
A lift is what that takes the beginners up the slope. Instructors will show the snowboarders how to get on and off the lift. Beginners can use one-foot walking or skating to move up to the lift or to dismount it. In order to ride a conveyor carpet, take tiny steps with the free foot to inch up to the start, and slide the front of the board over the moving belt. Place the free foot on the board between the bindings to let the conveyor do the work. Relax the stance to ride up the lift and use the free foot to propel away from the lift.
Some of the beginner snowboarding hills have chairlifts. In the lift corral, skate to the loading line, following the preceding chair into position. After sitting on the chair, the snowboard can turn sideways owing to the angle of the front binding. Loft it to shift into the straight position for dismounting the chairlift. At the tip, when the board touches the snow, place the free foot between the bindings and stand to slight straight away from the chair. After stopping or slowing down, people have to use their free foot to scoot away.
Sliding The Slope
The fun begins when the beginner reaches the top of their first hill. It is part of the learning progression when one slide one direction for a little bit and the reverse to slide the other direction. Rather than to shoot straight down the hill the snowboard glides in a slight angle to descent across the slope. Beginners have to practice a heel side and a toe side falling and while sliding, experiment with shifting the body mass to the center or to the heel side or toe side in order to control the speed.
Points To Consider Before Snowboarding For The First Time
- Take a proper snowboarding lesson
- Wear the right type of clothing
- Use all protective gear
- Learn to fall the hill properly
Take a Proper Snowboarding Lesson:
Most of the beginners think they can teach snowboarding by themselves. While some people manage it, most of them get frustrated as they don’t know how to snowboard properly. Enrolling oneself with a beginners’ lesson will help with some useful tips on sliding downhill, standing up, stopping on the hill and the basis of turning.
Wear The Right Type of Clothing
It is important to dress appropriately before going on a snowboarding trip. Even for those who are inside a snow dome, it is important to dress appropriately. Thermal base layers on the top and the bottom half, followed by a jumper is a must. Make sure to wear a proper snowboard jacket along with snowboard trousers. Gloves and helmet are essential along with googles for those riding an indoor game. The mountains can turn into a hostile and cold environment, and it is thus important to wear the right snowboarding equipment up there.
Use All Protective Gear
The helmet is the most important protective gear to start with, to protect he head from falls. Wrist guard help to protect from broken wrists, which is a common injury with snowboarding. Impact shorts are also an excellent investment as these shorts have protective padding around the tailbone area and the hip bones.
Learn To Fall The Hill Properly
Beginners in snowboarding will trip and fall over a lot. They shouldn’t be afraid of falling over and should learn the technique of falling over properly. They should avoid putting their hands out to break their fall as this could result in a broken wrist. It is important to keep the hands close to the body or crossed over the chest.
Learn The Piste Symbols
All the slopes on the mountains are graded to indicate whether they are suitable for beginners or not. Green slopes are the easiest slopes and are perfect for snowboarding beginners. blue slopes are the next slopes up. These slopes are steep and a great incline to progress from snowboarding from beginner to intermediate state. Red slopes are not marked in every country. These are difficult blue slopes and are quite steep with moguls. Black slopes are the hardest. They are steep, bumpy and are for experts.
Learn Edge Control
Beginners should learn to snowboard on their heel edge. This means digging their heel into the snow with the body facing downhill. Beginners should start to ease their weight off the heel edge and begin to press down with the toes.
The most important part of beginning to snowboard is to have fun on the snow-filled hills. It is important to enjoy oneself more than anything else. The first few days will be frustrating and tricky and is important to follow the instructions of the coach. The rest is easy with repeated practice.