The Ultimate “How To Snowboard” Guide
Tips and Instructions for First Timers Who Want to Learn to Snowboard
We’re back with our 2nd installment of tips and instructions for first timers on the mountain! This week, we’re helping out the single-plankers learn to surf the mountains of winter. Just like in skiing, with snowboarding, there’s a lot to learn! The gear, the lingo, and the moves. It can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
Our Snow Report show host, Halley O’Brien has once again teamed up with the Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association of Snowboard Instructors to get you started snowboarding even before you hit the mountain. Follow along with Halley and Chris Rogers, an AASI certified instructor, in the following 3 part series of introductory videos getting you ready to learn to snowboard.
Part 1: Snowboard Gear, Stance, and Strapping In
There are several things beginner snowboarders can learn before they even set foot on snow. In the first section of our beginner’s guide to snowboarding, we will cover:
- How to properly put on your boots; lace em up tight!
- The basic parts of a snowboard; getting to ‘nose’ which edge is which
- How to strap in and out of a snowboard.
- Figuring out your snowboard stance; goofy or regular?
- How to carry your snowboard safely.
Part 2: Skating, Gliding, Standing Up, and Moving Uphill
Now that you understand your gear, it’s time to get up and get moving. In this section, we will cover:
- How to skate and glide. One foot in, one foot out, that’s what it’s all about!
- If you become well acquainted with the ground, it’s important to know how to get back up!
- Getting uphill while strapped in; hop to it!
Part 3: Getting Around The Mountain
Now that you have navigating the flats down flat, time for the fun part, making moves downhill. But to do that we’ll need to learn how to stop, turn, and also know how to ride the chairlift safely. Now here’s Chris with the ABC’s of stops, garlands, and C-turns!
Go With A Pro
Now that you’ve seen a little bit of what’s in store, you’re ready to head to the mountain, full of new lingo, tips and knowledge. But there is so substitute for the real deal. If it’s your first time snowboarding, take a lesson. Get ready for the first day of snowboard school and practice what you’ve learned. And make sure your instructors are AASI certified. The best learn from the best, and you’ll have more fun! Hope you enjoyed this segment, and we’ll see you on the slopes!