Submitted by Amber on January 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm
If you’re a skier looking to change things up, it turns out your skiing experience can make it easier to learn how to snowboard. You’re already familiar with the mountain resort environment and the concepts of edging and carving, and you’re already used to descending the mountain quickly. With this experience, you can reach the intermediate stage faster than someone who has never been on a mountain, though it’s different for everyone.
The Basic Differences
Though the differences between skiing and snowboarding may seem obvious, keep in mind we just want to be thorough.
- Skiing uses two “boards”, snowboarding uses one (we had to get that one out of the way)
- Skiers have poles to help them stay upright and standing when they’re not moving, whereas snowboarders constantly have to sit or work to remain on edge while they’re not moving
- Snowboarding is a lot easier on the knees than skiing, but is harder on your wrists
- It’s more difficult to get through flats on a snowboards, since you have no poles to help you out
- Snowboards work well in powder and crud, while skis are better in bumps and ice
- Once you’ve figured out how, it’s easier and faster to get up after a fall on a snowboard
- When you snowboard your feet are stuck together, which can be hard to get used to since you can’t step forward or backward to keep yourself from falling
- When you ski you don’t use your feet very much, but when you snowboard a small movement in your ankles can be the difference between standing up and eating snow
Some tips to get you started:
- You are going to fall, probably a lot
- Staying low can help with your balance
- Get yourself some knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet to keep from seriously injuring yourself.
We hope these tips help you out. Let us know how it goes!
Photos via www.bocatc.org and www.snowlife.org.uk
Submitted by Amber on January 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm
In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, and having already given up on a few of them, I thought it would be a good idea to share Becky Nix’s story for a little inspiration.
Eight and a half years is a long time to keep up with any hobby, which makes Becky’s 102 months of snowboarding so impressive. Her goal is to reach 120 consecutive months, which means she only has a year and a half left to go. According to this article, her love of snowboarding began with an invitation from a friend in the middle of August. Since then she has boarded in Chile, Canada, Switzerland, and Colorado, California, Oregon, and Utah in the US. For a trip to count, she must make 14 turns. September is always her hardest month, since the snow from the previous season is gone and winter hasn’t started yet, but she still finds a way.
Her dedication and follow-through make the idea of going once a month during the regular season seem do-able. We hope this helps you get out there and stick to it!
Submitted by Amber on January 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm
When you think New Year’s Resolution, what comes to mind? Probably weight loss or spending more time at the gym, right? Because of that, learning to do something new or spending more time doing what you love can get overlooked.
Learning to Board
For anyone who has always wanted to snowboard but hasn’t actually gone and done it, make it your goal for 2015! snowboardaddiction.com gives some great tips for beginners. To summarize, they said:
- start in the learners area or
“Bunny Hill” near the bottom of the run
- strap in to your board while sitting, facing downhill, then stand up and point your front hand down the fall line
- let yourself come to a stop as you ride into the flats after you’re comfortable controlling your speed and stopping on both edges, try starting at the top of the run
Don’t get discouraged if you fall a lot or if you feel like you’re terrible at it. Everyone has to start somewhere.
For more in-depth instructions, look here.
Spending More Time on the Slopes
It can be hard to make time to board, but there are three small things you can do to move your time around and get out there.
1. Put down your electronics. It’s amazing how much time is wasted in front of a screen. Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, are some of the biggest culprits. Instead of spending your Saturday glued to your phone or binge-watching your favorite show, go board instead.
2. Use a vacation day. You have vacation days for a reason. You may not want to use one so early in the year, but taking one day once or twice for a three-day weekend before the snow is gone is a great way to get some boarding in.
3. Get some sleep. To get the most out of your time snowboarding, make sure you sleep well before you hit the slopes. You don’t want to waste your vacation being tired. Make the most of your trip and stay well-rested so you have the energy you need on the slopes.
We hope this helps you keep your resolutions this year. We’ll see you out there!