Submitted by Hannah on July 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm

If you are strapped for cash this year but you still feel the urge to hit the slopes this year you are in luck. You don’t worry about saving each precious penny this summer because we have some quick tips and cheap places to save your bank account from the nasty OD: overdraft.

Some tips for those low budget boarders to make every penny stretch:

Bring your own lunch: Don’t spend $6 on a slice of crappy pizza in the lodge cafeteria. Bring a good ol’ fashioned PB&J for the mid-day munchies. If you are going multiple times a week that six bucks will start to add up.
Car Pool: Save the environment, bring friends. Driving can become costly, especially if your hill is an hour or two away. Bring your friends and split the gas.
Buy your own gear: If you go snowboarding more than three times this winter, just splurge and buy the gear. Renting adds up quick.
Buy a pass: If you can lay day moolah right now buy a season pass. It’s costly at first but each individual day pass is costly and if you plan on going often make the plunge and become a pass holder. You get your picture on it and everything!

Those tips were free. You can take them to the bank. Now here is a list of the 10 best ski resorts for your buck. Based off price, powder and lift lines.

1. Grand Targhee, Wyoming: For the snow that is like from heaven the price isn’t too shabby. With 3,000 acres of skiing and an average or 500 inches per season, this resort is worth the money.
2. Loveland, Colorado: Being one of the highest ski resorts in North America it tends to open early. Plus the ticket price isn’t too high and the park is pretty good.
3. Bridger Bowl Montana: This non-profit mountain has prices that even you can handle. And the terrain and snowfall is some of North America’s finest.
4. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California: One of the areas that gets the most snow in North America, the mountain has good powder and small lift lines.
5. Mount Baker, Washington: Covered in fresh snow this is the place to go if you like riding pow. It also has a lot of access to back country areas.
6. Stowe Mountain Resort, Vemont: One of the best mountains in the east coast, this resort actually gets plenty of fresh powder. They boast steep challenging boarding.
7. Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico: Although the powder is less, the terrain is challenging. This resort is not for the faint of heart but still worth the buck.
8. Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta, Canada: Second largest resort in Canada, the light powder and smaller lines push this resort onto the list.
9. Snowmass Mountain, Colarado: The long runs and huge area of available with over 3,000 acres, this resort is easily worth the price.
10. Mount Bachelor, Washington: Good powder since it is located on the drier side of Washington and huge area coupled with cheap pricing makes this a northwestern favorite.

Let’s take snowboarding back from consumers by not breaking the bank this winter! Ride hard and cheap!

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Submitted by Hannah on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

So I like to think of myself as a master road trip planner. I get routes, destinations and even gas prices all figured out. Then I leave the rest up for spontaneity. Although I go on about 1/10th of the road trips I actually plan, I feel like I am pretty good at figuring them out. So here are a few tricks to planning the best snowboard road trip extravaganza.

Fill up your car

Not with gas, but with people. If you have a five-seater, fill it. Yeah, it may seem uncomfortable but that will be the time to bond. Nothing bonds two people faster than a puddle of drool on your shoulder. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get a lot of people pitching in for gas. Make sure you have enough room for all your gear too. Which leads me to my next point:

Packing to perfection

Because your car is full of people, packing is no easy task. Pack only what is necessary. Here are some necessary items to bring on your trip:

  • Extra shirts and sweaters: Nothing will be more miserable than running out of clean, dry clothes after spending all day in the snow.
  • Snowshoes: If you want to pass on the lift tickets grab your snowshoes and just hike it.
  • Shovel: For obvious reasons.
  • Snacks: There is no such thing as a road trip without snacks, and especially not a snowboarding one. Keep snacks handy.

Do your research

Check road conditions and gas prices along the route you are planning. It would probably be a good idea to check the weather and snow conditions for the days you will be shredding. It would suck to get up there and it be too foggy to see or there be no snow on the mountain.

Round up on your budget

Don’t go into any sort of road trip thinking, “$350 is all I need.” You are kidding yourself. Even if you have all the hotels, gas, food and lift tickets figured out, there will always be hidden expenses. It’s just a part of life. Plan for the unexpected and you won’t find yourself stranded without the cash to get home.

Find the perfect balance

People are either too spontaneous or too rigid. Don’t be either. When it comes to the perfect road trip let your whims take over, but don’t end up spending hundreds more than you need to because you have no idea where you are going or what you are doing. Plan your route. Have an idea where you will stay each day or where you want to end up. If you are really digging a certain mountain, bag the itinerary and stay another day.

 

 

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Submitted by Hannah on May 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Buying a board is a big step and can be exciting if you know what you want. Each snowboarder wants different things so before you buy decide what it is you want to do with your board and what kind of snow your planning on boarding in. Different boards are going to help you rip it in the park than those designed for shredding on the mountain or enjoy the backcountry. So before you buy you should ask yourself these questions: Where will I do the majority of my riding? And what kind of snow will I be riding in?

The most important thing to consider when buying a board is the length. The length is measured in centimeters and depends on a few aspects. One aspect is your weight. Most boards come with size guidelines. However, a good rule of thumb if a size guide is not available is the longer board goes fast and the short board has more control. Stand the board up on its tail and hold it up to you.

Short (collarbone to chin) – shorter boards lead to more control. Riders who are inexperienced would probably want a board on the shorter side. Boarders who ride mostly in the park would also consider riding a shorter board.

Long (nose to chin) – all-mountain riders love the longer boards. The longer the board, the faster you will go. You forgo some control; however, you get more speed and float on snow.

Longest (nose or above) – if you ride in deep powder, a really long board might be a good option.

The next thing you need to consider is the width of the board. You want your feet to expand across the whole width of the board to ensure control. If your toes or heels hang off the edge of the board you need a wider board.

The size of the board is the most important when picking out a board that is right for you. There are many other variants in the board that you may want to consider. There is the flex of the board, camber and base. Although these are just small things, experienced riders may want to consider these when buying a board.

The camber of your board refers to the arch that extends the length of the board. For a more in depth overview of camber check out this post.

There are two types of bases: extruded and sintered. Extruded bases require less maintenance and wax. The extruded also is easier to fix when broken. A sintered base requires more waxing and maintenance but have better performance. The sintered base requires a regular wax otherwise the performance will decrease.

The flex of the board is basically how flexible the board is. A soft board is easier to control and less likely to catch edges. It’s a good option for freestyle riders. All-mountain riders usually prefer a mi-range flex, which is the most common. This flex is good for a variety of riding. If speed is your name, you will want to look for a stiff board. The stiffer boards are more stable at high speeds. They are also good for riding in powder.

When it comes to finding your perfect board, ignore the graphics and focus on what you want your board to do for you. Find out what aspects are important to you and find the board that fits your needs.

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