“Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider’s feet, using a special boot set onto a mounted binding. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the United States in the 1960s and became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998. In 2002, Terje Haakonsen and other competitive snowboarders formed the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.”
How to Start
Most winter resorts offer rental snowboards and snowboard clothing. It’s perfect if you just start and you are not sure whether it’s worth buying all the stuff.
It depends on yourself whether you want to take lessons or not. You can learn snowboarding easily by yourself or from a friend you trust. However, certified snowboard instructors sometimes are able to teach you a few tricks people with less experience in teaching snowboarding don’t know.
Before you go snowboarding, it is important to prepare your body for the unusual efforts way before. Gyms offer special snowboard gymnastic courses to get you prepared.
Going backcountry snowboarding is a whole different story. It is an absolute must to do an avalanche course. You have to be really good and confident to be able to go into the backcountry. Usually it takes many years of training to build the knowledge, skills, strength and confidence to build up the experience needed to minimize all the risks.
And even then, never go alone and without a beacon. Always go with someone who knows the place well and is experienced. Always check your and your partners gear, food supplies, the weather conditions and health conditions.
Risk & Safety
As mentioned before, snowboarding can be really dangerous as soon as you leave the slopes. Within a resort, most of the time, it’s quite safe. You should always wear a helmet and back protection. As soon as you go into the backcountry, it gets really really dangerous.
Never go snowboarding alone.Always wear a helmet and back protection.
Always go out with a beacon. Everyone in the team has to have one and know how to use it. Before you go, test them in all modes.
Plan your trips well, have enough food with you and listen to the forecast, avalanche report and local warnings.
There are a lot of ways to get in touch with other snowboarders. Depending on what’s your preferred way to meet people, you can register in online forums, go on organized trips or just ask your local dealer. They usually know the local scene quite well.
Snowboarding has two major cost components. The snowboard and gear, which can cost anything from a few hundred up to a few thousands.
Second you have to buy a lift pass. Small resorts charge way less than the big and famous ones. A day pass at a big resort can cost around $100 whereas a pass at a small resort can start at $20-$40 a day. If you snowboard for a couple of days, it gets cheaper. Just do the math what is cheapest for the days you plan to snowboard. Keep in mind that snowboarding can be exhausting. If you snowboard for the first time, after three days you are probably quite exhausted and need a day off.